Fifteen Eighty Four

Academic perspectives from Cambridge University Press


Question: Why did we include these particular passages in the dedication?

To the memory of Walter Roberts III (1959–2021) τὸ γάρ τοι θάνατον δεδιέναι, ὦ ἄνδρες,                              ...

Sheron Fraser-Burgess, Jessica Heybach, Dini Metro-Roland | 30 Apr 2024

Choices in a Chaotic Campaign:  Looking Forward to the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election

We write this blog knowing the 2024 presidential election will be a rematch of the 2020 contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.  We are not fully aware, though, how changes in the political landscape...

Patrick J. Kenney, Kim L. Fridkin | 29 Apr 2024

30 years working on conjugated polymers

It is rather appropriate that our book on conjugated polymers comes out 30 years to the month since I arrived in Cambridge to start working on them for the first time. When I joined Andy Holmes’s group...

Andrew Grimsdale | 26 Apr 2024

America’s First Pacific Empire

Beginning in the 1850s, the United States took its first, incautious steps toward developing an overseas empire in the Pacific. In the end, the empire would help defeat Japan during World War II. The...

Miles M. Evers, Eric Grynaviski | 25 Apr 2024

Colonial Origins of Democracy and Dictatorship

A century ago, every democratic regime was in Western Europe or in a country settled by Western Europeans. The picture is now more varied. Non-Western countries such as India and Jamaica have been democracies...

Jack Paine, Alexander Lee | 25 Apr 2024

‘‘Rainy, rainy rattle-stanes’: Ritual responses to extreme weather in Late Antiquity’

As I write this, England has had the wettest twelve months since 1871 (although it has seemingly been drier in Scotland, where I live – even if it does not necessarily feel that way). Weather stories,...

Lucy Grig | 24 Apr 2024

Have a Bit of Nous: Understanding the Relationship between the Faith Traditions of the World

It’s not often that people nowadays invoke an ancient Greek philosophical concept but – without knowing that this is what they’re doing – this is precisely what happens, in certain parts...

Christopher C. Knight | 24 Apr 2024

Luigi Pirandello. Loving the theatre, in spite of it all

Luigi Pirandello, far left, attends the Maria Melato Company’s rehearsal of his play Lazarus, 1929. Online collection of the Istituto di Studi Pirandelliani e sul Teatro Contemporaneo,...

Patricia Gaborik | 23 Apr 2024

Can Regulatory Shaming Save the Planet?

Imagine if the government ranked banks according to their investments in the oil and gas industries or rated and labelled food and clothing companies based on their poor carbon footprint. Would you react...

Sharon Yadin | 22 Apr 2024

Launching The Cambridge Constitutional History of the United Kingdom at the House of Lords, 6 March

Introduction from Professor P. Cane and Dr H. Kumarasingham, Editors of The Cambridge Constitutional History of the United Kingdom On 6 March 2024, The Cambridge Constitutional History of the United...

Peter Cane, H. Kumarasingham | 19 Apr 2024

Infusion fluids and hemodynamics are eventually united.

When going to my hospital work, I pass a well-kept peaceful and quite large grass area surrounded by a fence. A memory stone declares that this is a mass grave of cholera victims from the 1850s. As a...

Professor Robert Hahn | 15 Apr 2024

Reimagining Philanthropy in the Global South: Building Communities for More Impact

Philanthropy is all too often misunderstood, mis-represented and subject to broad generalisations that obfuscate its potential, particularly in relation to the Global South. As Professor Beth Breeze outlines...

Kamal Munir, Clare Woodcraft, Nitya Mohan Khemka | 10 Apr 2024