Year in Review
The Early Modern British History Seminar Series is approaching an important anniversary. The first meeting of the Huntington Library Early Modern British History seminar was held in 1984, with Professor G.R. Elton giving the first paper. Much has changed since then—not least the field of Early Modern British History—but the 2012-2013 season, our 29th, maintained the high level of scholarly engagement first set by Sir Geoffrey. We hosted talks by Krista Kesselring (Dalhousie University), Eleanor Hubbard (Princeton University), Derek Hirst (Washington University), and Chris Brooks (University of Durham), and, with the Renaissance Literature Seminar, Jennifer Andersen (CSU San Bernardino).
The topics covered ranged widely and the discussions focused on how specific issues spoke to foundational questions: Who profits from the law? What do we mean by seemingly familiar terms such as revolution? What exactly was empire and in what context is it best studied?
As always, high attendance required the last-minute provision of extra chairs, and Winchell's donuts graced the coffee table. Historians know the value of tradition!