New Historical Perspectives

New Historical Perspectives is a new book series for early career scholars (within ten years of their doctorate), commissioned and edited by the RHS, and published by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and University of London Press. The series was launched in 2016 with support from Economic History and Past & Present societies. The first titles in the series were published from late 2019.

NHP offers its authors an opportunity to rewrite a PhD thesis for publication. The substantial reports of peer reviewers and the Author Workshops that we offer each of our authors are an essential part of that process.

All NHP titles are available as free Open Access (OA) downloads, eBooks, and in hard and paperback formats. Digital editions of each book feature on the OA platform of the University of London Press and JSTOR’s Open Access book platform, increasing discoverability and the option to access and share books at the chapter level. The cost of publishing NHP volumes as Open Access is covered by the RHS and the IHR, not the author or an author’s academic institution.

Current volumes in the NHP Series

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About the NHP Series

Open Access
New Historical Perspectives books are published simultaneously in both hard copy and as fully Open-Access high-quality digital publications through the Humanities Digital Library, a publishing platform from the University of London Press. Open access titles enjoy greater discoverability and accessibility. Unlike most Open Access publication routes, there are no fees for early career researchers publishing in the NHP series. The RHS and IHR will also advise on the correct licenses to ensure authors retain maximum control of their published works.

Flexible Formats
The series will accept proposals for a wide variety of different book types, including monographs, edited volumes, and shorter form works (such as those too long to be journal articles but not as long as traditional monographs).

Peer Review & Support
The RHS has assembled an expert editorial board (see below) to provide extensive editing and support to series authors, ensuring high standards of peer-reviewed scholarship. The author or editor of each work accepted will work closely with a contact person from the series, while monograph authors will also be eligible for ‘monograph workshops’ in which a panel of experts will offer feedback on a draft.

In addition to books solely authored by early career scholars, the series will also accept works produced by collaborations between early career historians and senior scholars.

All early career scholars who have received their doctoral degree from a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland within the last ten years are eligible to submit proposals to New Historical Perspectives.

Submit a Proposal

To submit a proposal, please download and complete the NHP-Proposal-Form. Send your completed proposal to:

Information for NHP authors and editors of manuscripts

NHP workshop guidelines


For general enquiries regarding the series, please email:

If you wish to contact the series co-editors directly, please email either Professor Elizabeth Hurren ( or Professor Heather Shore (

NHP Editorial Board

Series Co-Editors

Prof. Elizabeth Hurren (University of Leicester): social histories of the body,  medicine, poverty and welfare from 1550 to the present.

Prof. Heather Shore (Manchester Metropolitan University): English/British social history from the 18th to the 20th centuries, with particular reference to crime, policing and youth.

Editorial Board Members

Prof. Charlotte Alston (University of Northumbria): Late 19th and early 20th century international/transnational history, Russian-Western relations, Russian Revolution, World War I.

Prof. David Andress (University of Portsmouth): France, Britain and Europe in late-18th and early 19th centuries, French Revolution, French Empire and French global interactions, 1750 to 1850.

Dr Philip Carter (Royal Historical Society): 18th century British social history.

Prof. Ian Forrest (University of Oxford): Social, religious and economic history of Europe between 1200 and 1500, heresy and inquisition, social life and social regulation, power.

Prof. Leigh Gardner (London School of Economics): economic and financial history of sub-Saharan Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on Africa’s global connections.

Prof. Alec Ryrie (Durham University): Religious history, Protestant Reformation in Europe, particularly England and Scotland.

Prof. Richard Toye (University of Exeter): late-19th to 20th century Britain, politics and economics

Dr Natalie Zacek (University of Manchester): 17th to 19th century Americas and Atlantic World, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, political culture, practices of elite hegemony, slavery, race and settler colonialism.

Founding and Previous Co-Editors: Professors Penny Summerfield, Simon Newman and Jane Winters.