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.


The Making of "Four Fishermen, Orson Welles, and the Making of the Brazilian Northeast"

By Josh Allen - April 19, 2017 (0 comments)

By Dr. Courtney Campbell, University of Birmingham I write this blog post five years to the day from arriving in Fortaleza, Brazil to carry out research. The research from that…


The Thompson-Davis Letters

By Josh Allen - April 12, 2017 (0 comments)

By the Past & Present editorial team We are delighted to tell (and show you a snippet) of a historiographical feature we are running in the forthcoming issue (No. 235)….


Global Byzantium

By Josh Allen - April 10, 2017 (0 comments)

[View the story “Global Byzantium” on Storify]





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