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The Microhistory Network was created as a loose group in January 2007 to bring together historians interested in the theory and practice of microhistory through a homepage with a continuously refreshed bibliography, links to the members' homepages and other relevant webpages that would give information about conferences, events, the publication of books and articles. The founding members of the Microhistory Network are Mihail Boytsov, Carlo Ginzburg, Marion Gray, Ingar Kaldal, Giovanni Levi, David M. Luebke, Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon, Sarah Maza, Edward Muir, Matti Peltonen, Guido Ruggiero, David Sabean and István Szijártó.  The coordinator of the Microhistory Network is István Szijártó (Eötvös University, Budapest).








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Collaborative teaching experiment  in the Fall of 2014   

Members of the Microhistory Network are kindly invited by Professor Andrew S. Bergerson to take part in the following interesting project of a microhistorical character: 


In the Fall of 2014, a collaborative teaching experiment will take place. Faculty at universities in various countries will try to teach a course using a common website, and a common format (course description). Each instructor is responsible for their students, but the students engage with each other on the subject using virtual technologies. Most of the work is asynchronous; some of it will be in real time. There are already colleagues interested in the project from universities in Austria, France, Germany, Taiwan, and the US. Students/faculty in any discipline in the social sciences or the humanities may participate. The only prerequisite is that students and faculty must be able to read German.


András Vári – Judit Pál – Stefan Brakensiek: Herrschaft an der Grenze. Mikrogeschichte der Macht im östlichen Ungarn im 18. Jahrhundert. Böhlau Verlag: Köln–Weimar–Wien, 2014. (Adelswelten 2.)

Anne Pettersen Rodda: Trespassing in Time. Family History as Microhistory. Published by the author. Charleston, 2014.

István M. Szijártó: A történész mikroszkópja. A mikrotörténelem elmélete és gyakorlata  [The Historian’s Microsope. The Theory and Practice of Microhistory] L’Harmattan: Budapest, 2014. (In Hungarian.)

Hans Medick—Benjamin Marschke: Experiencing the Thirty Years War.  A Brief History with Documents. Boston—New York, 2013. (Bedford Cultural Editions)

Magnússon, Sigurður Gylfi  – Szijártó, M. István: What is microhistory? Theory and practice. Routledge: London—New York, 2013.




A student of UMKC (the University of Missouri, Kansas City), Dustin Stalnaker, has won the 2013 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award from the UMKC School of Graduate Studies for his MA thesis written in the microhistory track of the History MA program. The title of his thesis is "The post-conflict odyssey of German communist veterans of the Spanish Civil War, 1939–1989."  Congratulations!

Created by a group of historians, Contesti ("Contexts") is an attempt to better understand social complexity through the analysis of the oft-hidden relationships and exchanges among people, social groups and institutions. In order to address our aim, the journal aims to reconstitute contextual analyses as defined through explicit and implicit relationships whose relevance can be established. Inspired by micro-history, Contesti intends to investigate the nature and the transformation of social phenomena by putting the accent on the continual interaction between personal choices and political strategies, between economic mechanisms and the circulation of ideas, as well as between cultural systems and individual behavior. The review is open to contributions from all disciplines and is made up of three sections: original research, interviews with researchers, and discussions of literature, cinema and essays. Contesti is published twice a year. (Davide Tabor, Editor of Contesti. Rivista di microstoria) See:


An italian journal of microhistory has been launched