Over the past 30 years, cultural history has moved from the periphery to the centre of historical studies, profoundly influencing the way we look at and analyze all aspects of the past. In this volume, a distinguished group of international historians has come together to consider the rise of cultural history in general, and to highlight the particular role played in this rise by Peter Burke, the first professor of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and one of the most prolific and influential authors in the field.
’Clearly, the ’new cultural history’ has moved on from its beginnings as a stepchild of the social history of the Sixties and Seventies. This fine volume gives a vivid sense of its present concerns and resources. At the same time it helps explain why Peter Burke is regarded as belonging to the handful of scholars, including Natalie Davis, Carlo Ginzburg, and Roger Chartier, who have done the most to help cultural history move forward, by exploring both old and new questions, and by venturing suggestive if provisional answers.’ English Historical Review 'There is a lot to digest here and the variety of the chapters means that the collection represents good value and is more than just the sum of its parts. The editors are to be congratulated for putting together a festschrift which reflects the interests and preoccupations of an outstanding scholar while also showcasing the influence Burke’s scholarship has had on generations of cultural historians since the 1960s.' Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature