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Summary: War, society, and culture in Britain 1688-1840; Britain’s armed forces; conflicts in the long eighteenth century, especially the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
Location: Michael Sadler building, 3.14
Teaching Commitments: HIST1210 The Modern World FOAR2000 Research Placement HIST3685 Georgians at War HIST5020M Making History: Archive Placement HIST5540M Defending the Nation
Postgraduate supervision and teaching
I welcome contact from applicants interested in researching British History 1715 to 1815, particularly:
- Military history and relationship between government, society, and the armed forces
- History of British 'identity' in this period
- British history during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
- The Peninsular War, 1807-1814
- Local armed forces in the Eighteenth Century, such as fencibles, militia, yeomanry, and volunteers
Current research students
- Samuel Ellis, "Neither the Hills nor Rivers will Obstruct: Revisiting the East India Companys failed 1767 expedition to Nepal
- Nathatai Manadee, European influences at the genesis of the continental army and the United States armed services in the late Eighteenth to early Nineteenth centuries
- Matthew Cheetham, Charles Middleton - Britain's first policy maker
- King, Stephen, Military accommodation in England from 1688 - 1853
- Danielle Coombs, The domestic economy of British soldiers; military society, criminality and perception c.1740-1830 (2015)
- Linda Danil, "Mercenary" masculinities: Private military contractors, gender identity, and the laws of war in the contemporary period (co-supervision with the Centre for Gender Studies)
- Freddie Lyon (MA by research), Media representations and public perception of the war against Revolutionary France in Britain (2015)
- Juliette Reboul, French emigration to the British Isles from 1789: cultural transfers and identity discourse on the longue duree (2015)
- Matthew Cheetham, The way back from defeat: Britain during the aftermath of the American Revolutionary Wars (2011)
- Danielle Coombs, Soldiers and women - female agency in desertion from the British Army c. 1740-1815 (2010)
- Paul Dawson, French Mounted Troops in 1813: a logistical re-assessment (2010)
- Andrew Bamford, The British Army on campaign, 1808-1815: manpower, cohesion and effectiveness (2009). This has been subsequently published as Sickness, Suffering, and the Sword: The British Regiment on Campaign, 1805-1815 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013).
My taught postgraduate teaching is focused mostly on the MA in Modern History:
- Making History: archive collaborations. A new module for September 2016 in which students get to work with archives and heritage institutions in a work placement programme coupled with seminars. It encourages you to develop your awareness of the complex relationships between archivists and archives and how they create and shape history and heritage. Find out more about this module.
- Defending the Nation: Britain during the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars, 1793 to 1815 (HIST5540M). This module brings together existing but often disparate genres of History and my current research on individuals, identity, and the government's efforts to know better the country it was trying to defend. This module is offered as part of the MA in Modern History and the MA Social and Cultural History. You can view the reading list via the library website.