A Window on Architectural Glass

Dr Daniel Jütte is Associate Professor at New York University and the author of ‘The Age of Secrecy: Jews, Christians, and the Economy of Secrets, 1400-1800’ (Yale University Press, 2015) and ‘The Strait Gate: Thresholds and Power in Western History’ (Yale University Press, 2015). He is currently working on a history of transparency from antiquity to modern times.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he explains how the introduction of glass windows was bound up with broader social and cultural changes in early modern Europe, which he discusses further in his recent article ‘Comfort, Class and Climate Change: The Rise of Glass in Late Medieval and Early Modern Domestic Architecture’, Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 5 (2018), pp. 621-641.

War and Childhood

Dr Mischa Honeck and Dr James Marten are co-editors of ‘War and Childhood in the Era of the Two World Wars’, an new edited volume published by Cambridge University Press. In their contribution to the Research Exchange, they reflect on the young lives and uncomfortable realities featured in this collection, which complicates the standard equation of childhood and victimhood in times of war.

Dr Mischa Honeck teaches US and transatlantic history at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.  He was a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and is the author of Our Frontier Is the World: The Boy Scouts in the Age of American Ascendancy (Cornell University Press, 2018).

Dr James Marten is Chair of History at Marquette University, Wisconsin, and a leading authority in both the history of the US Civil War and the history of childhood, whose books include ‘The Children’s Civil War’ (University of North Carolina Press, 1998).

Preserving the Country Heart of England

Dr Amy Palmer is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Roehampton. She is a former school teacher whose research interests lie in children’s literature and policy development in the history of early years education, including her doctoral research on ‘Nursery schools or nursery classes? An analysis of national and local policy in England 1918-1972’. She has published in the journals History of Education and Paedagogica Historica. 

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, Dr Pamer reflects on how she came to research the Peasant Arts Movement in her latest journal article ‘Radical Conservatism and International Nationalism: The Peasant Arts Movement and Its Search for the Country Heart of England’ in Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 5 (2018), pp. 663-680.

Empires of the Mind

Robert Gildea is Professor of Modern History at Worcester College, University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books on everyday life and resistance, collective memory and political culture in French history, including ‘Marianne in Chains: In Search of the German Occupation, 1940-45’ (Macmillan, 2002),  ‘Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914’ (Allen Lane, 2008) and ‘Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance’ (Harvard University Press, 2015).

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on how his new book, ‘Empires of the Mind: The Colonial Past and the Politics of the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2019)’, came to be compaison between the legacies and politics of the colonial past in France and Britain.

Black Sailors and Legal History from the Bottom Up

Dr Michael A. Schoeppner is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maine, Farmington. His research explores how the lived experience of race intersected with and informed legal culture and constitutional change in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on the writing of his new book, ‘Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors, Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America’ (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which was awarded the 2017 Hines Prize by the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program at the College of Charleston.

Punk Rock, Provincial Pride and the History of Local Journalism

Dr Andrew Hobbs is a senior lecturer in international journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, interested in provincial print culture of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is currently working on a scholarly edition of the only known diaries of a provincial 19th-century journalist, Anthony Hewitson (1836-1912). Follow @HewitsonDiaries for daily extracts from the diaries.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he explains the emotions and experiences behind his new open-access book, ‘A Fleet Street in Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855-1900’ (Open Book, 2018).

Justifying Corporal Punishment

Andrew Burchell recently submitted his PhD thesis at the University of Warwick, funded by the Wellcome Trust, which examines the relationship between school discipline and the development of theories surrounding adolescence in twentieth-century Britain.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on the history of corporal punishment and school discipline, themes which he explores in his recent article ‘In Loco Parentis, Corporal Punishment and the Moral Economy of Discipline in English Schools, 1945–1986’, Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 4 (2018), pp. 551-570.

Opera before “Elitism”

Dr Alexandra Wilson is Reader in Music at Oxford Brookes University, where she researches the social and cultural history of opera. She is the author of ‘The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity’ (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and ‘Opera: A Beginner’s Guide’ (OneWorld Publications, 2010).

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses her research on Opera’s surprising place in the 1920s ‘battle of the brows’ for her new book ‘Opera in the Jazz Age: Cultural Politics in 1920s Britain’ (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Charity Entrepreneurs

Dr Sarah Roddy is Lecturer in Modern Irish History at the University of Manchester. She is the author of ‘Population, providence and empire: the churches and emigration from nineteenth-century Ireland’ (Manchester University Press, 2014).

In her contribution for the Research Exchange, she explains how innovative and competitive the fundraisers were that she researched for her new book with Julie-Marie Strange and Bertrand Taithe, ‘The Charity Market and Humanitarianism in Britain, 1870–1912’ (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Rethinking Learie Constantine

Jeffrey Hill is an emeritus professor of historical and cultural studies at De Montfort University. He has written on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century popular culture, with a special emphasis in recent years on the study of sport and its ideological influences.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he discusses the need to tell the story of cricketing hero Learie Constantine with a new focus on race, Empire and the Commonwealth. ‘Learie Constantine and Race Relations in Britain and the Empire’ was published by Bloomsbury in December 2018.