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 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).


Microhistory in Russia at the Ural Federal University in  Yekaterinburg in October 2017: Microhistory: Its Past, Present and Future and in Moscow: Microhistory days at the Higher School of Economics – National Research University in April 2016 and a roundtable ‘Microhistory towards global history’ in the Institute of Universal History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in September 2016

MICROHISTORIES book series launched, book proposals are invited (2016)

Working out the curriculum of a joint MA programme ’Microhistory’.  An international project (2014-2016) – Suggested curriculum (2016) – Invitation to join ‘MICRO – Towards a joint international MA in Microhistory (2015)

Global microhistory at Carl von Ossietzky University (Oldenburg, Germany) and The Prize Papers Project

Launching an Italian journal of microhistory:  CONTESTI (2014)

Collaborative teaching experment (2014)

International Workshop Paupers in the Midst of Others. Orphans and Abandoned Children in Europe (18th–20th centuries). “Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History, Bucharest, 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.”

Teaching microhistory (Thomas V. Cohen)

The larger uses of microhistory (Thomas V. Cohen, 2012)

“The possibilities of microhistory in university education” Roundtable discussion (Institute of Advanced Study, Paris, 2011)

Call for Papers and Sessions: Cultural Histories: Close Readings, Critical Syntheses, ISCH Annual Conference, 2010

Seventh Symposium, 8–9 May 2009: ‘Microhistory – Local History – Parish History’

‘Developing an English-language MA-course on »Microhistory«’ Project (2007-2009)



Christian G. De Vito – Anne Gerritsen (eds): Micro-spatial histories of global labour. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon: “Far-reaching Microhistory: The Use of Microhistorical Perspective in a Globalized World.” Rethinking History 2017: DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2016.1252540

Andrew Stuart Bergerson – Leonard Schmieding et al: Ruptures in the Everyday: Views of Modern Germany from the Ground. Berghahn, 2017. 

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon – Davíd Ólaffsson:  Minor knowledge and Microhistory. Manuscript Culture in the Nineteenth Century. Routledge, 2017.

Microhistoria de esclavas y esclavos. Millars. Espai i história XLII (2007) 1.

Microhistory and the Historical Imagination.  Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 47 (2017) 1.

Soledad Fox has published her biography of Semprún in English: Jorge Semprún: The Spaniard who Survived the Nazis and Conquered Paris. Sussex Academic Press, 2017. For Spanish and Frech editions see: Ida y vuelta: la vida de Jorge Semprún. Debate, Penguin Random House. 2016. Spain and Latin America and Jorge Semprún: L’écriture et la vie. Paris: Flammarion, Grandes Biographies, 2017. (The US edition is forthcoming: Biography of Jorge Semprún. Arcade. Forthcoming, 2018.)

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon, “Microhistory, Biography and Ego-documents in Historical Writing”. Revue d’Histoire Nordique 20 (2016), pp. 133–153.

István M. Szijártó: The capacities of microhistory. In: Vilmos Erős – Róbert Káli – László Dávid Törő – Máté Kavecsánszki (eds.): Approaches to historiography. Debrecen, 2016. 191–197.

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon, “The Life is Never Over: Biography as a Microhistorical Approach”. In The Biographical Turn: Lives in History. Hans Renders, Binne de Haan and Jonne Harmsma (eds.) (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 42–52.

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon, “The Love Game as Expressed in Ego-Documents: The Culture of Emotions in Late Nineteenth Century Iceland”. Journal of Social History 50: 1 (2016), pp. 102–119.

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon, “Views into the Fragments: An Approach from a Microhistorical Perspective”. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20 (2016), pp. 182–206.

Olivia Odero, Caroline Nfon-Kamga, Marsha R. Robinson, and Aisa Softic, “Cracks in the Glass Ceiling: Gender and the Humanity Revolution against Old Fashioned International Relations Theory and Practice,” Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations XVII, no. 1 & 2 (2015/2016): 123-135.

Sigrun Alba Sigurðardóttir: Apertures of another understanding. Photographs of children at work. Monument and Memory. Edited by Jonna Bornemark, Mattias Martinson og Jayne Svenungsson. Zürich og Münster: LIT Verlag, 2015, p. 127-143.

Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon, “Tales of the Unexpected: The ‘Textual Environment’, Ego-Documents and a Nineteenth- Century Icelandic Love Story – An Approach in Microhistory”. Cultural and Social History 12:1 (2015), pp. 77–94.

Hans Medick: “Pathos der Nähe” und digitale Edition: Das Editionsportal “Mitteldeutsche Selbstzeugnisse der Zeit des Dreissigjährigen Krieges” (MDSZ) als Erkenntnisinstrument. In: Dorothee Hochstetter – Alexander Kranz (Hg.): Militärgeschichtliche Editionen heute. Neue Anforderungen, alte Probleme? ZMSBw, Potsdam, 2014. 137-153.

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.

Kristján Mímisson – Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon: “Singularizing the Past: The History and Archaeology of the Small and Ordinary”. Journal of Social Archaeology 14:2 (2014), pp. 131–156.

Mikkel Vendborg Pedresen: Luksus. Forbrug og kolonier i Danmark i det 18. århundrede (Luxury, Colonies and Consumption in Early Modern Denmark). Museum Tusculanum Press, 2013.

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.

Claudia Ulbrich – Hans Medick – Angelika Schaser (Hg.): Selbstzeugnis und Person. Transkulturelle Perspektiven. Böhlau: Köln – Weimar – Wien, 2012.

Simona Cerutti: Étrangers: Étude d’une condition d’incertitude dans une société d’Ancien Régime. Bayard, 2012.

Szijártó, István: Puzzle, fractale, mosaïque. Pensées sur la micro-histoire. L’Atelier du Centre de recherches historiques. Revue électronique du CRH 2012, No.9.

Cohen, Thomas V.: “Ruminations on Reflections on a Distant Crime,” Cultural History, vol. 1, no. 2 (2012), 151–67.

Tomich, Dale: A Ordem do Tempo Histórico: a Longue Durée e a Micro-História – The Order of Historical Time: The Longue Durée and Micro-History. Almanack. Guarulhos, n.02, pp.38-51, 2º semestre de 2011.

Trivellato, Francesca: Is There a Future for Italian Microhistory in the Age of Global History? California Italian Studies 2 (2011).

Chin, Chuenfei Margins and Monsters: How Some Micro Cases Lead To Macro Claims. History and Theory 50 (October 2011), 341–357.

Wim Hupperetz:Micro history, archaeology and the study of housing culture. Some thoughts on archaeological and historical data from a cesspit in 17th-century Breda. (2010)

Magnússon, Sigurður Gylfi: Wasteland with Words. A social history of Iceland. Reaktion Books, 2010.

Kjelland, Arnfinn: Norsk lokalhistorie og «nyare» mikrohistorie. Heimen: 2009 no 3, pp. 237–254.

Otto Ulbricht: Mikrogeschichte. Menschen und Konflikte in der Frühen Neuzeit. 2009.

Claudia Verhoeven: The Odd Man Karakozov: Imperial Russia, Modernity and the Birth of Terrorism. Cornell University Press, 2009.


Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon on microhistory (2017)


Microhistory, its advantages and limitations

(Moscow, 15 April 2016 – Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon and István M. Szijártó)


Carlo Ginzburg on microhistory (2015)