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 up to four 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.


Programme and Registration for "Women and Worlds of Learning in Europe: From the Medieval to the Modern Day"

By Josh Allen - March 25, 2024 (0 comments)

Received from Anna Clark (St. John’s, University of Oxford) Event Overview ‘Women and Worlds of Learning’ is an interdisciplinary conference focused on the place of women within higher and further…


Reflections Upon ‘Merchant politics, capitalism and the English Revolution: Robert Brenner’s Merchants and Revolution revisited’

By Josh Allen - March 7, 2024 (0 comments)

by Thomas Leng (University of Sheffield) In February 1973, an article appeared in Past and Present by a young American historian, with the deceptively prosaic title ‘The Civil War Politics…


Registration Opens for "Popular Knowledge of the Law in Early Modernity"

By Josh Allen - March 4, 2024 (0 comments)

Received from Dr. Laura Flannigan (St. John’s College, Oxford) Popular Knowledge of the Law in Early Modernity – one-day online workshop (3rd April 2023) Join us for an exciting online…




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.