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.


Past & Present Article Wins a 2021 American Society for Legal History Prize

By Josh Allen - November 18, 2021 (0 comments)

by the Past & Present editorial team Past & Present was delighted to hear that Dr. Sonia Tycko (St. Peter’s College, Oxford) has been awarded the 2021 Sutherland Prize by…


Smoke Signals: Tobacco, Visions, and Disaster in Late Seventeenth-Century Stockholm

By Josh Allen - November 16, 2021 (0 comments)

by Prof. Karin Sennefelt (Stockholm University) One evening in 1695, the retired non-commissioned officer Lars Ekroth sat down in his home in Stockholm to smoke a pipe. While he was…


Reflecting on the "Being a Minority in Times of Catastrophe" Conference

By Josh Allen - November 4, 2021 (0 comments)

by Dr. Samuel Foster (University of East Anglia/University College, London – School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies) Being a Minority in Times of Catastrophe served as the BASEES Study…





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