Now online: Ambix: the Journal of the Society for the Study of Alchemy and Early Chemistry

Oxford researchers will be pleased to know that Ambix: the Journal of the Society for the Study of Alchemy and Early Chemistry is now available online, starting with volume 44 (1997). For issues before that date, you will need to consult the printed copy.

Ambix is an internationally-recognised, peer-reviewed journal and the leading specialist publication in its field, which is viewed as a major outlet for current research. Published four times a year, in February, May, August and November, its remit is to facilitate the publication of high-quality research and discussion in all areas relevant to the history of alchemy and chemistry, including:

  • ancient, medieval and early modern alchemy
  • the Chemical Revolution
  • the impact of atomism
  • the rise of organic chemistry
  • the chemical industry
  • quantum chemistry
  • interactions between the chemical sciences and other disciplines

The Journal’s scope extends to the history of pharmacy and chemical medicine, environmental studies of the chemical industry, and the material and visual culture of chemistry. ” (https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=yamb20, accessed 15 May 2018)

Ambix also publishes reviews in English of books dealing with any aspect of the history of alchemy and chemistry.

Now online: Das Historisch-Politische Buch: ein Wegweiser durch das Schrifttum

I am pleased to report that Oxford researchers now have online access to Das Historisch-Politische Buch: ein Wegweiser durch das Schrifttum (ISSN: 0018-2605), starting with vol. 65 (3), 2017.

This review journal started publication in 1953. The printed copies can be requested from the offsite storage to Bodleian Libraries reading rooms.

More than 1,000 international scholars publish reviews (Buchbesprechungen) in the journal on a regular basis, reviewing over a 1,000 current publications annually. While focusing on history and political science the HPB covers related disciplines as well.

Snippet from Table of Contents of Das Historisch-Politische Buch (HPB), Vol. 65, Issue 4-6 (2017)

The topics range from medieval to post-1945 history and include non-European history also. The reviews are either by publication or gathered in themes, e.g. historical methods, regional and urban history, military history, education, environment, gender, religion and church, etc.

The journal provides scholarly guidance of the historical literature for researchers and librarians. The reviews summarise the content of the book, comment on the subject and place them in the research context. This is a great resource to discover the German historiography of a wide range of publications on history and politics and to locate book reviews.

The reviews are in German and are full-text searchable.

Trial until 23 May: Vestnik Evropy – a Russian literary and political journal

Nick Hearn, French and Slavonic Subject Specialist in the Taylor Institution Library, is running a trial of the online Vestnik Evropy. The journal is not just a literary one but contains much of interest about Russian politics and foreign relations. This might therefore be of interest to historians. The trial is now available via OxLIP+.

Vestnik Evropy (DA-VE) (trial until 23 May 2018)

This electronic resource, covering the years 1802-1830, complements our printed set of Vestnik Evropy (Viestnik Evropy) held at the Taylorian which starts in 1866 and continues up to the Revolution. The journal Vestnik Evropy is among the earliest and most influential literary and political journals of Russia. The founder of the journal was the writer and historian Nikolai Karamzin.

Please send feedback to nick.hearn@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

New: e-access to Beiträge zur Rechtsgeschichte Österreichs

I’m pleased to report that Oxford researchers now have online access to Beiträge zur Rechtsgeschichte Österreichs, 1, 2011-.

Founded in 2011 by the Kommission für Rechtsgeschichte Österreichs (KRGÖ) of the Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften and published twice a year, this peer-reviewed academic journal specialises on the legal history of Austria covering all periods, medieval to contemporary. Research will include legal history of modern day Austria but also the Austrian monarchy and its former Habsburg territories (e.g. modern day Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia).

All aspects of legal history are covered (constitutional law, criminal law, civil law) as well as legal doctrine, comparative law, sociology and political science.

Journal issues are often thematically arranged:

Band 2016/2: Gerichtsvielfalt in Wien. Forschungen zum modernen Gerichtsbegriff
Band 2015/2: Frühneuzeitliche Supplikationspraxis und monarchische Herrschaft in europäischer Perspektive
Band 2014/2: Zwischen Wien und Czernowitz
Band 2013/2: recht [durch] setzen / Making Things Legal: Gesetzgebung und prozessuale Wirklichkeit in den europäischen Rechtstraditionen
Band 2013/1: Appellation und Revision im Europa des Spätmittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit
Band 2012/1: Eherecht 1811 bis 2011. Historische Entwicklungen und aktuelle Herausforderungen
Band 2011/1: Testamente aus der Habsburgermonarchie. Alltagskultur, Recht, Überlieferung

Access is via SOLO or OU eJournals

New ejournal Food & History, 1, (2003)-

Oxford readers can now access all issues for Food & History [ISSN 1780-3187] online.

An academic journal published since 2003 by the Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation (IEHCA), Food & History is the leading specialised journal in Europe in the field of food history. It covers all periods, from ancient history to post-modern times.

“The journal studies food history (from prehistory to the present), food archaeology, and food culture from different points of view. It embraces social, economic, religious, political, agronomical, and cultural aspects of food and nutrition. It deals at the same time with questions of food consumption, production and distribution, with nutrition theories and practices (medical aspects included), with food-related paraphernalia and infrastructures, as well as with culinary practices, gastronomy, and restaurants. Being positioned at the cross-roads of the humanities and social sciences, the review deliberately promotes interdisciplinary research approaches. Although most contributions are concerned with European food history, the journal principally also welcomes articles on other food cultures.” From http://www.hsozkult.de/journals/id/zeitschriften-575, accessed 21 April 2017.

The journal is listed in SOLO and Oxford eJournals. Articles are indexed in the Bibliography of British & Irish History (BBIH) and Historical Abstracts.