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Get to know our academics and students on our People and Postgraduate pages to get a feel for what it's really like to work and study in History and Exeter. Here are a few of our academics involved in research within the department;
My main research interest has been the identity and composition of the ‘middle sort of people’ in provincial England 1620-1750. My research interests in identity have shifted to questions of masculinity and gender identity among the gentry in England, between the seventeenth and twentiehth centuries. I also research land ownership in Essex and Lancashire, concentrating particularly on the decline of the small farmer, 1500-1800. Most recently, I have begun to research the history of poor relief in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
My research and teaching interests lie in the social and economic history of Early Modern Europe.
My major area of expertise is the history of Italy (especially the Venetian Republic) and the Mediterranean between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. My research has focused on commercial networks and the role they played in the early phases of globalization; on the economic, social and cultural analysis of late medieval and early modern empires and on the early modern development of legal institutions supporting trade.
I work on law and cultural exchanges in the British and Mughal empires - with particular attention to religious identities, family formation, and the styling of selves.
I am currently involved in two overlapping but also extremely divergent projects: the first explores the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council; and the second is based on Persian manuscript sources and looks at judges, litigants and state officials in the late Mughal empire.
I am a historian of 19th and 20th century British and Irish history with a particular focus on the social and cultural history of the First World War and British imperial activity in the Middle East since the 1880s. I am intrigued by the experiences of ordinary people and communities in global war, as well as the on-going (and often bloody) relationship between current conflict and imperial pasts, particularly in Ireland, Lebanon, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
My teaching and research interests lie in the history of Western Europe in the early and high Middle Ages. My background lies in the study of kingship and royal governance with an emphasis on the role of ritual and symbolic display, particularly in using charters and other documentary sources for this purpose, and I retain an active interest in these themes. Most of my work had been on later Anglo-Saxon England, but future projects focus more on France, northern Italy and (in particular) Germany and the rich archival materials preserved there.
I research British and international political and economic history in the period since 1867. I have worked on the Labour Party and on the United Nations, as well as on figures such as David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill and H.G. Wells. I am very much interested in the history of international trade. I am currently working on a book on Churchill's World War II speeches.
I love my PhD
History PhD student Miguel Hernandez tells us about his research and why he loves his PhD.
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