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Microhistories


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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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Neighbours of Passage A Microhistory of Migrants in a Paris Tenement, 1882–1932

Neighbours of Passage: A Microhistory of Migrants in a Paris Tenement, 1882–1932

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Fabrice Langrognet
March 04, 2022

The book is a sociocultural microhistory of migrants. From the 1880s to the 1930s, it traces the lives of the occupants of a housing complex located just north of the French capital, in the heart of the Plaine-Saint-Denis. Starting in the 1870s, that industrial suburb became a magnet for ...

The Rise of National Socialism in the Bavarian Highlands A Microhistory of Murnau, 1919-1933

The Rise of National Socialism in the Bavarian Highlands: A Microhistory of Murnau, 1919-1933

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Edith Raim
December 29, 2021

The Rise of National Socialism in the Bavarian Highlands offers a microhistory of the town of Murnau between 1919 and 1933, a period which witnessed the rise of national socialism in Germany. National socialism had its roots in Bavaria, where the Weimar Republic found it difficult to secure ...

A Humanist on the Frontier The Life Story of a Sixteenth-Century Central European Pastor

A Humanist on the Frontier: The Life Story of a Sixteenth-Century Central European Pastor

1st Edition

By Marcell Sebők
August 20, 2021

A Humanist on the Frontier explores the remarkable life of Sebastian Ambrosius, a sixteenth-century Lutheran minister and intellectual from Késmárk (now Kežmarok) in present-day Slovakia, formerly on the borderland of the Kingdom of Hungary. Through an examination of Ambrosius’ publications and ...

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

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

1st Edition

By Omri Paz
April 30, 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

By 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 ...

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

By Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon
May 28, 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...

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

By Maíra Ines Vendrame
May 28, 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 ...

Production of Locality in the Early Modern and Modern Age Places

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

1st Edition

By 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

By Tyge Krogh
August 27, 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

By Gary G Gibbs
June 24, 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

By Margaret Murányi Manchester
June 04, 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

By 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 ...

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