Welcome to H-Rural, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. The primary purpose of H-Rural is to facilitate discussions about scholarship and teaching in rural and agricultural history. We welcome contributions such as conference announcements, calls for papers, course syllabi, conference reports, news of new datasets, and other items related to our focus, rural and agricultural history over time and place.

Recent Content

Seminar by Richard Bushman, March 11, U.Conn--"The Nature of the South"

On Wednesday, March 11, at 5:30 PM, current AAS Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University, Richard L. Bushman, will present a paper in the AAS Regional Academic Seminar Series titled “The Nature of the South.” This paper comes from Prof. Bushman’s current research project, “Farmers in the Production of the Nation.” This seminar is part of an annual series of events organized by AAS in conjunction with the history departments at Brown University, Clark University, and the University of Connecticut.

CFP: Empire revisited: agricultural surveys and the making of colonial landscapes

This is a Call For Papers  for a panel at the Old and New Worlds: the Global Challenges of Rural History International Conference, Lisbon, 27-30 January 2016.


Panel: Empire revisited: agricultural surveys and the making of colonial landscapes


"Agriculture and Rural Life in Kentucky" Call for Proposals

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society invites manuscript proposals for a special issue on the history of Kentucky agriculture and rural life, which will be published in 2018. Kentucky was, and is, a state with deep connections to agriculture and rural life. Agricultural and rural history is a vibrant and compelling field, and the editors welcome scholarship on such diverse topics as slavery, family and kinship, politics and public policy, gender, technology, religion, and race, as they pertain to agriculture or rural life.