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  • Who Historicizes the Historians? A Conversation with Dane Kennedy on the Field of British Imperial History

    May 13, 2015
    An interview with Dane Kennedy about the state of the field of British Imperial History.
  • “Everyone is Orthodox to Himself:” George Whitefield, the Church of England, and the Limits of Lockean Toleration by Jessica Parr

    May 13, 2015
    In his 1690 treatise, A Letter Concerning Toleration, John Locke wrote, “The business of true religion is quite another thing. It is instituted in order to the erecting of an external pomp, nor to the obtaining of ecclesiastical dominion, nor the exercising of compulsive force, but to the regulating of men’s lives, according to the rules of virtue and piety.” Locke, who was an ardent supporter of toleration, was attempting to elucidate the differences in what he saw as the role of government versus the role of the church in the life of Britons. “Everyone is orthodox to himself,” he proclaimed.
  • Finding Margaret Morice

    April 10, 2015
    I ‘met’ Margaret Morice in 1998. I had just finished writing A History of European Women’s Work. Needing to get into some real primary research and since I was working at Aberdeen University, I asked myself the fairly simple question, ‘What kind of work were women doing in eighteenth-century Aberdeen?’ It was provoked by a number of factors, curiosity not being the least of them.