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Past & Present is a British historical academic journal, which was a leading force in the development of social history. It was founded in 1952 by a combination of Marxist and non-Marxist historians. The Marxist historians included members of the Communist Party Historians Group, including E. P. Thompson, Christopher Hill, Eric Hobsbawm, Rodney Hilton, and Dona Torr.

Past & Present  
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Discipline History
Language English
Edited by Alexandra Walsham, Matthew Hilton
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Publication history
Oxford University Press on behalf of the Past and Present Society (United Kingdom)
Frequency Quarterly
Standard abbreviations
Past Present
ISSN 0031-2746 (print)
1477-464X (web)
LCCN 65077388
JSTOR 00312746
OCLC no. 265436895

It is published four times a year by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Past and Present Society, a British historical membership association and registered charity.[1]

The society also publishes a book series (Past and Present Publications), and sponsors occasional conferences and appoints postdoctoral fellows.


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