Malthusian Moments – a special issue from The Historical Journal

This special issue offers a series of essays focused on variously pivotal Malthusian ‘moments’, showing the extent to which Malthus remains a living presence in debates about demography and the industrial revolution, as well as the history and reception of political theory, particularly radical forms of egalitarianism.


Pursuing the prayerstone hypothesis

Incised stones have long attracted my attention because of the large assemblage (more than 400) that we excavated at Gatecliff Shelter. My interest was recently re-awakened after learning of Southern Paiute oral histories about the use of incised stones as prayerstones, and I reached out to indigenous colleagues in the Great Basin...


Making Sense of Drug Scarcity in the Cuban Revolution

What do we mean when we talk about “scarcity”? Is it an absolute or relative condition?   Observers of the 1959 Cuban Revolution have long relied on the category of scarcity to advance a variety of arguments.…


Why Are We Running Out of Time? A Business History Perspective on the Environmental Crisis

This special issue in Business History Review on Business and the Environment seeks to promote new approaches in business history designed to explore of the role of business in both creating and addressing the mounting environmental crisis that has become apparent over the last half century.


Ricoeur on Truth in Religious Discourse: A Reclamation

Check out Patrick J. Casey’s article ‘Ricoeur on Truth in Religious Discourse: A Reclamation’ in Horizons’  latest publication, Volume 46, Issue 1 In this paper I take preliminary steps in exploring the philosophical underpinnings of interreligious learning.…


Malthus, 19th Century Socialism and Marx

In his Historical Journal article Gareth Stedman Jones argues that the need to answer Malthus led to the most profound recasting of 19th century radical thought, conjoining science and Enlightenment with a radical, and eventually revolutionary social movement.


Blessing of the Oil of Catechumens

Blessing of the Oil of Catechumens. The text of this prayer is, in the words of Anthony Ward, “substantially a new and largely free composition.”[1] Previous renditions of the blessing of the oil of catechumens included rites of exorcism and adulation, but these “ha[ve] been done away with by the new rite.”[2] As with the oil of the sick, this blessing speaks to the import of the oil before it has been blessed.…


The 1860 Japanese Embassy and the Antebellum African American Press

What did samurai and African Americans in 1860 have in common? Quite a lot, according to the Weekly Anglo-African, Douglass’ Monthly, and other African American and abolitionist publications.


A new approach to digital heritage and archaeology

We’ve entered a golden age in which digital methods and computational approaches have opened exciting new avenues for research, management, documentation, preservation, access, and public engagement in archaeology and heritage.…


Theological Interpretation of Scripture and Biblical Criticism: Brevard Childs and Julius Wellhausen

Get free access to Collin Cornell's article “A Sharp Break: Childs, Wellhausen, and Theo-referentiality”, in Harvard Theological Review until 20th June 2019 Brevard Childs and Julius Wellhausen are two of my intellectual heroes. But they do not get along—so to speak.


The Case of the Catalans Consider’d

The title “The Case of the Catalans Consider’d” was the name used by European chancellors early in the 18th century to refer to the debates and arrangements regarding the political destiny of the Principality of Catalonia in the context of the Peace of Utrecht (1712-1714), the agreement that ended the War of the Spanish Succession.…


Making it New: Acts of Eating Otherwise

The injunction to “make it new!” has come to function as the defining slogan of modernist literature. For the modernist author, Peter Gay writes, making it new was “a professional, almost a sacred obligation.” Ezra Pound’s command, however, is often invoked without being cited, its origins and history remaining by-and-large obscure.…