Future Imperfect? New book!

UCL Press has just released the edited volume that I prepared along with Chris Jeppesen, Britain, France and the Decolonization of Africa: Future Imperfect? (London: UCL Press, 2017). It is an open access collection, which means that you can read the book for free and download a PDF to keep. You can find the book on the UCL Press website by clicking HERE or on the cover … Continue reading Future Imperfect? New book!

Teaching French History

I wrote a piece for the Arts and Humanities as Higher Education blog, and you can find it by visiting that site, or clicking on this LINK. In that piece, I wrote up a roundtable discussion that we’d had at a workshop organised by Chris Millington. In the blog, I mentioned translated source collections, and if you wondered which were my favourites, then here are the three … Continue reading Teaching French History

Paper Trails CFP

Paper Trails Workshop, 19th-21st June 2017, University College London Often there is more than research inside the books we read. Bookmarks, train tickets, receipts, and menus tucked into pages offer clues about the life of the book itself. Yet the lives of our research material often go unmarked, lost between the gaps in disciplinary boundaries and narrow definitions. The biographies of books and documents can … Continue reading Paper Trails CFP

A gown for all ages: landscapes, objects, and family in a global context

On October the 16th, we christened my daughter Penelope. Having family and friends come along for the service, next to our new house in Motspur Park, felt like a milestone in our lives. When we first spoke about the Christening, my Mum mentioned that my Gran had looked out the gown that I was christened in. I thought it sounded really nice to re-use the … Continue reading A gown for all ages: landscapes, objects, and family in a global context

“Citizen of nowhere”: Revolution and reaction revived

“Citizen of nowhere”: there’s a poetic ring to it, I suppose, though its inference is dark. As Peter Catterall points out, Theresa May was probably seeking to echo George Canning, that staunch Anti-Jacobin and self-appointed defender of England’s constitution. In his sneering stab at ‘The New Morality’, Canning lampoons the imagined proponent of French Revolutionary values as: “A steady Patriot of the World alone, The … Continue reading “Citizen of nowhere”: Revolution and reaction revived

Doing History: A Timeline of My Book’s Publication

Someone asked me recently about my experience of publishing my book, and as I started thinking about it I realised that I’d never really put it on the page. Looking back over emails, I sketched out a timeline of the publishing process in the hope that it might be useful for anyone curious about how this works. I was very privileged to enjoy a smooth, … Continue reading Doing History: A Timeline of My Book’s Publication

Strength to Remain

Let’s not retreat into the nostalgic past, nor forfeit our influence. Let’s not surrender to fear & doubt. Let’s strive to remain together. Big organisations are messy by nature. The BBC has been described as more a warring federation than an organisation, bound by little but a collective commitment to its mission and its values; the NHS seems a vast, sprawling enterprise sometimes united only … Continue reading Strength to Remain

Life Cycles: The Ephemera of Research

Parking tickets, library cards, recipes, notes, and adverts; I love second-hand books and the stuff that you can find tucked inside them. These little things seem to make the everyday nature of their reading resonate, reminding me of the material history of the book alongside the wider history that I’m researching. Coming across someone else’s expired parking tickets (or their idle doodling) calls to mind … Continue reading Life Cycles: The Ephemera of Research