welcome to the online home of the Past & Present Society

welcome to the online home of the Past & Present Society

welcome to the online home of the Past & Present Society

About P&P

Founded in 1952, the Past and Present Society runs a journal, Past and Present, has its own book series, sponsors conferences, and appoints two postdoctoral fellows every year.

Past and Present is widely acknowledged to be the liveliest and most stimulating historical journal in the English-speaking world. The journal’s contents reflect the Society’s

belief that history should be accessible and interesting to a wide range of readers, and its articles are intended to appeal to non-specialists as well as to experts. Since its inception in 1952, the mark of a P&P article was that it should be a properly researched study which showed an awareness of the wider implications of that research. Its remit is worldwide, and across all time periods.


Introducing "Anticlericalism in comparative perspective: China and West Europe"

By Josh Allen - September 19, 2016 (0 comments)

By Junqing Wu (Organiser and Past & Present Junior Research Fellow) “Anticlericalism in comparative perspective: China and West Europe” will take place at the Institute of Historical Research on 8th…


Introducing "Tea with the Sphinx"

By Josh Allen - September 5, 2016 (0 comments)

By Ellie Dobson & Nicola Tonks (Organising Committee) The third annual Birmingham Egyptology Symposium was held at the University of Birmingham in February 2016. The event was entitled ‘Ancient Egypt:…


Advice for authors on journal publishing

By Anna Bayman - April 22, 2016 (0 comments)

On 20th April, our Editor Alex Walsham spoke on a panel with Gail Kern Paster and Jessica Frazier from Shakespeare Quarterly at the Folger Institute, offering advice on publishing in journals….





You can browse the current issue and the archive online (subscription required for full access to articles), as well as advance access articles that are published ahead of the print edition.