International Review of Social History

The International Review of Social History (IRSH) is one of the leading journals in its field. Truly global in its scope, it focuses on research in social and labour history from a comparative and transnational perspective, both in the modern and in the early modern period, and across periods. The journal combines quality, depth and originality of its articles with an open eye for theoretical innovation and new insights and methods from within its field and from contiguous disciplines. Besides research articles, it features surveys of new themes and subject fields, a suggestions and debates section, review essays and book reviews.

The IRSH aims for a truly global scope and emphasises the need for a comparative perspective that recognises the interrelationship of historical change and the phenomena and factors underlying that change. We welcome submissions from around the world that deal with the social history of work, workers and labour relations, examined at local, regional, national or transnational levels, but always with a view to how they contribute to a better understanding of what global labour history is.

Topics covered include the lives and work of slaves, wage labourers, craftspeople, farmers and the self-employed; related issues of class, gender, age, race and ethnicity; social, cultural and political movements, including the intellectual ideas that played a role in these movements; citizenship; theoretical and methodological issues; the environment and ecology in relation to the social.

Contributions that fall within this range of themes and topics in the field of the social history of work and workers are welcome, especially contributions with a comparative, transnational or transcontinental perspective.

The journal is edited by the IISH and published by Cambridge University Press. Three regular issues appear annually, in April, August and December, and a Special Issue with articles on a current topic. In addition, the Book Reviews section covers many of the recently published books in the field of social and labour history.


IRSH includes

  • Authoritative research articles
  • Special Themes
  • Suggestions and debates: topical essays open for discussion
  • Review essays
  • Book reviews, covering recently published books of interest to social historians
  • Annual Special Issue compiled by guest editors and addressing a theme of immediate interest

About IRSH

  • The International Review of Social History is published for the IISH by Cambridge University Press.
  • Full text articles published in IRSH are available online to subscribers at CambridgeCore.
  • IRSH volumes from 1956 onwards are indexed in the Labour History Serials Service.
  • View tables of content of all volumes, with articles summaries and full text of bibliography, for all volumes from 1992 onwards.
  • For subscriptions, contact Cambridge University Press.