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What is History For? 2: activism and historical imagination

What is History For? is a short series of articles in which historians explore the purpose and value of their research and craft. In this second post, Tionne Parris considers the example set by mid-20th-century Black radical women in their struggle for change. What might historical study of their approach to, and framing of, activism teach us about engaging with present-day challenges, of which the climate emergency looms largest? A version of Tionne's article was first presented at the 'What is History For?' conference held at the University of Birmingham, in May 2022.

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A (Dis)entangled History of Early Modern Cannibalism: Theory and Practice in Global History

In their new article, now published in 'Transactions of the Royal Historical Society', Stuart McManus and Michael T. Tworek offer a new approach to early modern global history. What they dub '(dis)entangled history' is a way to combine the conventional focus on the history of connections with a necessary appreciation of the elements of disconnection and disintegration. By tracing how discourses on cannibalism did and did not travel around the globe, they offer a theoretical statement and a concrete approach to writing about intermittent connectedness in the period 1500–1800.

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Rethinking Anglo-Papal Relations: Royal Reactions to the Receipt of Papal Letters

Each year, the Society awards four Fellowships to students enabling them to complete a History PhD. The RHS Centenary and Marshall Fellows for 2022/23 will shortly be appointed. Here Dan Armstrong, one of current Centenary Fellows, reflects on his research in 2021/2. Dan's study is of Anglo-Papal relations between the reigns of William the Conqueror and Henry I. In this post he considers how a single source -- a letter sent to Archbishop Lanfranc from Pope Calixtus II -- frames and informs his thesis.

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