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Department of History

Department of History



Welcome to the Department of History, ranked 2nd in the Complete University Guide (2019). We are a successful, expanding department, engaged in teaching and research across an exceptional range of chronological, geographical and thematic areas.

Sarah Davies, Head of Department



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Thursday 24 May 2018

Friday 8 June 2018

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New Publication by Professor Michael Prestwich

Publication by Professor Michael Prestwich

A Short History of the Hundred Years War by Professor Michael Prestwich ( has recently been published.

(8 May 2018)

Professor Paul Bailey contributes to a pioneering new volume on the Chinese women's press in the twentieth century (published by Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Drawing on the latest research by an international team of scholars, Women and the Periodical Press in China's Long Twentieth Century: A Space of Their Own? (eds. M.Hockx, J.Judge, B.Mittler), examines the relationship between the Chinese women's periodical press and global modernity in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In particular, chapters in the volume probe the ramifications for women of two major developments in this period: the intensification of China's encounters with foreign powers and a media transformation comparable in its impact to the current internet age. Professor Bailey's chapter, entitled '"Othering" the Foreign Other in Early Twentieth-Century Women's Magazines', investigates the extent to which representations of both western and non-western (especially Asian) women in a variety of women's magazines might have echoed an early twentieth century Chinese revolutionary identification with China's Asian neighbours and its questioning of 'Euro-American centrality' and notions of Western 'civilisation' and 'progress'.

(8 May 2018)


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