Friday, 30 July 2010

Summer 2010, Artisans of the body in early modern Italy is NEW IN PAPERBACK!

'A phenomenally detailed picture of the lives of barbers and
surgeons, based not on the prescriptive regulations of guilds or colleges, but on the careers, work and family relationships of the individuals involved . . . . Cavallo's work provides a splendid model for further research.'

Katharine Park, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University

To read the full review please follow

More reviews for this title can be found here....

Histoire sociale/Social history review (Volume 42, Number 84, November, on p. 490) by E. Cohen

For Jacobson Schutte's review in
Renaissance Quarterly (63:1, Spring 2010, pp. 239-40)

Fellow MUP author, Evelyn Welch, reviews
Artisans of the body in History Workshop journal

Rebecca Messbarger writes for The American Historical Review

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Lifting the lid on British shipbuilding

Newly released The tide of democracy is a detailed account of British shipbuilding between 1870 and 1950. The title includes highly original detailed studies of the impact of new machinery on skills, the significance of rank-and-file movements within trade unions, and the role of craft unions in the early Labour Party.

Anyone interested in shipyard workers, or simply enthusiasts in Modern British Social and Economic History should visit a new exhibtion at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent. A series of paintings by artist Stanley Spencer, commissioned to record the World War II effort, have gone on display for the first time since a full-scale restoration.

Check out details of the exhibition.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010


Collaboration and interdisciplinarity in the Republic of Letters
Essays in honour of Richard G. Maber
Edited by Paul Scott

This collection of fifteen essays by distinguished scholars covers aspects of interdisciplinarity and collaboration within the Republic of Letters. The essays include historical, theological, and literary topics and all focus on different means of communication of individuals between other intellectuals, with the past, and through the arts.

The book will be launched on 19th July at the Thirteenth International Conference for 17c Studies, to be held at Durham castle between 19th and 22nd July.

Those interested in attending the launch should contact or

Trace the history of the politics of alcohol

James Nicholls, author of The Politics of Alcohol will be appearing on a new BBC series to be broadcast on Radio Four next week.

Britain on the Bottle: Alcohol and the State sees Mark Whitaker investigating the history of the politics of alcohol.

More information about the series can be found at