Past & Present Latest Issue Published

No 218; the latest issue of Past & Present for February 2013 has been published. Founded in 1952, Past & Present is widely acknowledged to be the liveliest and most stimulating historical journal in the English-speaking world. Past & Present is a British historical academic journal, which was a leading force in the development of social history.

Went and not heard the sad tune of my song’s resonance…

In the evening of January 17, art and music world of Iran mourned in memory of one of the most distinguished professors and composers, Homayoun Khorram. Leading artist’s death gave us an opportunity to introduce his Memoirs to our dear readers. Recording the Memoirs of elite like him is an imperative for the next generation and we hope that all the artists and elite of our country consider it more than previous. Also, we hope that they make their story indelible for the people’s history before they pass away.


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History series edited by Linda Shopes and Bruce M. Stave, Soldiers and Citizens presents a collection of oral history interviews primarily with American soldiers, but also with family members, pundits, policy officials, and a few international interviewees. After providing a useful introduction and initial chapter focused on sketching out a brief history of American contacts with Iraq, Mirra groups the oral histories into four thematic chapters.


While also a social history of the Saudi Islamist movement, Stéphane Lacroix’s Awakening Islam examines the origins of a failed “insurrection” in the early 1990s against the Saudi state by an Islamist movement it had earlier nurtured.

Historical Studies Quarterly Published

Up to now 36 issues of Historical Studies Quarterly have been published by Political Studies and Researches Institute. The last 4 issues have been available published with a long delay and the last issue is still not up to date, since it is for the spring of 2012. Here is the list of contents for these four issues. It should be mentioned this quarterly is published in Persian but at the end of each issue the English translations of articles are presented.

Past & Present Latest Issue Published

Volume 217 Issue 1, of Past & Present has been published in November 2012.Here are the contents of this issue: Robin Fleming Recycling in Britain after the Fall of Rome’s Metal Economy Past and Present (2012) 217(1): 3-45 doi:10.1093/pastj/gts027 - Eric R. Dursteler

Book reveals Docs on Iran Novin Party

A book has been published by the Republic Iran Publications and the Book House Institute revealing documents about the Iran Novin Party or the New Iran Party. IBNA: The work entails 87 historically approved documents about the activities and measures by the leaders of the party in Iran and their party gatherings.


Ronald Blythe’s Akenfield, now forty years old, is generally acknowledged as one of the most influential books in the field of oral history.1 First published in 1969, Akenfield is a classic which still has the power to move the reader with its unsentimental, straightforward descriptions of a rural life that was hard, unremitting and something to be endured. This evocative portrait of life in an East Anglian village illustrated the potential for a new kind of history which told the stories of ordinary folk in their own words. To the twenty-first century reader it is a powerful description of a world we have lost.

History Workshop Journal Latest Issue

The latest issue of “History Workshop Journal” for the autumn of 2012 is published. This journal is affiliated to “The History Workshop Movement”. The History Workshop is a movement founded by Raphael Samuel. Its main role was to promote the historiographical tradition known variously as History from below, social history, the history of everyday life, or simply the people's history.

Banisadr: From Rise to Fall released

An account on Banisadr’s social, personal and political life prior to the victory of the Islamic Revolution has been written by Fatemeh Nazari Kahre. The work is published by the Islamic Revolution Document Center.

Significance and Function of Oral History in Documenting Organizational Knowledge and History – 2

Dr. Abolfazl Hasanabadi, Dr. Habibollah Esmaeeli and Dr. Mehdi Abolhasani participated in the fifth meeting out of the series of meetings on oral history in Iran hosted by Mrs. Mosafa. In the meeting set up in the History Hallway of the Clubhouse, they talked about “the significance and function of oral history in documenting organizational knowledge and history”. In continuation of the show, the host invited Dr. Hasanabadi to continue talks about ...

Book review: “Line of Blacksmiths”

Autobiographical memoirs of a young man from Dezful during the imposed war The "Line of Blacksmiths" uses a beautiful front cover which enjoys elegance and taste in its design; as the selected text on the back cover is proof of the authenticity and belief that shows the Iranian combatant proud and the real winner of the imposed war: "I went to get my gun. They were looking at me. Their crying and begging increased.

Excerpts from Memoirs of Abdullah Salehi

On the 28th of September 1980, in the back alleys of the Taleghani [Khorramshahr] neighborhood, we clashed with Iraqi artillery. Speed of action was important. If we reacted late, the rackets would hit us. Sometimes I lurked behind the alleys so that I could surprise the Iraqis. In one of these ambushes, I turned off the car so that they would not hear his voice. I was waiting for the head of the truck to be found across the street.

A Review of the Book "Ismail Nazr-Aftab"

Memoirs of a captive named Ismail Karimian Shaddel
When our gaze passes through the cheerful and smiling face of Ishmael among the white bouquet on a light blue background and stops on the back cover of the book, we empathize with him through these few sentences of the narrator in his journey: "I knew from the way the tires were moving that the car was moving on the asphalt road. I lost consciousness again. I woke up to vague sounds like the voices of women and children.