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.


Past & Present President Chris Wickham Gives the BRIHC Annual Lecture

By Josh Allen - March 24, 2017 (0 comments)

[View the story “”The Donkey and the Boat: Rethinking Mediterranean economic expansion in the eleventh century”” on Storify]


South Asia in 1947: Broadening Perspectives Workshop, Call for Papers

By Josh Allen - March 20, 2017 (0 comments)

By Aashique Iqbal and Radha Kapuria (conference organisers) 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of perhaps the most important year of South Asia’s 20th century. The year saw the end of…


"Living Well and Dying Well in the Early Modern World" a call for papers

By Josh Allen - March 13, 2017 (0 comments)

by Sarah-Jayne Ainsworth, Harry McCarthy, Josh Rhodes (conference organisers) Following the success of our inaugural conference last year, the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Exeter is…





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