H-Risk-and-Safety promotes an interdisciplinary, intellectural exchange about the history of risk, accidents, safety and disasters. H-Risk-and-Safety will introduce a much needed historical exploration of how a variety of actors dealt with risk and constructed safety from ancient times to the present. This network will provide a forum for scholars to exchange bibliographic information, research and teaching aids in an effort to promote an international examination of concepts of risk and safety broadly defined.

H-Risk-and-Safety is currently looking for new editors to take over the network and take an active role in developing new online materials and resources for the field. We also looking for contributors, bloggers, discussants, resources gatherers, etc. If you are interested in helping build this site, please contact Patrick Cox, H-Net's Vice-President for Networks, at vp-net@mail.h-net.msu.edu.

Recent Content

The Air Disaster in Post-War Britain, c. 1940-1990

Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in September 2017. Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship on The Air Disaster in Post-War Britain, c. 1940-1990, which will be co-supervised by Dr Tom Crook and Dr Viviane Quirke. This proposed PhD project offers an outstanding student the chance to conduct research into an entirely neglected aspect of the history of risk and the culture of safety in post-war Britain: the aeroplane crash or “air disaster”.

New book: Governing Risks in Modern Britain: Danger, Safety and Accidents, c.1800-2000

Dear All,

Network members will hopefully be interested in a book just published by Palgrave: Governing Risks in Modern Britain: Danger, Safety and Accidents, c.1800-2000.

Further details from: http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137467447

Re: CFP: Accidents and the State in the 20th century

Hi All,

With apologies for the short notice, I've recently received the programme for this workshop, as below. I'm unable to attend, unfortunately, as it looks really promising, but I have asked for a short report in due course. For those who might be interested, please contact Peter Itzen for further information.

Best wishes,


Accidents and the State in the 20th Century

9-10 June 2016

June 9

15.30-16 h
Welcome and Coffee

16-18 h
Risk, citizenship, responsibility and social justice