Artes Liberales aims to promote the study of the Middle Ages – broadly defined in geography and chronology – from a perspective that transcends modern disciplinary divisions. It seeks to publish scholarship of the highest quality that is interdisciplinary in topic or approach, integrating elements such as history, art history, musicology, literature, religion, political thought, philosophy and science. The series particularly seeks to support research based on the study of original manuscripts and archival sources, and to provide a recognised venue for increased exposure for scholars at all career stages around the world.

Series Editors: Carrie E. Beneš, T. J. H. McCarthy, Stephen Mossman and Jochen Schenk.

To submit a proposal, please complete the proposal form and return to Meredith Carroll, Senior Commissioning Editor.

For more information about peer review and the commissioning process, see here.


This fascinating series interrogates the divisions between war and society, war and peace, allies and enemies, heroes and villains. The volumes span all corners of the globe, and address all types of warfare, while maintaining a focus on the cultural meanings of the myriad practices of modern war.

Series editors: Prof. Peter Gatrell, Dr. Max Jones, Dr. Ana Carden-Coyne, Prof. Penny Summerfield and Prof. Bertrand Taithe


This series responds to the growing interest in disability as a discipline worthy of historical research. It has a broad international historical remit, encompassing issues that include class, race, gender, age, war, medical treatment, professionalisation, environments, work, institutions and cultural and social aspects of disablement including representations of disabled people in literature, film, art and the media.

Series editors: Dr. Julie Anderson and Professor Walton Schalick.


Over the past few decades cultural history has become the discipline of encounters. The issues raised by new ‘turnings’ – linguistic, pictorial and spatial – through theorists such as Bourdieu, Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze and Spivak have contributed to the emergence of cultural history as a forum for bold and creative exchange. This series places encounters – human, intellectual and disciplinary – at the heart of historical thinking. Encounters provides an arena for exploring new and reassembled historical subjects, for stimulating perceptions and reperceptions of the past, and for methodological challenges and innovations. It invites short, innovative and theoretically informed books from all fields of history.

Series editors: Roger Cooter, Harriet Ritvo, Carolyn Steedman, Bertrand Taithe


The series aims to investigate the social and cultural constructions of gender in historical sources, as well as the gendering of historical discourse itself. It embraces both detailed case studies of specific regions or periods, and broader treatments of major themes. With a dedicated series editor for each chronological period, we welcome relevant proposals from scholars working in all periods from the medieval through to the twentieth century.

Series editor: Lynn Abrams, Cordelia Beattie, Julie Hardwick and Penny Summerfield


This series examines the nature of the historical discipline, its theory and practice, and its evolving relationships to other cultural and intellectual fields. The series offers books that have the clarity of argument and liveliness of style to appeal to a general and student readership, while also prompting thought and debate among practising historians and thinkers about the discipline. All books in the series aspire to raise awareness of the issues that are posed by historical studies in today’s world, and of the significance of debates about history for a broader understanding of contemporary culture.


Aimed at new researchers in history, this series offers practical introductions to specific genres of source, and to sources pertaining to specific sub-disciplines of history. Every volume provides a survey of the historiography, examines relevant methodological issues, looks at available primary sources in different media and formats, and discusses the problems of their access and interpretation. The books include practical case studies and examples to guide your research, and handy tips on how to avoid some of the pitfalls which may lie in wait for the inexperienced researcher. The guides are suitable for advanced final-year undergraduates, master’s and first-year PhD students, as well as for independent researchers who wish to take their work to a more advanced stage.

Series editors: Jane Winters, Simon Trafford and Jonathan Blaney


The study of history is concerned most fundamentally not with dead facts and permanent verdicts but with highly charged dialogues, disagreements, controversies and shifting centres of interest, with the changing methodologies and discourse of the subject over time, and with audience reception. This series is designed to explore such matters by means of case studies of key moments in world history and the interpretations, reinterpretations, debates and disagreements they have engendered.

Series editor: R. C. Richardson, University of Winchester


This series provides translations of key sources that are directly usable in students’ own work, with accessible and contextual introductions and helpful annotations throughout. The books meet a growing need amongst students and teachers by providing texts central to medieval studies courses and focus upon the diverse cultural and social as well as political conditions that affected the functioning of all levels of medieval society. Proposals for new volumes are welcome and should be accompanied by sample introductory material and examples of annotated translation.

Series editors: Rosemary Horrox and Simon MacLean

For information on Manchester Medieval Sources Online, the corresponding eBook resource, see here.


The study of medieval Europe is being transformed as old orthodoxies are challenged, new methods embraced and fresh fields of enquiry opened up. The adoption of interdisciplinary perspectives and the challenge of economic, social and cultural theory are forcing medievalists to ask new questions and to see familiar topics in a fresh light.

For twenty years, the series has combined scholarship traditionally associated with medieval studies, including political, economic, legal, social and religious history, with an awareness of more recent issues and approaches. Books are in a form accessible to the non-specialist reader, leading and encouraging debate and new lines of enquiry.

Series editor: Professor S. H. Rigby


A series of excellent edited volumes on a range of subjects in history, arising from the UCL Neale Lecture Colloquiums.

Series editors: Catherine Hall and Julian Hoppit


This series provides an outlet for the publication of rigorous academic texts in the two closely-related disciplines of Nursing History and Nursing Humanities, drawing upon both the intellectual rigour of the humanities and the practice-based, real-world emphasis of clinical and professional nursing.


This important series publishes monographs that take a fresh and challenging look at the interactions between politics, culture and society in Britain between 1500 and the mid-eighteenth century. It counteracts the fragmentation of current historiography through encouraging a variety of approaches which attempt to redefine the political, social and cultural worlds, and to explore their interconnection in a flexible and creative fashion. All the volumes in the series question and transcend traditional interdisciplinary boundaries, such as those between political history and literary studies, social history and divinity, urban history and anthropology. They thus contribute to a broader understanding of crucial developments in early modern Britain.

General editors:

Professor Alastair Bellany, bellany@history.rutgers.edu
Dr. Alexandra Gajda, alexandra.gajda@jesus.ox.ac.uk
Professor Peter Lake, peter.lake@vanderbilt.edu
Professor Anthony Milton, a.milton@sheffield.ac.uk
Professor Jason Peacey, j.peacey@ucl.ac.uk


Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies promotes interdisciplinary work on the period c.1603–1815, covering all aspects of the literature, culture and history of the British Isles, colonial and post-colonial America and other British colonies. The series welcomes academic monographs, as well as collective volumes of essays, that combine theoretical and methodological approaches from more than one discipline to further our understanding of the period and geographical areas. It is supported by the Société d’Études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles.

General editors: Ladan Niayesh and Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, Université de Paris

Founding editor: Anne Dunan-Page, Aix-Marseille Université 

Advisory board: Bernadette Andrea, University of California, Santa Barbara, Daniel Carey, National University of Ireland Galway, Rachel Herrman, Cardiff University, Hannah Spahn, University of Potsdam, Claire Preston, Queen Mary University of London and Peter Thompson, University of Oxford


Social Archaeology and Material Worlds aims to forefront dynamic and cutting-edge social approaches to archaeology. It brings together volumes about past people, social and material relations and landscape as explored through an archaeological lens. Topics covered may include memory, performance, identity, gender, life course, communities, materiality, landscape and archaeological politics and ethnography. The temporal scope runs from prehistory to the recent past, while its geographical scope is global. Books in this series bring innovative, interpretive approaches to important social questions within archaeology. Interdisciplinary methods which use up to date science, history or both, in combination with good theoretical insight, are encouraged. The series aims to publish research monographs and well-focused edited volumes that explore dynamic and complex questions, the why, how and who of archaeological research.

Series editors: Chantal Conneller, Newcastle University; Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University; Joshua Pollard, University of Southampton; Duncan Sayer, University of Central Lancashire

To submit a proposal, please complete the MUP proposal guidelines and return to Alun Richards at alun.richards@manchester.ac.uk


Social Histories of Medicine is concerned with all aspects of health, illness and medicine, from prehistory to the present, in every part of the world. The series covers the circumstances that promote health or illness, the ways in which people experience and explain such conditions, and what, practically, they do about them. Practitioners of all approaches to health and healing come within its scope, as do their ideas, beliefs, and practices, and the social, economic and cultural contexts in which they operate. Methodologically, the series welcomes relevant studies in social, economic, cultural, and intellectual history, as well as approaches derived from other disciplines in the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities. The series is a collaboration between Manchester University Press and the Society for the Social History of Medicine.


Series editors:

Dr. David Cantor
Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social (IDES), Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, República Argentina

Professor Keir Waddington
Department of History, Cardiff University

Dr. Elaine Leong
Department of History, University College London


This series aims to promote challenging and innovative research in all areas of early modern European history. For over twenty years it has published monographs and edited volumes that make an original contribution to our understanding of the period and is particularly interested in works that engage with current historiographical debates and methodologies, including race, emotions, materiality, gender, communication, medicine and disability, as well as interdisciplinary studies. Europe is taken in a broad sense and the series welcomes projects on continental (Western, Central and Eastern Europe), Anglo-European and trans-cultural, global histories that explore the world’s relationship with Europe during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Series editors: Sara Barker, Joseph Bergin, Laura Kounine and William G. Naphy


The study of early modern Irish history has experienced something of a renaissance in the last decade. However, studies tend to group around traditional topics in political or military history and significant gaps remain. The idea behind this series is to identify key themes and set the agenda for future research. Each volume in this series comes from leading scholars from Ireland, Britain, North America and elsewhere, addressing a particular subject. We aim to bring the best of Irish historical research to a wider audience, by engaging with international themes of empire, colonisation, religious change and social transformation.

Series editors: David Edwards and Micheál Ó Siochrú


When the Studies in Imperialism series was founded by Professor John M. MacKenzie more than thirty years ago, emphasis was laid upon the conviction that ‘imperialism as a cultural phenomenon had as significant an effect on the dominant as on the subordinate societies’. With well over a hundred titles now published, this remains the prime concern of the series. Cross-disciplinary work has indeed appeared covering the full spectrum of cultural phenomena, as well as examining aspects of gender and sex, frontiers and law, science and the environment, language and literature, migration and patriotic societies, and much else. Moreover, the series has always wished to present comparative work on European and American imperialism, and particularly welcomes the submission of books in these areas. The fascination with imperialism, in all its aspects, shows no sign of abating, and this series will continue to lead the way in encouraging the widest possible range of studies in the field. Studies in Imperialism is fully organic in its development, always seeking to be at the cutting edge, responding to the latest interests of scholars and the needs of this ever-expanding area of scholarship.

Series editors: Andrew Thompson, Professor of Global and Imperial History at Nuffield College, Oxford and Alan Lester, University of Sussex and LaTrobe University

Founding Editor: Emeritus Professor John MacKenzie


This series is published in collaboration with the Society for the Study of French History (UK) and the French Colonial Historical Society. It aims to showcase innovative monographs and edited collections on the history of France, its colonies and imperial undertakings, and the francophone world more generally since c. 1750. Authors demonstrate how sources and interpretations are being opened to historical investigation in new and interesting ways, and how unfamiliar subjects have the capacity to tell us more about France and the French colonial empire, their relationships in the world, and their legacies in the present. The series is particularly receptive to studies that break down traditional boundaries and conventional disciplinary divisions.

Series editors: Professor Julie Kalman, Monash University (julie.kalman@monash.edu), Professor Jennifer Sessions, University of Virginia (jes4fx@virginia.edu) and Dr Jessica Wardhaugh, University of Warwick (j.wardhaugh@warwick.ac.uk)


Bringing together Cultural History and Cultural Studies, the books in this series explain in a readable and accessible way where we are now socially and culturally and how we got to where we are, promote an interdisciplinary approach to cultural issues and encourage deeper thought about the attitudes and institutions of popular culture.

Series editor: Jeffrey Richards


This series offers specially commissioned, cross-disciplinary essays on texts of seminal importance to Western culture. Each text has had an impact on the way we think, write and live beyond the confines of its original discipline and it is only through an understanding of its multiple meanings that we can fully appreciate its importance.

Series editors: Jeff Wallace and John Whale

Founding editors: Stephen Copley and Jeff Wallace