In my conversation this week with my colleague Amada Beltran, we talk about some of the biggest problems in history: the state, modernity, and how on earth do historians come to understand the past? Amada talks about how her careful study of wills showed her a key moment in the relationship between the family, the church, and the modern state in 19th century Mexico. I won't spoil it for you here, but it's a great piece of detective work. Listen if you're curious about modernity, the Catholic Church, the Habsburgs, or the Emperor Maximilian, the crummy Bourbon monarch of Mexico.
Nara Milanich, Children of Fate: Childhood, Class, and the State in Chile, 1850-1930 (Duke University Press, 2009)
Nara Milanich, “Whither Family History? A Road Map from Latin America,” American Historical Review 112:2, April 2007, 439-458.
Tanya Evans, "Secrets and Lies: the Radical Potential of Family History", History Workshop Journal