Artes Liberales aims to promote the study of the Middle Ages – broadly defined in geography and chronology – from a perspective that transcends modern disciplinary divisions. It seeks to publish scholarship of the highest quality that is interdisciplinary in topic or approach, integrating elements such as history, art history, musicology, literature, religion, political thought, philosophy and science. The series particularly seeks to support research based on the study of original manuscripts and archival sources, and to provide a recognised venue for increased exposure for scholars at all career stages around the world.

Series Editors: Carrie E. Beneš, T. J. H. McCarthy, Stephen Mossman and Jochen Schenk.


This fascinating series interrogates the divisions between war and society, war and peace, allies and enemies, heroes and villains. The volumes span all corners of the globe, and address all types of warfare, while maintaining a focus on the cultural meanings of the myriad practices of modern war.

Series editors: Peter Gatrell, Max Jones, Ana Carden-Coyne, Penny Summerfield and Bertrand Taithe


This series responds to the growing interest in disability as a discipline worthy of historical research. It has a broad international historical remit, encompassing issues that include class, race, gender, age, war, medical treatment, professionalisation, environments, work, institutions and cultural and social aspects.

Series editors: Julie Anderson and Walton Schalick.


Over the past few decades cultural history has become the discipline of encounters. The issues raised by new ‘turnings’ – linguistic, pictorial and spatial – through theorists such as Bourdieu, Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze and Spivak have contributed to the emergence of cultural history as a forum for bold and creative exchange. This series places encounters – human, intellectual and disciplinary – at the heart of historical thinking. Encounters provides an arena for exploring new and reassembled historical subjects, for stimulating perceptions and reperceptions of the past, and for methodological challenges and innovations. It invites short, innovative and theoretically informed books from all fields of history.

Series editors: Roger Cooter, Harriet Ritvo, Carolyn Steedman, Bertrand Taithe


The expansion of research into the history of women and gender since the 1970s has changed the face of history. Using the insights of feminist theory and of historians of women, gender historians have explored the configuration in the past of gender identities and relations between the sexes. They have also investigated the history of sexuality and family relations, and analysed ideas and ideals of masculinity and femininity. Yet gender history has not abandoned the original, inspirational project of women’s history: to recover and reveal the lived experience of women in the past and the present. The series Gender in History provides a forum for these developments. Its historical coverage extends from the medieval to the modern period, and its geographical scope encompasses not only Europe and North America but all corners of the globe. The series aims to investigate the social and cultural constructions of gender in historical sources, as well as the gendering of historical discourse itself. It embraces both detailed case studies of specific regions or periods, and broader treatments of major themes. Gender in History titles are designed to meet the needs of both scholars and students working in this dynamic area of historical research.

Series editor: Lynn Abrams, Cordelia Beattie, Pam Sharpe and Penny Summerfield


The Historical Approaches series aims to make a distinctive contribution to current debate about the nature of the historical discipline, its theory and practice, and its evolving relationships to other cultural and intellectual fields. The intention of the series is to bridge the gap that sometimes exists between learned monographs on the one hand and beginners’ manuals on the other, by offering works that have the clarity of argument and liveliness of style to appeal to a general and student readership, while also prompting thought and debate among practising historians and thinkers about the discipline. Titles in the series will cover a wide variety of fields, and explore them from a range of different angles, but will have in common the aspiration of raising awareness of the issues that are posed by historical studies in today’s world, and of the significance of debates about history for a broader understanding of contemporary culture.

Series editor: Geoffrey Cubitt


Aimed at new researchers in history, this series offers practical introductions to specific genres of source, and to sources pertaining to specific sub-disciplines of history. Every volume provides a survey of the historiography, examines relevant methodological issues, looks at available primary sources in different media and formats, and discusses the problems of their access and interpretation. The books include practical case studies and examples to guide your research, and handy tips on how to avoid some of the pitfalls which may lie in wait for the inexperienced researcher. The guides are suitable for advanced final-year undergraduates, master’s and first-year PhD students, as well as for independent researchers who wish to take their work to a more advanced stage.

Series editors: Jane Winters, Simon Trafford and Jonathan Blaney


Looking at key moments in history, this series brings their own histories to life by examining highly charged dialogues, disagreements, controversies and shifting centres of interest, changing methodologies and discourses, and audience reception.

General Editors: Anke Bernau, David Matthews and James Paz
Editorial Board: Ruth Evans, Patricia C. Ingham, Andrew James Johnston, Chris Jones, Catherine Karkov, Nicola McDonald, Sarah Salih, Larry Scanlon and Stephanie Trigg


Manchester Medieval Sources provides translations of key sources that are directly usable in students’ own work, with accessible and contextual introductions and helpful annotations throughout. The books meet a growing need amongst students and teachers by providing texts central to medieval studies courses and focus upon the diverse cultural and social as well as political conditions that affected the functioning of all levels of medieval society.

Series advisors: Rosemary Horrox and Simon MacLean


The study of medieval Europe is being transformed as old orthodoxies are challenged, new methods embraced and fresh fields of enquiry opened up. The adoption of interdisciplinary perspectives and the challenge of economic, social and cultural theory are forcing medievalists to ask new questions and to see familiar topics in a fresh light. For twenty years, the series has combined scholarship traditionally associated with medieval studies, including political, economic, legal, social and religious history, with an awareness of more recent issues and approaches. Books are in a form accessible to the non-specialist reader, leading and encouraging debate and new lines of enquiry.

Series editor: Professor S. H. Rigby


A series of excellent edited volumes on a range of subjects in history, arising from the UCL Neale Lecture Colloquiums.

Editors: Catherine Hall and Julian Hoppit


This series provides an outlet for the publication of rigorous academic texts in the two closely-related disciplines of Nursing History and Nursing Humanities, drawing upon both the intellectual rigour of the humanities and the practice-based, real-world emphasis of clinical and professional nursing.

Series editors: Christine E. Hallett and Jane E. Schultz


This important series publishes monographs that take a fresh and challenging look at the interactions between politics, culture and society in Britain between 1500 and the mid-eighteenth century. It counteracts the fragmentation of current historiography through encouraging a variety of approaches which attempt to redefine the political, social and cultural worlds, and to explore their interconnection in a flexible and creative fashion. All the volumes in the series question and transcend traditional interdisciplinary boundaries, such as those between political history and literary studies, social history and divinity, urban history and anthropology. They thus contribute to a broader understanding of crucial developments in early modern Britain.

General editors: Alastair Bellany, Alexandra Gajda, Peter Lake, Anthony Milton and Jason Peacey


Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies is a collection of the Société d’Études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles promoting interdisciplinary work on the period c.1603–1815, covering all aspects of the literature, culture and history of the British Isles, colonial and post-colonial America, and other British colonies. The series welcomes academic monographs, as well as collective volumes of essays, that combine theoretical and methodological approaches from more than one discipline to further our understanding of the period and geographical areas.

General Editor: Anne Dunan-Page.


Social Archaeology and Material Worlds aims to forefront dynamic and cutting-edge social approaches to archaeology. It brings together volumes about past people, social and material relations and landscape as explored through an archaeological lens. Topics covered may include memory, performance, identity, gender, life course, communities, materiality, landscape and archaeological politics and ethnography. The temporal scope runs from prehistory to the recent past, while its geographical scope is global. Books in this series bring innovative, interpretive approaches to important social questions within archaeology. Interdisciplinary methods which use up to date science, history or both, in combination with good theoretical insight, are encouraged. The series aims to publish research monographs and well-focused edited volumes that explore dynamic and complex questions, the why, how and who of archaeological research.

Series editors: Joshua Pollard and Duncan Sayer


Social Histories of Medicine is concerned with all aspects of health, illness and medicine, from prehistory to the present, in every part of the world. The series covers the circumstances that promote health or illness, the ways in which people experience and explain such conditions, and what, practically, they do about them. Practitioners of all approaches to health and healing come within its scope, as do their ideas, beliefs, and practices, and the social, economic and cultural contexts in which they operate. Methodologically, the series welcomes relevant studies in social, economic, cultural, and intellectual history, as well as approaches derived from other disciplines in the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities. The series is a collaboration between Manchester University Press and the Society for the Social History of Medicine.


Edited volumes: David Cantor
Monographs: Keir Waddington


This series aims to publish challenging and innovative research in all areas of early modern continental history. It welcomes work that engages with current historiographical debates, adopts an interdisciplinary approach, or makes an original contribution to our understanding of the period.

Series editors: Joseph Bergin, William G. Naphy, Penny Roberts and Paolo Rossi


The study of early modern Irish history has experienced something of a renaissance in the last decade. However, studies tend to group around traditional topics in political or military history and significant gaps remain. The idea behind this series is to identify key themes and set the agenda for future research. Each volume in this series comes from leading scholars from Ireland, Britain, North America and elsewhere, addressing a particular subject. We aim to bring the best of Irish historical research to a wider audience, by engaging with international themes of empire, colonisation, religious change and social transformation.

Series editors: David Edwards and Micheál Ó Siochrú


The cultural construction of the British world

When the Studies in Imperialism series was founded by Professor John M. MacKenzie more than thirty years ago, emphasis was laid upon the conviction that ‘imperialism as a cultural phenomenon had as significant an effect on the dominant as on the subordinate societies’. With well over a hundred titles now published, this remains the prime concern of the series. Cross-disciplinary work has indeed appeared covering the full spectrum of cultural phenomena, as well as examining aspects of gender and sex, frontiers and law, science and the environment, language and literature, migration and patriotic societies, and much else. Moreover, the series has always wished to present comparative work on European and American imperialism, and particularly welcomes the submission of books in these areas. The fascination with imperialism, in all its aspects, shows no sign of abating, and this series will continue to lead the way in encouraging the widest possible range of studies in the field. Studies in Imperialism is fully organic in its development, always seeking to be at the cutting edge, responding to the latest interests of scholars and the needs of this ever-expanding area of scholarship.

Series editors: Andrew Thompson, Professor of Global and Imperial History at Nuffield College, Oxford and Alan Lester, University of Sussex and LaTrobe University
Founding Editor: Emeritus Professor John MacKenzie


This series is published in collaboration with the UK Society for the Study of French History. It aims to showcase innovative short monographs relating to the history of the French, in France and in the world since c.1750. Each volume speaks to a theme in the history of France with broader resonances to other discourses about the past. Authors demonstrate how the sources and interpretations of modern French history are being opened to historical investigation in new and interesting ways, and how unfamiliar subjects have the capacity to tell us more about the role of France within the European continent. The series is particularly open to interdisciplinary studies that break down the traditional boundaries and conventional disciplinary divisions.

Series editors: Máire Cross and David Hopkin


Bringing together Cultural History and Cultural Studies, the books in this series explain in a readable and accessible way where we are now socially and culturally and how we got to where we are, promote an interdisciplinary approach to cultural issues and encourage deeper thought about the attitudes and institutions of popular culture.

Series editor: Jeffrey Richards


This series offers specially commissioned, cross-disciplinary essays on texts of seminal importance to Western culture. Each text has had an impact on the way we think, write and live beyond the confines of its original discipline and it is only through an understanding of its multiple meanings that we can fully appreciate its importance.

Series editors: Jeff Wallace and John Whale
Founding editors: Stephen Copley and Jeff Wallace