The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Genealogies; or where a book comes from

As strange as it seems, I never meant to write a book about one man. It started with another man – an offcut from my PhD that didn’t make the … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Why do we need to rethink modern British studies?

Originally posted on Modern British Studies @ Birmingham:
Matt Houlbrook We came together as the new research centre Modern British Studies at Birmingham in February 2014. Our aim was to create…

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

What’s in a building?

This is Castleside, a grand late-Victorian building on Newnham Road in Bedford. For the three decades of the twentieth century Castleside was part of Bedford School, home to a handful … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Directions in Modern British Studies – Some Reflections

Originally posted on Modern British Studies @ Birmingham:
Chris Moores Our up-coming conference, is framed around the question ‘what does it mean to do British studies today’? This question looms large…

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why should historians blog?

Why should historians blog? Because, as Billie reminds us, we want to.

November 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Since I left you

Since I left you I found the world so new Everyday Avalanches, Since I Left You (2001) I haven’t written about Netley Lucas since Monday 29 September. Fifty-three days and … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

Big histories, small minds

Jo Guldi and David Armitage’s The History Manifesto was published in autumn 2014 by Cambridge University Press. Polemical and forceful, it is a ‘call to arms to historians and everyone interested in … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

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