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Thoroughly Modern Maxie: Robespierre’s Relevance for Democracy Today

By Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall Maximilien Robespierre has gotten a bad rap in the last 228 years. In popular culture, he has become synonymous with the French Revolution’s “Reign of Terror,” a bloodthirsty man fond of violence. However, this image...
From: Age of Revolutions on 8 Aug 2022

Genders and Sexualities in History series seeking proposals

The Palgrave series Genders and Sexualities in History (edited by Joanna Bourke, Sean Brady and Matthew Champion) is seeking proposals for monographs, edited collections and collections of source material relating to the history of premodern genders and...
From: ANZAMEMS Inc on 8 Aug 2022

Women and Warfare in the Renaissance and Reformation

My bibliographic essay on “Women and Warfare” was recently published by Oxford Bibliographies in the Renaissance and Reformation subject area. “Women and warfare is an emerging field in early modern history with a rapidly growing historiography....

Brushes with History: Women Artists in Revolutionary France and Britain

By Paris Spies-Gans “[I]t is very difficult to convey an idea today of the urbanity, the graceful ease, in a word the affability of manner which made the charm of Parisian society forty years ago,” the French painter Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le...
From: Age of Revolutions on 1 Aug 2022

“She had smothered her baby on purpose”: Enslaved Women and Maternal Resistance

This article is a part of our series, entitled “Age of Slavery,” which explores the existence, persistence, and abolition of slavery in the revolutionary era. By Signe Peterson Fourmy In Missouri in the spring of 1845, Vicey, an enslaved woman...
From: Age of Revolutions on 25 Jul 2022

Seminar on Gender and War

I enjoyed presenting my research on “Un courage viril. Le genre et la violence en France pendant les Guerres de Religion” in a seminar on Genre et Guerre at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium in May. The seminar on Genre...

VIDEO: Early Modern Typography / Race / Gender (Bibliographical Society of America)

In 2021, the Bibliographical Society of America graciously hosted a conversation about the intersection of typography (specifically, how typography was/is described, discussed, and understood to function culturally and politically) with discourses of...

Are Beards Over? A Historical Perspective.

Recently I spoke with the Guardian journalist Tim Dowling for an excellent article he was writing (published last week) about whether beards are finally ‘over’, and I thought it would be interesting to reflect on some of this. Since re-emerging around...
From: DrAlun on 25 Apr 2022

Andreu-Miralles, “Virility & Frailty in Spanish Liberalism (1808-14), G&H March

Xavier Andreu-Miralles, “A Fatherland of Free Men. Virility and ‘Frailty’ in Spanish Liberalism (1808-1814),” Gender and History 34/1 (2022).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 20 Apr 2022

Forensic Historians and War Crimes

War crimes are once again headline news these days, as the Russian withdrawal from the Kyiv region has exposed numerous bodies of Ukrainian civilians allegedly executed during the Russian offensive of February – March 2022. Ukrainian President Zelensky,...

Fighting the American Revolution: An Interview with Woody Holton

***** The scuffle over the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project—which has seen several eminent historians publicly pit themselves against the magazine issue and its editor, Nikole Hannah-Jones, over some of the most fundamental issues in United...
From: Age of Revolutions on 11 Apr 2022

Aotearoa Gender History Network First Session

You are warmly invited to the first session of the 2022 Aotearoa Gender History Network! Wednesday Rāapa 16 March, 12 pm – 1 pm NZT / 10 am – 11 am AEST, via zoomZoom link: https://waikato.zoom.us/j/97078105588 Speakers: Amelia BarkerPhD Candidate,...
From: ANZAMEMS Inc on 11 Mar 2022

‘A Few Drops of Milk Will Do’: Breast Milk as Medicine

By Julia Martins A few weeks after my baby was born, I noticed her tear ducts were blocked. Echoing Galen, the midwife suggested a few drops of breast milk to help treat and open the ducts. A few days later, the problem was solved, much to my astonishment....
From: The Recipes Project on 3 Mar 2022

Aotearoa Gender History Network

This is a regular, online seminar. Each session (held via zoom) features 2 x 10–12-minute research presentations on current research in Gender History with a focus on Aotearoa New Zealand, followed by discussion. Please be in touch if you would like...
From: ANZAMEMS Inc on 3 Mar 2022

Femmes à la cour de France

Tracy Adams has published a review of a collective volume on Femmes à la cour de France, edited by Caroline zum Kolk and Kathleen Wilson. I was pleased to write an essay for this collective volume on noblewomen from the Montmorency family during...

Remembering Florence in the Forgotten Centuries

Florence is almost always associated with the Renaissance, but until relatively recently the focus of Florentine history was on the quattrocento (1400s) and Republican Florence. Eric Cochrane’s groundbreaking work, Florence in the Forgotten Centuries:...

Fortuna and virtù: Embodying Classical Concepts in Renaissance Armour

The first half of the sixteenth century was a period dominated by repeated conflicts in Europe. The immense amounts of practical and ceremonial arms and armour that these conflicts required fuelled this so-called golden age of armour production seen in...
From: Sarah A Bendall on 31 Jan 2022

CRS Graduate Student Conference

The Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies is hosting its Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference online via Zoom, beginning today. Graduate students in Renaissance studies and pre-modern History at Northern Illinois University are...

Historical Action Figures

This Martin Luther King Day, a new historical action figure is being released. Mattel is launching a Barbie doll portraying Ida B. Wells. The Washington Post reports that “Black American journalist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells...

Digital Humanities and Renaissance Letter-Writing

Renaissance letter-writing is being re-examined using Digital Humanities tools to explore letterlocking techniques of securing correspondence. The New York Times explains: “To safeguard the most important royal correspondence against snoops and...

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