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Pollard Prize


The Annual Pollard Prize 2013 (sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.)

The Pollard Prize is awarded annually for the best paper presented at an Institute of Historical Research seminar by a postgraduate student or by a researcher within one year of completing the PhD.

Applicants are required to have delivered a paper at an IHR seminar during the academic year in which the award is made. Submissions should be supported by a reference from a convenor of the appropriate seminar.

First prize is fast track publication in the prestigious IHR journal, Historical Research, and £200 of Blackwell books.

Runner up prizes include publication in Historical Research, and a selection of Blackwell books. A variable number of runner up prizes will be awarded, depending on the quality of applications in any given year.

Enquiries and submissions should be directed to the Executive Editor, Historical Research (


May issue of Historical Research


The latest issue of Historical Research is now available (vol. 86, no. 232)


‘Magna Carta 1253: the ambitions of the church and the divisions within the realm’ and ‘More light on Henry III’s confirmation of Magna Carta in 1253′, David A. Carpenter;

‘The “Boroughbridge roll of arms” reconsidered’, Bridget Wells-Furby;

‘Talk, script and print: the making of island books in early modern Venice’, Anastasia Stouraiti;

‘”His neighbours land mark”: William Sykes and the campaign for ‘free trade’ in civil war England’, Thomas L. Leng;

‘Was there a British Georgian town? A comparison between selected Scottish burghs and English towns’, Charles McKean;

‘”The potent spirit of the black-browed Jacko”: new light on the impact of John Robinson on high politics in the era of the American Revolution, 1770–84′, Andrew Connell;

‘Quantifying the language of British politics, 1880–1910′, Luke Blaxill;

‘Sculpting the nation in early republican Turkey’, Faik Gur;

‘”Tolerance means weakness”: the Dachau concentration camp S.S., militarism and masculinity’, Christopher Dillon.

Look out for the August special issue Early Medieval Laws in Context based on papers from the 2011 conference at the Carlsberg Academy, Copenhagen

Historical Research, August 2012


The August 2012 issue of Historical Research is now available. Contents include articles on ‘John Cabot and his Italian financiers’ by Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli; ‘The medicalization of poverty in colonial India’ by David Arnold; ‘The origins of ‘liberalism’ in Britain: the case of The Liberal‘ by D. M. Craig; and ‘Pain, sympathy and the medical encounter’ by Joanna Bourke. Full contents on the Historical Research/Wiley web pages

New issue of Historical Research


The May 2012 issue of Historical Research (lxxxv, no. 228) is now available. Contents include:

The politics of remorse: penance and royal piety in the reign of Æthelred the Unready. Catherine Cubitt

The Montfortian bishops and the justification of conciliar government in 1264. Sophie Ambler

Mendicant order politics and the status of Christ’s shed blood. Antonia Fitzpatrick

Information, disinformation and political knowledge under Henry VII and early Henry VIII. C. S. L. Davies

Exclusive oratories and magnificent pagodas: the Anglican proprietary chapels of eighteenth-century Bath. Daniel Cummins

Supplied by the enemy: the Royal Navy and the British consular service in the Baltic, 1808–12. James Davey

Conservative veteran M.P.s and the ‘lost generation’ narrative after the First World War. Richard Carr

The Liberals and Afghanistan, 1878–80. Christopher Wallace

A catalyst for secession? European divisions on the parliamentary right of the Labour party 1962–72 and the schism of British social democracy. Stephen C. Meredith

Early View articles on Historical Research


The following new articles are available in the Early View issue of Historical Research:

The South Sea Company and its plan for a naval expedition in 1712. Shinsuke Satsuma

‘A Warning Against Quack Doctors’: the Old Bailey trial of Indian oculists, 1893. Sumita Mukherjee

Exclusive oratories and magnificent pagodas: the Anglican proprietary chapels of eighteenth-century Bath. Daniel Cummins

Supplied by the enemy: the Royal Navy and the British consular service in the Baltic, 1808–12. James Davey

British Unionism, the constitution and the referendum, c.1907–14. Kevin Manton

The Montfortian bishops and the justification of conciliar government in 1264. Sophie Ambler

Medicalizing the female reproductive cycle in rural Ireland, 1926–56. Ciara Breathnach

New issue of Historical Research


The November issue of Historical Research (vol. LXXXIV, no. 226) is now available.


Church, state and law: solutions to lay contumacy in the Anglo-Scottish borders during the later thirteenth century. Philippa M. Hoskin

Grave stuff: litigation with a London tomb-maker in 1421. Nigel Saul, Jonathan Mackman and Christopher Whittick

Thomas More, joint keeper of the exchange: a forgotten episode in the history of exchange control in England. George Ramsay (with comment by Martin Allen)

Uncovering the legislative process in the parliaments of James VI. Alan R. MacDonald

‘The Warre of the Commons for the honour of King Charles’: the parliament-men and the reformation of the lord admiral in 1626. Thomas Cogswell

The playing card trade in early modern England. Nicholas Tosney

Irish immigrants in Scotland’s shipyards and coalfields: employment relations, sectarianism and class formation. John Foster, Muir Houston and Chris Madigan

Revolutionary tribunals and the origins of terror in early Soviet Russia. Matthew Rendle

Rethinking a progressive moment: the Liberal and Labour parties in the 1945 general election. Peter Sloman

New Historical Research article: the parliaments of James VI


Using draft legislation from the period 1573–1621, Alan MacDonald’s new article reconstructs the Scottish parliamentary process under James VI. It examines how proposals reached parliament, how they were amended and approved in committee and before the full house, and what was done with the drafts after a parliamentary session. It argues against the traditional view of an impotent assembly and deepens our understanding of how the early modern Scottish parliament functioned. See ‘Uncovering the legislative process in the parliaments of James VI’ at Historical Research Early View

Health in History: a special multimedia virtual issue


Historical Research has produced a special multimedia virtual issue in conjunction with the Anglo-American Conference of Historians 2011, based on the theme of Health in History. The issue features podcasts of lectures from the conference, along with key articles from past issues of Historical Research, the journal of the Institute of Historical Research. Free access is offered for the first month.

Pollard Prize 2011


The winner of the 2011 Pollard Prize is Siobhan Talbott with ‘British commercial interests on the French Atlantic coast, c.1560-1713 (a paper originally given at the Economic and Social History of the Premodern World, 1500-1800 seminar). The article will appear in Historical Research in 2012.

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