Intoxicants and Early Modern European Globalization – the Special issue

A special issue on the spaces, practices, and material culture that characterised the production and consumption of intoxicants in Europe, the Atlantic, and South Asia between the 16th and 18th centuries.


Tobacco and the Social Life of Conquest 1580-1625

This article uses the material culture of smoking to connect an American-sourced intoxicant to changing tastes and expressions of masculinity in early seventeenth-century London.


5 Things to Know about Cryptocurrencies and their Exchanges

1. Crypto is the Data Money, Blockchain is the Accounting System It is wrong to think that Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are mere digital monies.…


Not so bad, actually: Nero in the Journal of Roman Studies

A fair-haired, bull-necked, poetry-loving ruler, with an eye for interior design, pathetically desperate for his subjects’ affection, sexually incontinent, lazy and slapdash in his handling of public affairs, prone to showing off his knowledge of Greek in public, and later to be remembered as the most disastrous political leader his country had ever produced – why have the Roman Society and the British Museum chosen this year of all years to commemorate the emperor Nero?…


The European Super League should make all sports pause for thought

The proposed European Super League for football might have stalled at its inception but it is unlikely to be the last we hear of the idea, in this or any other sport.…


Student Exchange: French and German competition for US students in the 1920s

Following the Great War, both countries tapped into their academic capital to pursue very different visions of the post-war order; that is either to enforce (in the case of France) or undo (in the case of Germany) the provisions of the Versailles peace settlement.


Medieval Ethiopia, ‘Antiquity’, and African Archaeology

The opportunity to showcase some of the exciting archaeological research currently underway on medieval Ethiopia in a journal as widely read as Antiquity is important.


CEH Prize winning article ‘From National Catholicism to Romantic Love. The Politics of Love and Divorce in Franco’s Spain’

The editorial team of Contemporary European History is delighted to announce the 2020 CEH Prize winner, Mónica García-Fernández (University of the Basque Country, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea), for her forthcoming article ‘From National Catholicism to Romantic Love. The Politics of Love and Divorce in Franco's Spain’.