Monthly Round Up: March


Prof Pettegree receiving the Goldsmiths award

Prof Pettegree receiving the Goldsmiths award

Prof Richard Whatmore recently appeared on ‘In Our Time’ on Radio 4 to discuss Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. The programme can be found here.

In March, Prof Pettegree travelled to Harvard to receive the Goldsmith Prize of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for his book The Invention of News. Awarded annually by the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, the prize honours the book that best fulfils the objective of improving democratic governance through an examination of the intersection between the media, politics and public policy.

On 5 March, Dr Aileen Fyfe featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Inside Science,’ speaking to Adam Rutherford about the history of Philosophical Transactions. On 6th March, both Dr Fyfe and Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, spoke at the Royal Society’s celebration of the 350thanniversary of the founding of the world’s oldest scientific journal. The evening included a viewing of the exhibition curated by the St-Andrews-based Phil Trans research team, and the first showing of the ‘Science Stories’ films.

Prof Steve Murdoch recently participated on a BBC Programme on early modern espionage entitled, ‘Diplomats and Double Agents.’

From 23rd March to 4th April, Dr Akhila Yechury was at Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 as a visiting professor.

Staff Activity

Prof Michael Brown gave a public lecture at an event entitled ‘What made the Borders?’. The event launched the RSE @ Scottish Borders programme, which will run through 2015. The lecture was held at Galashiels Academy on 25th February.

Dr Aileen Fyfe gave a talk on ‘Editors and Referees in the Making of Scientific Knowledge: Philosophical Transactions in the Nineteenth Century’ at the University of Leeds on 11th February, and at the University of Edinburgh on 23rd February.

On 11th March, Prof Richard Whatmore spoke on ‘Anarchists, Terrorists, Republicans and Revolutionaries at the End of the Eighteenth Century’ at the History Research Seminar, University of Dundee.

On 12th March, Dr Konrad Lawson delivered a paper entitled ‘Finding Resistance Elsewhere: The Civil War in Spain and Japan’s Invasion of China’ to the World History Seminar at Cambridge University. On 14th March, he presented a paper, ‘Between Post-Occupation and Post-Colonial: Framing the Recent Past in the Philippine Treason Amnesty Debate, 1948’, at the University of Zürich conference, ‘The Circulation of (Post)Colonial Knowledge: A Transpacific History, 1800-1980.’

Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams gave a paper entitled ‘Atlantis, Druids, and Megaliths: Making Sense of the Ancient Landscape in Early Modern Europe’ at the EMPHASIS Seminar, School of Advanced Study, University of London, on 7th March.

On 31st March, Dr Gillian Mitchell presented a paper entitled ‘Youth Clubs, the Christian Churches and Popular Music in Britain, 1956-1965,’ at ’Recording Leisure Lives: Places and Spaces of Leisure in 20th-Century Britain’, a conference organised by the Centre for Worktown Studies, University of Bolton, and held at the University of Sussex.

Two members of the ISHR recently presented at IHR seminars. Dr Adam Marks presented a paper,‘England and the Thirty Years’ War: the English Military Diaspora and the Early Stuart State,’ at the Tudor and Stuart History Seminar on 9th March. On 10th March, Mr Adam Grimshaw presented a paper,‘Interfering Interlopers’: Independent Traders and the Subversion of English Corporate Structures,’ at the Political Economies of International Commerce Seminar.

Recent Publications from the School

Andrew PeacockThe Great Seljuk Empire (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).

The Great Seljuk Empire was the Turkish state which dominated the Middle East and Central Asia in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. This book surveys that period, which was one of exceptional importance, witnessing profound demographic, religious, political and social changes in the Islamic Middle East. The Turkish invasions played a role in provoking the Crusades, led to the collapse of Byzantine power in Anatolia and brought about the beginnings of Turkish settlement in what is now Turkey and Iran, permanently altering their ethnic and linguistic composition. This is the first book in a western language to offer an overview of this major Islamic empire.

Andrew Peacock and Annabel Teh Gallop, eds., From Anatolia to Aceh: Ottomans, Turks, and Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, 2015)

The papers in this volume represent the first attempt to bring together research on all aspects of the relationship between the Ottoman world and Southeast Asia – political, economic, religious and intellectual – much of it based on documents newly discovered in archives in Istanbul

Bernhard Struck, Davide Rodogno, and Jakob Vogel, eds., Shaping the Transnational Sphere: Experts, Networks and Issues from the 1840s to the 1930s (New York, Berghahn, 2014).

In the second half of the nineteenth century a new kind of social and cultural actor came to the fore: the expert. During this period complex processes of modernization, industrialization, urbanization, and nation-building gained pace, particularly in Western Europe and North America. These processes created new forms of specialized expertise that grew in demand and became indispensible in fields like sanitation, incarceration, urban planning, and education. Often the expertise needed stemmed from problems at a local or regional level, but many transcended nation-state borders. Experts helped shape a new transnational sphere by creating communities that crossed borders and languages, sharing knowledge and resources through those new communities, and by participating in special events such as congresses and world fairs.

Richard Whatmore, ‘Thomas Paine’, in Constitutions and the Classics: A Collection of Essays on Selected Authors from Fortescue to Dicey, ed. Denis Galligan (Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 414-437.

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