Cromohs Virtual Seminars

Recent historiographical trends of the British Studies
(17th-18th centuries)

ed. by Mario Caricchio and Giovanni Tarantino


Cromohs (Cyber Review of Modern Historiography) is the result of a project begun in 1995, and is informed by the conviction that information technology applied to communications is destined to play a fundamental role in the field of humanities.

One of the main goals of Cromohs was to join together traditional resources for research (essays, book reviews, bibliographies), converted into electronic and hypertextual format, and new resources offered by the communication network, such as virtual seminars (on-line discussions concerning specific topics or texts, published on the internet site of the review) and a virtual library (Eliohs is the collection of texts and sources relating to the history of modern historical culture, directly available on the world wide web).

Recent historiographical trends of the British Studies‚ is the first virtual seminar hosted by Cromohs.

By the end of April 2006, each of the organisers of the seminar (four early-career Italian scholars in early-modern British history: Mario Caricchio, Guglielmo Sanna, Giovanni Tarantino, and Stefano Villani) have opened the debate with a short essay on one of the following topics:

1. Radicalism and the English revolution

2. Britain 1660-1714: competing historiographies

3. The Church of England in the eighteenth century

4. Non-British readings of the English revolution

In the second stage of the Seminar (completed by autumn 2006), a series of short contributions (3000-6000 words) by experts in the field have been assembled with the purpose of widening the discussion. We hope to have collected not just a bulk of authoritative papers, but a lively and comprehensive discussion, indeed a seminar.

On the 8th June 2006 the organisers have reported on the achievements of the Seminar in a workshop within the series of seminars organised by the Dipartimento di Studi Storici e Geografici of Florence “Laboratorio di storia moderna” and addressed to advanced students.

The seminar has been open to new contributions by all interested scholars until the end of 2006.

The fifth topic (concluded in March 2007) is comprised of a selection of the papers presented at the conference Rediscovering Radicalism in the British Isles and Ireland, c. 1550-c. 1700: movements of people, texts and ideas‚ organised by Ariel Hessayon and Philip Baker and held at Goldsmiths College, University of London, 21 June-23 June.

Seminar index

1. Radicalism and the English revolution

Mario Caricchio, Radicalism and the English Revolution

Glenn Burgess, A Matter of Context: 'Radicalism' and the English Revolution

Ariel Hessayon, Fabricating radical traditions

Nicholas McDowell, Writing the Literary and Cultural History of Radicalism in the English Revolution

Nigel Smith, Evidence, Imagination and Interdisciplinarity in the History of Early Modern Radicalism

2. Britain 1660-1714: competing historiographies

Giovanni Tarantino, Britain 1660-1714: competing historiographies

Mark Knights, Later Stuart Debates

Yaakov Mascetti, Satanic Individualism, Divine Omnipotence and Chaos in John Milton’s Paradise Lost: Post-Restoration Ontology and Politics of Uncertainty

3. The Church of England in the eighteenth century

Guglielmo Sanna, The Eighteenth Century Church of England in Historical Writing

William Gibson, “Quo Vadis?” Historiographical Trends in British Studies: The Church of England in the Eighteenth Century

Robert G. Ingram, Sykes's Shadow: Thoughts on the Recent Historiography of the Eighteenth-Century Church of England

Robert D. Cornwall, The Theologies of the Nonjurors: A Historiographical Essay

4. Non-British readings of the English revolution

Stefano Villani, The English Civil Wars and the Interregnum in Italian Historiography in the 17th century

Gabi Mahlberg, German Historians and the English Revolution: 17th and 20th Century

Pietro Messina, The Italian libertine historians and the English Revolution

5. Rediscovering radicalism in the British Isles and Ireland in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries.
A selection of papers from the Goldsmiths Conference,University of London, 21-23 June, 2006, ed. by A. Hessayon

David Davis, Destructive Defiance:
Catholic and Protestant Iconoclasm in England, 1550-1585

Jared van Duinen, ‘Pym’s junto’ in the ante-bellum Long Parliament: radical or not?

Chloë Houston, Could “Eutopian politics […] never be drawn into use”? Utopianism and radicalism in the 1640s

Manfred Brod, The Seeker Culture of the Thames Valley

Levente Juhász, Johannes Kelpius Transylvanus: Mystic on the Wissahickon

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