Call for Contributors: 'The Routledge History of early modern Poverty, 1450-1800'

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Dear H-Atlanticists;

Our apologies for any cross-posting.

We would like to invite selected contributions to the Routledge History of early modern Poverty, currently under contract and slated for production in 2021-2. We welcome proposed chapter contributions from scholars across all career stages and positions; particularly from PhD candidates and early career researchers. We are particularly interested in historians who could comment on the history of poverty in relation to the following themes:

  • Institutions
  • Law, Rights, and State formation
  • The Environment
  • Economic history
  • Global history
  • And the History of Disability

We are also particularly interested in exploring new directions in global history and in a focus on 'connections' across cultures and geographies. A section of the volume is dedicated to this priority and we welcome proposals that creatively address poverty’s global nature.

The Routledge History of Poverty will undertake the following project:

This volume will integrate the work of social and economic historians, historians of political, legal and religious discourses of poverty, and cultural historians. The main objectives of the proposed volume are two-fold: first, to deliver a rigorous and up-to-date collaborative intervention into field of early modern history which asserts the centrality of poverty not only in individual narratives and lives, but also across borders, social and cultural boundaries in various forms, and in the formation of ideas; an intervention which can enrich the studies of students and researchers across history and in other disciplines. Second, by intertwining key themes in the disparate histories of poverty, the volume will serve as a unifying and comparative influence in a subfield in which broadly national narratives continue to predominate, enabling students and scholars to work comparatively across European contexts.

The History intends to sit firmly between the highly specialised edited collection or proceedings and the generalist introductory textbook. We envision our contributions collectively intervening in the historical scholarship on poverty to define the state of the field as it stands (in our view) and to chart new directions for future work. We want the work to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, including advanced undergraduate students, without sacrificing the quality of our research contributions.

We invite you to contact us for any further details, or to discuss contributing to the volume,

Yours sincerely: David Hitchcock and Julia McClure, (eds) The Routledge History of early modern Poverty, c.1450-1800.

David.Hitchcock@Canterbury.ac.uk; & Julia.McClure@Glasgow.ac.uk