Peter Burke

Miniature of woman reading, from the Chronicles of the King of France, by Robert Gaguin, Paris, 1514.

An increasingly powerful state was made possible by the creation of archival networks.

Described by Bossuet as “a Protestant in friar's clothing,” Sarpi was an historian who saw that religion might be a cloak for political designs and, as Peter Burke describes, organised his historical writings around this point.

Peter Burke describes how the study of visual sources has extended the range of historical enquiry.

Peter Burke looks at how images and the image-makers made the Sun King appear as the larger-than-life 'top ruler' of 17th-century Europe.

Peter Burke on a pioneering historian of 'spirit of the age', who pushed back the frontiers of cultural history.

Historians ask, what constitutes the history of popular culture?

Peter Burke discusses historical amnesia and cultural roots.

It used to be taken for granted that historians wrote narratives, but this is now a matter of debate.