Dr David Thackeray
Telephone: 01392 724345
I have held two AHRC awards for projects which explore the history of Britain's involvement in imperial and global trade networks during the twentieth century, and cultural ideas of 'British' trade identities both in the UK and overseas. You can read the latest news about these projects via http://www.imaginingmarkets.com Building on the activities of the AHRC network, I have recently set up the History & Policy Global Economics and History Forum with Marc-William Palen (Exeter) and Andrew Dilley (Aberdeen). The forum aims to bring together academics, business groups, policy makers and members of the general public interested in how understandings of historical trade relations can inform current policy debates. I currently hold a British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Award: 'Trading partners: rethinking the history of Britain's global trade networks in a post- Brexit age' which will enable me to discuss these questions with academics and policy-makers.
These projects build on my earlier work on British political history: 'Conservatism for the democratic age: Conservative cultures and the challenge of mass politics in early twentieth century England', (Manchester University Press, 2013) explores the dramatic cultural transformation which occurred within the discourse and practice of Conservative politics between 1900 and 1924. Building on this work, I was Principal Investigator for the GW4 Modern British Politics and Political History community, which brings together researchers from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. See our website for more details of our projects.
I sometimes blog for the Exeter Centre for Imperial and Global History