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This special section was based on a workshop held at the University of York in September 2014 and funded by the British Academy through the Excavating Deep History: Historiography, Methodology and Narratives of Human Nature mid-career fellowship awarded to Amanda Rees for the 2013–2014 academic year. Their financial support is deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged. We would also like to acknowledge the important intellectual and critical contributions made by other participants in that workshop – in particular Chris Renwick, Penny Spikins, Jon Marks, Steve Fuller and Stuart Carroll – as well as the administrative support provided by Sarah Shrive-Morrison. Finally, our thanks to Charlotte Sleigh, Trish Hatton and two anonymous reviewers, for all the help they gave in seeing this project through from the first proposal to the appearance of this special section, and to Iwan Rhys Morus and Sam Robinson for criticizing this introduction.


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