Book Group

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Transatlantic Reading Group 2023-2024

October 23, 2023 Maxine Berg and Pat Hudson, Slavery, Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution (2023)
November 20, 2023 Esme Cleall, Colonising Disability: Impairment and Otherness across Britain and its Empire, c. 1800-1914 (2022)
December 4, 2023 Work in Progress: Isobel Akerman
January 29, 2024 Alison Bashford, The Huxleys: An Intimate History of Evolution (2022)
February 12, 2024 Work in Progress: Lucy Sharp
March 4, 2024 Arunima Datta, Fleeting Agencies: A Social History of Indian Coolie Women in British Malaya (2021)
April 29, 2024 Teri Chettiar, The Intimate State: How Emotional Life Became Political in Welfare-State Britain (2023)
July 12-14, 2024 NYCTC11: Cambridge


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Transatlantic Reading Group 2022-2023

October 17, 2022 James Stafford, The Case of Ireland: Commerce, Empire and the European Order, 1750-1848 (2022)
November 7, 2022 Work in Progress: Roslyn Dubler
December 5, 2022 Christopher Hilliard, A Matter of Obscenity: The Politics of Censorship in Modern England (2021)
February 6, 2023  John Davis, Waterloo Sunrise: London from the Sixties to Thatcher (2022)
February 27, 2023 Laura Carter, Histories of Everyday Life: The Making of Popular Social History in Britain, 1918-1979 (2021)
April 24, 2023 Caroline Ritter, Imperial Encore: The Cultural Project of the Late British Empire (2021)
May 15, 2023 Work in Progress: Alice McKimm
September 22-24, 2023 NYCTC10: New York


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Transatlantic Reading Group 2021-2022

October 18, 2021 Priya Satia, Time’s Monster: History, Conscience, and Britain’s Empire (2020)
November 8, 2021 Sam Wetherell, Foundations: How the Built Environment Made Twentieth-Century Britain (2020)
December 6, 2021 Peter Mandler, The Crisis of the Meritocracy:  Britain’s Transition to Mass Education since the Second World War (2020)
January 24, 2022 Lise Butler, Michael Young, Social Science, and the British Left, 1945-1970 (2020)
February 14, 2022 Padraic X. Scanlan, Slave Empire: How Slavery Built Modern Britain (2020)
March 7, 2022 Julia Laite, The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey: A True Story of Sex, Crime, and the Meaning of Justice (2021)
April 7-9, 2022 NTYCTC8
May 9, 2022 Kate Imy, Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army (2019)
July 7-10, 2022 NYCTC9

2021-2022 Presentation Schedule

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Transatlantic Reading Group 2020-21

November 2, 2020 Otto Saumarez Smith, Boom Cities: Architectural Planners and the Politics of Radical Urban Renewal in 1960s Britain (2019)
November 30, 2020 Kieran Connell, Black Handsworth: Race in 1980s Britain (2019)
January 25, 2021 Helen McCarthy, Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood (2020)
February 15, 2021 Erika Hanna, Snapshot Stories: Visuality, Photography, and the Social History of Ireland, 1922-2000 (2020)
April 5, 2021 Jordanna Bailkin, Unsettled: Refugee Camps and the Making of Multicultural Britain (2018)
May 3, 2021 Zoe Strimpel, Seeking Love in Modern Britain: Gender, Dating and the Rise of ‘the Single’ (2020)

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Transatlantic Reading Group 2019-20

October 14, 2019 Desmond Fitz-Gibbon, Marketable Values: Inventing the Property Market in Modern Britain (2018)
October 28, 2019 Steven Press, Rogue Empires: Contracts and Conmen in Europe’s Scramble for Africa (2017)
December 2, 2019 (postponed until 2020/2021) Charlotte Greenhalgh, Aging in Twentieth-Century Britain (2018)
January 27, 2020 Mar Hicks, Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (2017)
February 10, 2020 Clair Wills, Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Postwar Britain (2017)
April 27, 2020 Guy Ortolano, Thatcher’s Progress: From Social Democracy to Market Liberalism through an English New Town (2019)
May 27 2020 Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, Class, Politics, and the Decline of Deference in England, 1968-2000 (2018)
September 21 2020 Penelope Ismay, Trust Among Strangers: Friendly Societies in Modern Britain (2018)

Transatlantic Reading Group 2018-19

October 22, 2018 Erika Rappaport, A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World (2017)
November 12, 2018 Elizabeth Buettner, Europe after Empire: Decolonization, Society, and Culture (2016)
December 3, 2018 Robert Saunders, Yes to Europe! The 1975 Referendum and Seventies Britain (2018)
January 28, 2019 David Edgerton, The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A 20th-Century History (2018)
February 11, 2019 Christopher Hilliard, The Littlehampton Libels: A Miscarriage of Justice and a Mystery
about Words in 1920s England (2017)
April 29, 2019 Tim Rogan, The Moral Economists: R.H. Tawney, Karl Polanyi, E.P. Thompson, and the
Critique of Capitalism (2018)
May 12, 2019 (rescheduled from March 4) Emily Robinson, The Language of Progressive Politics in Modern Britain (2017)

Transatlantic Reading Group 2017-18

October 16, 2017 Aled Davies, The City of London and Social Democracy: The Political Economy of Finance in Post-war Britain (2017)
November 13, 2017 Emily Jones, Edmund Burke and the Invention of Modern Conservatism, 1830-1914 (2017)
November 27, 2017 Amanda Anderson, Bleak Liberalism (2016)
January 29, 2018 Matt Houlbrook, Prince of Tricksters: The Incredible True Story of Netley Lucas, Gentleman Crook (2016)
February 19, 2018 Catherine Hall et al., Legacies of British Slave-Ownership: Colonial Slavery and the Formation of Victorian Britain (2014)
April 30, 2018 Alison Light, Common People: The History of an English Family (2014)
May 14, 2018 (rescheduled from March) John Bew, Citizen Clem: A Biography (2016)

Transatlantic Reading Group 2016-17

October 17, 2016 Thomas Dixon, Weeping Britannia: A Portrait of a Nation in Tears (2015)
October 31, 2016 Erik Linstrum, Ruling Minds: Psychology in the British Empire (2016)
November 28, 2016 Helen Smith, Masculinity, Class and Same-Sex Desire in Industrial England, 1895-1957 (2015)
January 23, 2017 Katrina Navickas, Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789-1848 (2015)
February 6, 2017 Marc Matera, Black London: The Imperial Metropolis and Decolonization in the Twentieth Century (2015)
March 6, 2017 James Smith, British Writers and MI5 Surveillance, 1930-1960 (2012)
May 1, 2017 Antoinette Burton, The Trouble with Empire: Challenges to Modern British Imperialism (2015)

Transatlantic Reading Group 2015-16

October 20, 2015 Carolyn Steedman, An Everyday Life of the English Working Class: Work, Self and Sociability in the Early Nineteenth Century (2013)
November 10, 2015 William Whyte, Redbrick: A Social and Architectural History of Britain’s Civic Universities (2015)
December 1, 2015 Julie-Marie Strange, Fatherhood and the British Working Class, 1865-1914 (2015)
February 2, 2016 Seth Koven, The Match Girl and the Heiress (2015)
February 23, 2016 Susan Pedersen, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (2015)
March 8, 2016 Michael Saler, As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality (2012)
May 3, 2016 Mathew Thomson, Lost Freedom: The Landscape of the Child and the British Post-War Settlement (2013)