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Dr Ruth Atherton

Recently published works include an analysis of catechetical woodcuts in Rembrandt Duits (eds.), The Art of the Poor in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance (I.B. Tauris: 2020), and ‘Protestant Funeral Sermons in the Holy Roman Empire c. 1525-1700’, in E.C. Tingle and P. Booth (eds.), Brill Companion to Death, Burial and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe 1300-1700 (2020).

Dr Andy Croll

Andy Croll, Barry Island: The Making of a Seaside Playground, c. 1790-1955 (University of Wales Press, 2020). At the end of the nineteenth century Barry Island became the chosen holiday destination for workers from South Wales’ booming industrial valleys. Andy Croll’s innovative book analyses how Barry became the sort of resort it did, when it did.

Andy Croll, ' "Reconciled gradually to the system of indoor relief": the poor law in Wales during the "crusade against out-relief", c. 1870 – c. 1890', Family and Community History, 20, no. 2 (2017), pp. 121-144.

Dr Jonathan Durrant

Jonathan Durrant, "Fantasies of Witches and Soldiers' Wives in Baroque Germany" in Eevan O'Brien (ed.) Representing Women's Authority in the Early Modern World. (Aracne Editrice, 2013)

Jonathan Durrant, "Why some men and not others? The Male Witches of Eichstatt" in Rowlands, A. (ed.) Witchcraft and Masculinities in Early Modern Europe. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Professor Chris Evans

Chris Evans and Louise Miskell, Swansea Copper: A Global History (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). Swansea was to copper what Manchester was to cotton or Detroit to the automobile. Between the 1770s and the 1840s the Swansea district in southwest Wales routinely produced a third of the world’s smelted copper. How did this come about? How did a patch of southwest Wales that can be walked across inside a day assume global importance?  This book by USW’s Chris Evans and Professor Louise Miskell (Swansea University) provides some answers. It makes Swansea Copper a key component of global modernity.  

Chris Evans [with Göran Rydén] '"Voyage Iron": An Atlantic slave trade currency, its European origins, and West African impact', Past and Present, 239 (2018), 41-70. This article, research for which was funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond in Sweden, was awarded Best Article Prize 2019 of the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction. 

Chris Evans, 'The plantation hoe: the rise and fall of an Atlantic commodity', The William and Mary Quarterly, 69:1 (2012), 71-100. This article was awarded the 2016 Douglass Adair Memorial Award of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

Chris Evans, Slave Wales: The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery 1660-1850  (University of Wales Press, 2010)

Chris Evans, ‘An Enlightenment in steel? Innovation in the steel trades of eighteenth-century Britain’, Technology & Culture, 53: 3 (2012), 533-600. This article won the 2014 Abbot Payson Usher Prize by the Society for the History of Technology.

Dr Jane Finucane

Jane Finucane, "Rebuking the Princes: Erasmus Alber in Magdeburg, 1548-52" in Polly Bromillow (ed.) Authority in European Book Culture, 1400-1600. (Ashgate, 2013)

Jane Finucane, "Before the storm: Civilians under siege, 1618-1630" in Dowdall, A. & Horne, J. (eds.) Sieges and Civilians: From Sarajevo to Troy. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Dr Chris Hill

Christopher R. Hill, Peace and Power in Cold War Britain: Media, Movements and Democracy, c.1945-68 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). Peace and Power in Cold War Britain explores the ban the bomb and anti-Vietnam War movements from the perspective of media history, focusing in particular on the relationship between radicalism and the rise of television.  In doing so, it addresses two questions, both of which seem to recur with each major breakthrough in communications technology: what do advances in communications media mean for democratic participation in politics and how do distinctive types of media condition the very nature of that participation itself?

Christopher Hill, '"Britain, West Africa and ‘The new nuclear imperialism": decolonisation and development during French tests,' Contemporary British History, 33:2 (2019) 274-289.

Dr Rachel Lock-Lewis

Rachel Lock-Lewis, ‘Sex, Marriage and the Family’ in Chris Williams & Andy Croll (eds.) Gwent County History Volume V: The Twentieth Century.  (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013)

Rachel Lock-Lewis, ‘Invention and Paradox, Myth and Reality: Images of Women in Wales’, Vis-a-Vis: Contemporary Welsh artists respond to images of women from the University of South Wales Museum Collection (University of South Wales, 2018)

Rachel Lock-Lewis, 'Social reproduction and social change: two generations of mothers talking about parenting in postwar Wales', Family & Community History, Volume 22, 2019 - Issue 3. This article explores the changing experience of parenting in postwar Wales and considers how ideas, attitudes and aspirations come to change between generations. Drawing on oral testimonies collected from women who became mothers in the former county of Gwent in south-east Wales between 1945 and 1975, the agency of these historical actors in social change is drawn out to show that these generations played a key role in formulating modern parenthood. 

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Dr Andy Croll's new book - Barry Island

Swansea Copper: A Global History by Prof Chris Evans

Dr Chris Hill, Historian book

Dr Jane Finucane Historian book