Archive for August, 2012

Nieuw boek van Hugo Soly (jg. 1967) en Catharina Lis

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

In their magnum opus Worthy Efforts: Attitudes to Work and Workers in Pre-Industrial Europe Catharina Lis and Hugo Soly offer an innovative approach to the history of perceptions and representations of work in Europe throughout Classical Antiquity and the medieval and early modern periods. Covering the broadest possible range of historical writings to elucidate the subject, and using visual representations as sources of information as well, they address the significance of work for different groups and its impact on their sense of self-esteem and their social identity. The authors reject the standard historical account of perceptions of work. They question the clear distinction generally drawn between Classical Antiquity and subsequent periods, the revolutionary role attributed to Christianity, and the part played by monasticism, Humanism, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment.

Studies in Global Social History, vol. 10, Brill, 2012, XIV+664 p. Hardback, € 139,00. ISSN: 1874-6705 ISBN13: 9789004231436.

Hugo Soly (1945) is Emeritus Professor of History at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and currently Guest Professor at the University of Antwerp. He has authored and co-authored many books and articles on the social history of pre-industial Europe.

Catharina Lis (1945) is Emeritus Professor of History at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and currently Guest Professor at the University of Antwerp. She has authored and co-authored many books, and has recently co-edited The Idea of Work (Ashgate, 2009).


Canadese geschiedenisprijs voor Klaartje Schrijvers (jg. 2002)

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The Political History Group, a committee affiliated with the Canadian Historical Association, is pleased to offer the 2012 prize for the best article in Canadian political history to Gregory P. Marchildon and Klaartje Schrijvers. Their study Physician Resistance and the Forging of Public Healthcare: A Comparative Analysis of the Doctors’ Strikes in Canada and Belgium in the 1960s was published in Medical History 55 p.203-222 (2011).
In their carefully researched article on mid-century health care reforms in Canada and Belgium, Marchildon and Schrijvers convincingly demonstrate how much the tools of comparative analysis can bring to our understanding of Canadian political history. By examining a familiar Canadian episode – the doctors’ strike in Saskatchewan that paved the way for first provincial and then national universal health insurance – within the context of similar global events, the authors are able to enrich our understanding of state formation. Using an approach that is both comparative in geography and in theme, combining as it does both medical and political history in Canada and Belgium, this article extends the narrow boundaries of all the areas under consideration. Focusing on medical associations and the interventions of government, Marchildon and Schrijvers ask new questions and approach old debates through a new methodological frame, providing scholars with an excellent model for future research. This is a timely and thoughtful article that clearly reconstructs the activities, rhetoric, and rationale of all central actors involved, while providing a clear, cogent, and comparative assessment.