The Early Modern Commons

Joanne Begiato Muses on History

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Inspiring History

15 April 2021

Historians’ motivation for researching the subjects they are passionate about are varied. It’s only in the last few years that we’ve been able to acknowledge the...

Favouritism in Georgian England

8 April 2021

Today we see favouring one child over another as a risk to happy family life and psychologically damaging for those who are least favoured. This is by no means new. Moral commentators...

Manliness in Britain 1760 – 1900: From Brookes to Book

5 December 2020

The story of my book, Manliness in Britain, 1760-1900: bodies, emotion, and material culture, is one that has at its heart my teaching. I think this is significant for a couple of reasons....

‘Simplify me when I’m dead’: emotions and agency, an intersubjective and hauntological approach

28 November 2020

Introduction I begin with Keith Douglas’s poem, Simplify me When I’m Dead (1946), whose title I incorporate in my own title. The poet’s imagining of what will be...