English Historical Review – free access to top 25 articles

EHR is celebrating its 500th issue by making its 25 most read articles available free to download until the end of 2008.

Go here to take a look. Unfortunately, my article on the Solemn League and Covenant didn’t make the cut.


Cesare Cuttica – An Intellectual History of Sir Robert Filmer

Christopher Thompson at Early Modern History has brought it to my attention that you can download Cesare Cuttica’s thesis on Sir Robert Filmer (UEI, 2007) here.

Not had a chance to read it yet, but I met Cesare while at the Folger and his work sounds very interesting. Also, as per previous posts, it’s still pretty hard to find good recent history PhD’s on-line, though that is slowly changing.

The William Hone Bio-Text

I’ve only just come across the above website, which is a great free resource for those interested in the radical writer, satirist and bookseller William Hone. Includes biographical information and a large number of electronic versions of his writings.

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Another digital repository

The White Rose Consortium (Yorks, Leeds, Sheffield) also has a digital archive here.  Some useful stuff here, though mainly PDFs of articles by staff members already published elsewhere. Might be helpful for those of you without a library subscription to these journals though.

HEI Digital Archives – yet more free stuff

I’ve been working on an article which has brought me back to looking at some of my earliest post-grad work, specifically material relating to Robert Sanderson, Regius Prof. of Divinity, Oxford, and later bishop of Lincoln. In the course of doing that, I have been struck by the horrible realisation that I have no easily accessible electronic copy of my thesis (I *think* it is lying around on a floppy disc somewhere) and I certainly don’t have accessible copies of my M. St. thesis on the Parliamentary Visitation of Oxford. Seminar/conference papers pre-2002 are also probably malingering somewhere on a small, square, piece of plastic.

I’ve now resolved to find these odds and sods and rescue them from oblivion by uploading as PDF and/or html files to this blog – that’s if the discs aren’t corrupted.

A parlous state of affairs, which got me a-surfing those googles …browsing Index to Theses (yet another crazy Saturday night), I was struck by the number of institutions which now have up and running free to access digital archives:

Cambridge has one, although not much here that might interest historians, bar a large number of mp4 files by Alan Macfarlane, including one on Japanese toilets. Although the English faculty have developed Scriptorium, there is little evidence yet of historians uploading stuff.

Oxford has one, though theses only just now being added, and again not much for early modern historians beyond this article by Joanne Bailey on ‘Married Women, Property and ‘coveture’ in England: 1600-1800.’ I was, though, tempted to download this thesis on badgers.

UCL and LSE also have repositories, though, again, a bit of searching didn’t uncover that much
of interest to early modernists.

There have been discussions at Liverpool regarding setting up a similar digital repository (closed departmental ones already being in existence) and, doubtless, other HEIs outside the ‘golden triangle’ may already be in the process of setting them up.

On the one hand, this is exciting stuff, with the potential to make theses and academic papers much more accessible. On the other, it does seem to pose a serious threat to the scholarly monograph. With the re-fashioning of the RAE, students may feel increased pressure to ‘publish’ their theses on-line before developing their work in book form. And as anyone who has written a thesis knows, a dissertation, even a good one, is not a book.

More free stuff

This article by Johannes Dillinger on ‘Comparing Communities:Local Representation and Territorial States in Early Modern Europe and New England’, German Historical Institute, DC, Bulletin, 27 (2000), summarises some of the important research undertaken by Dillinger’s group on early modern popular constitutionalism. The Bulletin of the GHI, DC is available free on-line and includes other articles that may be of interest to early modernists and historians in general. A book based on this group’s research is scheduled for publication this year.

Free stuff

In the course of doing various things, I’ve found links to a couple of recent free to access articles, one by Jason Peacey on representations of the court in the Parliamentarian press

Actually, the whole of this journal appears to be free to access – so worth having a root around.

and another by Justin Champion on What Are Historians For?

(the title of which seems to invite the Edwin Starr-style response ‘Huh, absolutely nuthin’, say it again!’)