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Faculty of History

Most of the experience of humanity is contained in the past. Medieval and modern history has been studied at Oxford for longer than at almost any other university: a Regius Professor of Modern History was first appointed in 1724, and undergraduate examinations began in 1850.
Today the University is one of the world's most encompassing centres for the study of history. The faculty has about a hundred permanent teaching staff, nearly twelve hundred undergraduates, and almost five hundred graduate students attracted from many countries. Historians also abound in other departments. At their service is the Bodleian library and its ancillaries, which count among the greatest of research collections.
They work and live in forty-five college communities, in buildings ranging from honey-coloured medieval quads, to the most controversial of post-modernist architecture, all set within the lively, thriving, and beautiful city of Oxford.

Series associated with Faculty of History

Cantemir Institute
Centre for the Study of the Book
Diplomacy and culture at the Ottoman Court
Global and Imperial History Research Seminar
Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series, 2016-2017
History Faculty
Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction
Spain: 1959 - 1992
Stories, Spaces and Societies - Globalising and Localising the Great War
The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII
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1 Creative Commons Music and Morale in the British Army, 1914-1918 Dr Emma Hanna (University of Kent) gives a talk for the Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series. Emma Hanna 12 Sep 2017
2 Creative Commons From Bandage Wallahs to Knights of the Red Cross: The Men of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War Dr Jessica Meyer (Leeds) gives a talk for the Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series. Jessica Meyer 12 Sep 2017
3 Creative Commons Ego-Documents and Official History: Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria's Diary and the Battle for Memory, 1914-39 Dr Jonathan Boff (University of Birmingham) gives a talk for the Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series. Jonathan Boff 12 Sep 2017
4 Creative Commons The Fortress: A Case Study of Total War in the East, 1914-15 Professor Alexander Watson (Goldsmith's University) gives a talk for the Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series. Alexander Watson 12 Sep 2017
5 Creative Commons Enmity or empathy? Jacques Rivière's L'Allemand Dr Arabella Hobbs (University of Pennsylvania) gives a talk for the Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series. Arabella Hobbs 12 Sep 2017
6 Creative Commons Kde domov muj and Wacht am Rhein: Singing Loyalty and Disloyalty in Habsburg Bohemia during the First World War Dr Tamara Scheer (Ludwig Boltzmann-Institute for Historical Social Science/Institute for East European History, University of Vienna) gives a talk for the Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series. Tamara Scheer 12 Sep 2017
7 Creative Commons Rescuing Maritime Strategy from the Continental Commitment: Julian Corbett's analysis of Gallipoli and Jutland in the Official History of Naval Operations Professor Andrew Lambert (King’s College London), gives a talk for the Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series. Andrew Lambert 12 Sep 2017
8 Creative Commons Scholarly identities in war and peace: the Paris Peace Conference and the mobilization of intellect Dr Tomás Irish (Swansea University), gives a talk for the Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series. Tomás Irish 12 Sep 2017
9 Creative Commons Victorious in name only: The Portuguese Republic and its empire at war, 1916-1918 Professor Filipe Rebeiro de Meneses (Maynooth University), gives a talk for the Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series. Filipe Rebeiro de Meneses 12 Sep 2017
10 Creative Commons Tabriz under two rival empires: Ottomans and Russians during the Great War Fatemeh Masjedi (Zentrum Moderner Orient) gives a talk for the Globalising and Localising the Great War seminar series. Fatemeh Masjedi 12 Sep 2017
11 Creative Commons Art and Diplomacy: Peter Coeke Van Aelst's Journey Constantinople Talitha Schepers discusses the images that Pieter Coecke van Aelst produced of the court of Suleiman I and their links to diplomacy. Talitha Schepers 07 Apr 2017
12 Creative Commons The Benefits of Permanent Diplomacy: Two Foreign Attempts to Influence Ottoman-Spanish Relations in the Second half of the 16th Century Aneliya Stoyanova discusses dynastic diplomacy at the Ottoman court by analysing the co-operation between the Spanish and Austrian branches of the Habsburg dynasty. Aneliya Stoyanova 07 Apr 2017
13 Creative Commons Beyond the Topkapi Palace: Space, Status and Commensurability in the Venetian Diplomatic Experience Maxwell Hudson discusses how diplomacy at the Ottoman court was marked by ceremonies across the city and in everyday interactions between ambassadors and Ottoman officials. Maxwell Hudson 07 Apr 2017
14 Creative Commons Diplomacy at Constantinople in Comparative Perspective Using diplomatic reports, this talk discusses the cultural relativism at play when diplomats moved between the Ottoman court and other Islamic courts in India and north Africa. Tracey Sowerby 07 Apr 2017
15 Creative Commons European Ambassadors and Non-European Embassies in Constantinople Discusses the extent to which European diplomats at the Ottoman court interacted with and learned about embassies from beyond Europe. Tracey Sowerby 07 Apr 2017
16 Creative Commons Cultures of Diplomacy at the Ottoman Court: An Introduction Discusses recent developments in how we think about early modern diplomatic history and why we should look at all diplomacy taking place in a particular court. Tracey Sowerby 07 Apr 2017
17 Nicholas Crouch's seventeenth-century books Professor Adam Smyth talks to cataloguer Lucy Kelsall and book conservator Nikki Tomkins about the seventeenth-century library of Nicholas Crouch, now in Balliol College, and how to deal with fragile books. Adam Smyth, Lucy Kelsall, Nikki Tomkins 13 Mar 2017
18 'The Marrow of the Tragedy is Concentrated in the Hospitals': Negotiating Trauma and Resilience in the Narratives of Medical Personnel in the Great War The closing keynote by Dr Jane Potter illuminates how medics and nurses charged with treating the war wounded responded to and processed their experiences, analysing the stories these healers left behind and the silent spaces within them. Jane Potter 21 Oct 2016
19 Public or Private? Personal Correspondence during the Great War In the first keynote of the conference, Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin, University of Oxford) explores the convergence of the public and private spheres during the Great War through the practice of letter-writing. John Horne 21 Oct 2016
20 Creative Commons Kings and peoples This lecture argues that engagement in war vitally shaped the relationship of Henry VIII's subjects with the king and with his immediate successors. Steven Gunn 12 Oct 2016
21 Creative Commons Killing and dying This lecture asks what weapons people owned in Henry VIII's England and whether they knew how to use them, some of its evidence drawn from coroners' inquests into accidents with bows, guns and swords. Steven Gunn 12 Oct 2016
22 Creative Commons Trade and tillage This lecture examines war and the economy in Henry VIII's England: heavy taxation and disrupted trade threatened recession. Steven Gunn 12 Oct 2016
23 Creative Commons Noblemen and gentlemen This lecture explores how military service related to the social power and self-image of lords and gentlemen in Henry VIII's England. Steven Gunn 12 Oct 2016
24 Creative Commons Towns and villages This lecture uses the records of hundreds of parishes and boroughs to see how communities coped with the pressures of war in Henry VIII's England. Steven Gunn 12 Oct 2016
25 Creative Commons Wars and Rumours of Wars This lecture introduces the series and asks how many people took part in war in Henry VIII's England and how far those not directly involved were aware of what was happening. Steven Gunn 12 Oct 2016
26 Creative Commons Lecture 4: Spain and the World (1976-1992) Spain on the international stage. Marina Perez de Arcos 16 Dec 2015
27 Creative Commons Lecture 3: Institutions of Democracy: King, President, Parliament, and Autonomous Communities Democratic institution building. Marina Perez de Arcos 16 Dec 2015
28 Creative Commons Lecture 2: The Spanish Transition (1975-1978) Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy in the 1970s. Marina Perez de Arcos 16 Dec 2015
29 Creative Commons Lecture 1: Development and Dissent in Franco's Spain (1959-1975) Economic development and political dissent in Franco's Spain. Marina Perez de Arcos 16 Dec 2015
30 Graham Greene and Josephine Reid Adam Smyth talks to Balliol College, Oxford archivist Anna Sander about an exciting new archive of letters relating to Graham Greene and his secretary, Josephine Reid. Adam Smyth, Anna Sander 13 May 2015
31 Creative Commons Hand-press printing A demonstration of and discussion about hand-press printing with the Bodleian's Dr Paul Nash. Paul Nash, Adam Smyth 25 Sep 2014
32 Creative Commons Scribal correction and literary craft: English manuscripts 1375-1510 Adam Smyth talks to Professor Daniel Wakelin about his new book on cultures of correction in later medieval manuscripts. Daniel Wakelin, Adam Smyth 08 Jul 2014
33 Creative Commons 'Almost Identical': Copying Books in England, 1600-1900 Henry Woudhuysen joins Adam Smyth to discuss the history of facsimiles. Henry Woudhuysen, Adam Smyth 19 Jun 2014
34 Creative Commons The History of Oxford University Press Adam Smyth is joined by Professor Ian Gadd to discuss his just-published collection on the history of OUP. Adam Smyth, Ian Gadd 17 Mar 2014
35 Creative Commons Bibliography in Bits Adam Smyth talks to Professor Will Noel about the potentials of digital technology for the study of manuscripts. Will Noel, Adam Smyth 23 Feb 2014
36 Creative Commons Early modern plays in bits and pieces Professor Tiffany Stern joins Dr Adam Smyth to discuss her current research on the materiality of the early modern play text. What happens to our thinking about plays when prologues, epilogues and songs become mobile pieces, detached from the whole? Tiffany Stern, Adam Smyth 03 Feb 2014
37 Creative Commons 1968 Then and Now Professor Robert Gildea, Lecturer in History in Oxford, gives the Eighth Oxford Historians' Alumni Lecture on his research on political activists in Europe in the 1960s and their experiences during this time. Robert Gildea 17 Jun 2013
38 Creative Commons Two opposed catholic nationalisms: Ukrainian Galicians in the Second Polish Republic (1923-1939) Dr Alessandro Milani (EHESS, Paris) gives a talk for the Cantemir Institute East and East-Central Europe seminar series. Alessandro Milani 13 Mar 2013
39 Creative Commons Family systems in historic Poland-Lithuania: Demographic perspectives on civilisational divide in Eastern Europe Mikolaj Szoltysek (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock) gives a talk for the Cantemir Institute on 12th February 2013. Mikolaj Szoltysek 06 Mar 2013
40 Creative Commons Encountering and Appropriating Cityscapes: Lviv and Wroclaw after 1944/45 Sofia Dyak (Center for Urban History, Lviv) gives a talk for the Cantemir Institute. Sofia Dyak 06 Mar 2013
41 Creative Commons Abbasid Culture and the Universal History of Freethinking Professor Al-Azmeh, Professor in the School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, Central European University, Budapest, gives a talk for the Cantemir Institute. Aziz Al-Azmeh 06 Mar 2013
42 Creative Commons Utopia and Terror: How interdisciplinary methodologies can help us understand violent societies. The example of Croatian Ustasha regime Part of the Cantemir Institute seminar series. Rory Yeomans, senior research analyst at the Ministry of Justice, gives a talk on how interdisciplinary methodologies help us understand violent societies. Rory Yeomans 12 Feb 2013
43 Creative Commons Bygone Glories and Frivolous Pleasures: The Rococo Revival and National Identity in Austrian and Hungarian Art, 1840-1860 Part of the East and Est-Central Europe Seminar series. Dr Nóra Veszprémi (Cantemir Fellow, Budapest) gives a talk on art and identity in Austria and Hungary in the mid 19th Century. Nóra Veszprémi 24 Jan 2013
44 Creative Commons Majorities and Minorities in Interwar Timişoara: Between Fictive and Ethnicity and Ideal Nation Professor Victor Neumann (West University of Timisoara) delivers a lecture as part of the East and East-Central Europe Seminar Series at the Cantemir Institute. Victor Neumann 19 Oct 2012
45 Empire and Globalisation: A Cultural Economy of the British World, 1850 to 1914 - Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar Andrew Thompson, Prfoessor of Modern History, University of Exeter, gives a talk for the Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar series. Andrew Thompson 09 Jul 2012
46 Creative Commons Contested Spaces in a Global City: The Changing Religious Landscape of Multicultural London - Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar Professor John Eade, Roehampton University, gives a talk for the Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar. John Eade 09 Jul 2012
47 Creative Commons Marxism and the Kemalist 'Sonderweg' (through the eyes of the Turkish Communist poet Nazim Hikmet) Professor Halil Berktay delivers the final lecture in the Trinity term East and East Central Europe Seminar Series. Halil Berktay 28 Jun 2012
48 Creative Commons Transformational Leap as the basic Metaphor of Russian Sonderweg Theories Professor Andrei Zorin presents the third East and East Central Europe seminar lecture for the Cantemir Institute on Thursday 7 June. Andrei Zorin 28 Jun 2012
49 Modernist Writing and Modernist Events: Fictions of Holocaust Often described as one of the most important historical theorists of our times, Hayden White discusses the ethical and aesthetic implications for discourses dealing with the Holocaust, genocide and industrialized death. Hayden White 27 Jun 2012
50 Creative Commons Institutional hypocrisy: the Imperial Diet in the 18th century - a German Sonderweg? Professor Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (University of Münster) delivers a lecture as part of the "East and East-Central Europe: Special Paths (Sonderwege) in European Perspective" seminar series. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger 25 May 2012
51 Creative Commons The Irish Soldier in India, 1857-1922: The Formation and Negotiation of Stereotypes and Identities - Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar Alexander Bubb, DPhil Candidate, English Faculty, Oxford, gives a talk for The Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar series. Alexander Bubb 02 Feb 2012
52 Creative Commons Asian Migration and the 'British World', circa 1850-1914 (Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar) Rachel Bright, Lecturer in History, Keele University, gives a talk for The Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar series. Rachel Bright 02 Feb 2012
53 Creative Commons Transnational Cartography? A Circum-Atlantic Solution to the Niger Problem, 1795-1842 - Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar Dr David Lambert, Reader in Historical Geography, University of London, gives a talk for The Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar series. David Lambert 02 Feb 2012
54 Creative Commons Is a History of Humanity Possible? - Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar John Docker (Honorary Professor, History, Sydney) and Anne Curthoys (Professor, History, Sydney) give a talk for the Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar series. John Docker, Anne Curthoys 02 Feb 2012
55 Creative Commons The Location of Homophobia - Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar Rahul Rao, Lecturer, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, gives a talk for the Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar series. Rahul Rao 02 Feb 2012
56 The Power of Speech: Orality, Oaths and Evidence in the British Atlantic World, 1630-1830 - Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar Professor Miles Ogborn, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, gives a talk for the Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar series. Miles Ogborn 02 Feb 2012
57 Creative Commons Europe's Muslim Passions - Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar Faisal Devji, Reader in Indian History, Oxford, gives a talk for the Oxford Transnational and Global History Seminar. Faisal Devji 02 Feb 2012
58 Humanitarian Intervention in Africa: History, Theory, Policy and Practice Meanings, definitions, and problems with humanitarian intervention from international relations and historical perspectives from a British Academy funded workshop on Humanitarian Intervention at Nuffield College, Oxford 21 June 2011. Jennifer Welsh, Bronwen Everill, Josiah Kaplan, Nina Berman 09 Sep 2011
59 Creative Commons The Weird World of Seventies Britain Dominic Sandbrook is a prolific writer of books on the recent history of Britain and America, as well as a regular columnist in BBC History magazine, the Evening Standard, the Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Dominic Sandbrook 13 Jul 2011
60 Creative Commons Votes for Women, Chastity for Men Robert Saunders gives a lecture on the Suffragette movement and the campaign for universal suffrage in Britain. Robert Saunders 13 Jul 2011
61 The Pivot of Empire: The War of the Spanish Succession, Party Politics, and the Shaping of the British Empire Having rewritten the historiography of the Glorious Revolution in his most recent work, 1688: the first modern revolution, Professor Pincus (Yale) is now considering the later seventeenth and early eighteenth century. Steven Pincus 13 Jul 2011
62 Creative Commons Introduction to the Conference Jonathan Waterlow introduces the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Jonathan Waterlow 01 Mar 2011
63 Creative Commons Research in Private vs. Institutional Archives: Difference in Approaches, Unity of Aims Fifteenth and final presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Alex Titov 22 Feb 2011
64 Creative Commons Newspapers Beyond Text: Mapping Komosomol'skaya pravda, 1950-1964 Fourteenth presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Simon Huxtable 22 Feb 2011
65 Creative Commons The Elusive Censor: The Difficulties of Researching Soviet Censorship Thirteenth presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Samantha Sherry 22 Feb 2011
66 Creative Commons Myth, Memory, Fandom: Konstantin Simonov and his Readers in the 1950s and 1960s Twelfth presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Polly Jones 22 Feb 2011
67 Creative Commons Listening for Twenty Years Eleventh presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Catharine Merridale 22 Feb 2011
68 Creative Commons A Russianist's Adventures in Central Asian Cinema Tenth presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Seth Graham 22 Feb 2011
69 Creative Commons Whose Voice is it Anyway? - Film Dubbing in the Soviet Republic Ninth presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. JJ Gurga 22 Feb 2011
70 Creative Commons Sonic Sources and the study of Bela Bartok's 'Romanian Folk Dances Eight presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Joshua Waldon 22 Feb 2011
71 Creative Commons Silence in the Archives Seventh presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Claire Knight 22 Feb 2011
72 More 'History from the side': Researching Social History of Medicine of the Late Imperial and Early Soviet era Sixth presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Simon Pawley 22 Feb 2011
73 Creative Commons The Human Science in Revolutionary Russia: Using specialist and 'thick' journals Fifth presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Daniel Beer 22 Feb 2011
74 Creative Commons Using 1950s-1960s sources: the case of Soviet Policy in west Africa Fourth presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Alessandro Iandolo 22 Feb 2011
75 Creative Commons But there was no humour in the 1930s! - Researching around the system Third presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Jon Waterlow 22 Feb 2011
76 Creative Commons Researching Soviet Social History in the 1920s Second Presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Andy Willimot 22 Feb 2011
77 Creative Commons Using Manuscripts to Research Russian History - The Case of 17th Century Medical Texts First Presentation of the Research Approaches to Former Soviet States: A Practical Introduction conference. Introduction by Jon Waterlow. Clare Griffin 22 Feb 2011
78 'Encountering Islam in Eastern African: Transnational History and Imperialism, c. 1880-1930' Prof. Anderson (Oxford University) examines the tumultuous history in the Jubaland area of southern Somalia and northern Kenya at the turn of the 20th century. David Anderson 09 Feb 2011
79 Creative Commons 'Migrants and the Marginalised in the Colonial and Post-Colonial British World' Professor Stephen Constantine (Lancaster University) presents research on migration within the British world and the effects it has on the marginalisation of different social groups. Stephen Constantine 31 Jan 2011
80 'From Mission to Dialogue? Christianity in the Wake of Indian Independence' Dr Christopher Harding (Edinburgh University) presents his research on the history of Christian contemplatives in post-independence India. Christopher Harding 31 Jan 2011
81 Creative Commons Creating Power: Changing Character of War Program 2010 Annual Lecture Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman of King's College, London, gives the 2010 Changing Character of War lecture on the 29th November 2010 entitled 'Creating Power'. Lawrence Freedman 10 Jan 2011