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Microhistories


About the Series

Microhistories is open to books employing different microhistorical approaches: global microhistories aimed at grasping world-wide connections in local research, social history trying to find determining historical structures through a micro-analysis and cultural history in the form of microhistories that relate directly to large or small scale historical contexts are equally welcome. We will also publish interesting stories, bringing the everyday life and culture of common people of the past close to the readers, without the aspiration of finding answers to general "big questions" or relating them to the grand narratives of history. The series is open to publishing both theoretical and empirical works. It is, indeed, often hard to separate the two, especially in microhistory. However, our main focus will be on empirical monographs which are likely to communicate stories from the past which will capture the imagination of our readers. The geographical scope of the series is global and so non- European works or those which cross territorial boundaries are welcome. Any scholar who wishes to contribute to the series will be asked to make sure that they address important issues that can be researched with the methods of microhistory.

For more information about the series and the proposal process, please contact the series editors, Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon ([email protected]) and István M. Szijártó ([email protected]).

Editorial Board: Andrew Bergerson, Simona Cerutti, Chuanfei Chin, Dagmar Freist, Carlo Ginzburg, Binne de Haan, Karl Jacoby, Giovanni Levi, Edward Muir, Matti Peltonen, Hans Renders, Jacques Revel, and Dana Sajdi.

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Who Killed Panayot? Reforming Ottoman Legal Culture in the 19th Century

Who Killed Panayot?: Reforming Ottoman Legal Culture in the 19th Century

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Omri Paz
February 16, 2021

Who Killed Panayot? retells the true story of an opium robbery and subsequent police investigation that took place in the port-city of Izmir in 1850-52. What started as a simple case soon turned into a diplomatic crisis between two bygone empires, as the investigation provoked strong tensions ...

The Exorcist of Sombor The Mentality of an Eighteenth-Century Franciscan Friar

The Exorcist of Sombor: The Mentality of an Eighteenth-Century Franciscan Friar

1st Edition

Dániel Bárth
July 08, 2020

The Exorcist of Sombor examines the life course, practice and mentality of an eighteenth-century Franciscan friar, based on his own letters and documentation, creating a frame around the tightly packed history of events that took place between 1766-1769, and analysing the series of exorcism ...

Power in the Village Social Networks, Honor and Justice among Immigrant Families from Italy to Brazil

Power in the Village: Social Networks, Honor and Justice among Immigrant Families from Italy to Brazil

1st Edition

Maíra Ines Vendrame
May 27, 2020

Power in the Village explores the formation of late-nineteenth-century Italian rural society in southern Brazil, through an examination of how Italian peasants in northern Italy and southern Brazil solved issues related to family honor. Looking specifically at social networks and justice practices ...

Emotional Experience and Microhistory A Life Story of a Destitute Pauper Poet in the 19th Century

Emotional Experience and Microhistory: A Life Story of a Destitute Pauper Poet in the 19th Century

1st Edition

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon
May 20, 2020

Emotional Experience and Microhistory explores the life and death of Magnús Hj. Magnússon through his diary, poetry and other writing, showing how best to use the methods of microhistory to address complicated historical situations. The book deals with the many faces of microhistory and applies it...

Production of Locality in the Early Modern and Modern Age Places

Production of Locality in the Early Modern and Modern Age: Places

1st Edition

Angelo Torre
November 27, 2019

This book is a microhistory study of village settlements in early modern Northwest Italy that aims to expand the notion of place to include the process of producing a locality; that is, the production of native local subjects through practices, rituals and other forms of collective action. ...

The Great Nightmen Conspiracy A Tale of the 18th Century’s Dishonourable Underworld

The Great Nightmen Conspiracy: A Tale of the 18th Century’s Dishonourable Underworld

1st Edition

Tyge Krogh
August 23, 2019

The Great Nightmen Conspiracy explores the little-known magico-religious history of eighteenth-century Denmark. Essential tasks carried out by the nightmen, such as dealing with carcasses and assisting with executions, generated contempt from the rest of society but also led to the nightmen ...

Five Parishes in Late Medieval and Tudor London Communities and Reforms

Five Parishes in Late Medieval and Tudor London: Communities and Reforms

1st Edition

Gary G Gibbs
June 25, 2019

Five Parishes in Late Medieval and Tudor London presents linked microhistorical studies of five London parishes, using their own parish records to reconstruct their individual operations, religious practices, and societies. The parish was a foundational institution in Tudor London. Every ...

Puritan Family and Community in the English Atlantic World Being “Much Afflicted with Conscience”

Puritan Family and Community in the English Atlantic World: Being “Much Afflicted with Conscience”

1st Edition

Margaret Murányi Manchester
June 05, 2019

Puritan Family and Community in the English Atlantic World examines the dynamics of marriage, family and community life during the "Great Migration" through the microhistorical study of one puritan family in 1638 Rhode Island. Through studying the Verin family, a group of English non-conformists ...

Roman Tales A Reader’s Guide to the Art of Microhistory

Roman Tales: A Reader’s Guide to the Art of Microhistory

1st Edition

Thomas V. Cohen
May 24, 2019

Roman Tales: A Reader’s Guide to the Art of Microhistory explores both the social and cultural life of Renaissance Rome and the mind-set and methods of microhistory. This book draws the reader deep into eight stories: a Christian-Jewish picnic plus an ill-aimed stone fight, an embassy-driven ...

A Tale of a Fool? A Microhistory of an 18th-Century Peasant Woman

A Tale of a Fool?: A Microhistory of an 18th-Century Peasant Woman

1st Edition

Guðný Hallgrímsdóttir
April 03, 2019

A Tale of a Fool? explores the life of Guðrún Ketilsdóttir, a peasant woman born in Iceland around 1759. Guðrún worked as a farmhand for most of her adult life, and when she died she left behind a partial autobiography, which is believed to be the oldest autobiography of an Icelandic peasant woman....

The Revolt of Snowballs Murano Confronts Venice, 1511

The Revolt of Snowballs: Murano Confronts Venice, 1511

1st Edition

Claire Judde de Larivière
July 02, 2018

The Revolt of Snowballs unpicks a rare and turbulent event which occurred in 1511 and investigates the meaning behind it. On January 27, 1511, the island of Murano was the scene of an exceptional event during which the representative of Venice, exercising power in the island on behalf of the ...

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