Links & Resources

This page contains a selection of links to websites of interest for Early Modernists. These includes resource collections, tools, blogs, and academic associations.



  • Digitaal Platform Historische Praktijk
    Weblinks to research institutes, bibliographies, and many more have been collected on the Digital Platform Historische Praktijk of Ghent University. It also provides both links to sites with sources and databases concerning the Early Modern period, in particular those relating to the Low Countries, as well as its own materials.
  • British History Online
    The BHO contains the most extensive collection of resources relating to Early Modern British history online. This includes printed calendars, rolls, and diaries, among other things. Some sources are available for free, to access others you will need to obtain a subscription.
  • Early Modern Diplomacy. A collection of resources
    This website from Monash University contains some links to online primary resources and a list of secondary literature pertaining to Early Modern diplomacy – particularly English diplomacy overseas.


  • Basic advice for reading secretary hand
    Folgerpedia has produced this document with advice on coping with the difficulties I reading so-called ‘secretary hand,’ – one of the most common, and most difficult to read, hands of the Early Modern. The document includes tips, examples, and some common abbreviations.
  • Transkribus
    Transkribus is a handwritten text recognition tool, available for free download. Online tutorials are available to show researchers how to train the program to read handwritten texts and render them into modern type faces for easier processing. Transcription is required of a series of documents in the same hand to train the program to produce automated transcriptions.
  • Visualizing Historical Networks
    Hosted by Harvard, this website contains a collection of projects that have endeavoured to visualise various historical networks, and how the project directors have done so using Gephi, the free, open source ‘Graph Viz Platform.’



These are blogs run by members of the IEMH, as well as external blogs that may be of interest to IEMH members.

  • Researching Early Modern History
    This is a blog for professionals and students interested in researching or teaching Early Modern history. The primary contributor is Thomas Donald Jacobs, but any member of the IEMH is welcome to contribute.
  • Earlymodernity
    “A site for exploring different stories.” This blog is written and maintained by Steven Vanden Broeke, an IEMH member. The site seeks to explore materials, discussions, and reflections on the ‘Modern’ in ‘Early Modernity.’
  • The Early Modern Commons
    This is a collection of blogs covering 1500-1800. The site also includes a page dedicated to spreading conference information and calls for papers.


Academic associations

These are the external academic associations the members of the IEMH are primarily involved with.

  • American Indian Workshop
    The AIW is the longest running annual conference concerning research on the Indigenous societies of the Americas in Europe. Topics range from the Pre-Columbian period, to the Modern. The ‘Early Modern’ periodisation is also regularly covered, and is of particular interest to members of the IEMH since it generally concerns European-Indigenous interactions both in the Americas and in Europe.
  • GEMS
    The Group for Early Modern Studies at Ghent University, focusses on both the Early Modern Period and methodology. It examines, in particular, the tension between the period, and the late-modern framework from which it is often examined. This research group spans the entirety of the Humanities at Ghent University, and has members from the Departments of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, History, Literary Studies, and Art, Music, and Theatre Sciences.
  • HOST
    The Historische Onderzoek naar Stedelijke Transformatieprocessen group, based at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, focusses on the development of urban communities and environments of cities in Brabant and Flanders from the late Middle Ages to the Long Nineteenth Century.
    The Sarton Centre for History of Science is an interdisciplinary research centre that focusses on the history of knowledge acquisition, circulation, and foundation. Its members span the entirety of the Humanities departments at Ghent University. Its core membership, which resides within the Philosophy Department, however, describe themselves as ‘historians of philosophy,” rather than philosophers.
  • Sweet Sixteen
    Sweet Sixteen is an interdisciplinary informal discussion group that focusses on the cultural history of the long sixteenth century, and includes members from outside Ghent University. They have regular meetings and readings by visiting scholars and guest lecturers on a wide variety of topics. For more information , please contact Anne-Laure Van Bruaene at


Other associations and research networks

External associations and research networks relating to the Early Modern period.