We have expertise in political, economic, social, cultural, religious, medical, environmental, maritime, naval, military and diplomatic history and range in time from the early medieval period to the late 20th century. We have particular strengths in the history of Britain and continental Europe, but also focus on the history of the United States, Latin America, India and Africa.
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 twentieth 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.
Our current PGRs
In History at Exeter we're proud of the research carried out by our PhD students. There are currently around 80 PhD students in the Department, many of whom maintain an online personal profile detailing their research activities. Follow the links below to find out more about them and their research projects.
|Student||Research title||Lead supervisor|
|Asma Alshaiban||The depiction of women in the historical work of Ibn Wasil||Professor Simon Barton|
|Desmond Atkinson||Education, Public Service and Reform: John Morton and the Making of a New Monarchy in Fifteenth-Century England||Professor James Clark|
|Andrew Binding||Living at Home: People, Spaces, and the Changing Domestic Environment in the Early Modern South West England.||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Emily Bridger||South Africa's Female Comrades: Gender, Identity and Student Resistance to Apartheid in Soweto, 1984-1990||Dr Stacey Hynd|
|Anna Calori||The cancellation of the working class: an analysis of privatisation in the former Yugoslavia from a bottom-up perspective||Professor James Mark|
|Thomas Chadwick||Men of 'high emotion'? emotion in Anglo-Norman society of the Eleventh and Twelfth centuries||Professor Sarah Hamilton|
|Hannah Charnock||Adolescent sexuality in Britain, c. 1960-1980.||Professor Kate Fisher|
|Philip Child||The Heights of Modernity: Affluence, the Labour Party and the Modern Home 1945-1970.||Professor Andrew Thorpe|
|Rachel Chin||Anglo-French Relations and Mers El-Kebir: Rhetorical Justification and Imperial Associations.||Professor Martin Thomas|
|Hannah Clark||From Melton Mowbray to Middleburg: Trans-Atlantic Dialogues in Fashionable Foxhunting, 1870-1930||Professor Henry French|
|Rowena Cockett||The experience, value, and expression of emotions in thirteenth-century Iberia||Professor Simon Barton|
|Richard Cooke||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Frederick Cooper||A panacea for psychological ill-health? The identification and management of work-life conflict after World War Two||Professor Mark Jackson|
|Jessica Desmond||A Hidden World: The Presence of the Medieval Calendar in English Misericord Iconography.||Professor James Clark|
|Gijs Drejier||Maritime average and normative practice in the Southern Low Countries (Fifteenth-Sixteenth Centuries)||Professor Maria Fusaro|
|Imogene Dudley||Women's Work Early Modern England, 1500-1700||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Jake Dyble||Transferring Costs in the Maritime Economy: Maritime Averages in Livorno (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)||Professor Maria Fusaro|
|Andrew English||The Laird Rams: Warships in Transition||Professor Jeremy Black|
|Rhoda Evans||Professor Martin Thomas|
|Natasha Feiner||Lifestyle, health and disease: changing concepts of balance in modern medicine||Professor Mark Jackson|
|Thomas Fidler||Cornwall's Border – Celtic Frontier or Anglicised Territory?||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Lorena Fierro Diaz||A Comparative Study of Queenship and Aristocratic Women’s Networks of Power in Twelfth-Century Iberia||Professor Simon Barton|
|Tomas Foster||Generational Defiance to the Kemalist Establishment from the Left, Marxist Youths in Turkey between 1960 and 1980||Professor James Mark|
|Paul Freer||Assess the contribution made by the development of target marking techniques to the prosecution of the bomber offensive during WW2.||Professor Richard Overy|
|Helen Frost||The Representation of the Strategic Bombing Campaign against Germany in the Allied (both national and international) Media and the Interpretation and Reception of that Representation by the General Public, 1939-1945.||Professor Richard Overy|
|Tank Green||From British Subject to Colonial Immigrant: A Study of Transposed Identities, 1939 to 1981||Professor Andrew Thompson|
|Austen Hamilton||Speculative House Builders as Entrepreneurs in Georgian London||Professor Henry French|
|Frankie Harding||The British Black Power Movement 1967-1974, an Oral and Documented History.||Professor Andrew Thorpe|
|Marion Hardy||People on the move in Devon, c.1572/1598 to c.1800||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Richard Harris||Civil Society in Cornwall.||Dr Garry Tregidga|
|Matthew Heaslip||The impact of financial cutbacks and restrictions upon the ability of the Royal Navy to realign itself, during the 1920's, to meet the challenges of the early Interwar period.||Dr Tehyun Ma|
|Richard Hill||The development and use of aircraft and armoured vehicles during the First World War||Professor Richard Toye|
|Benjamin Holmes||The efforts of British charities to relieve German civilians, from the start of the war in 1914, to post-war releif work carried on into the mid-1920s.||Dr Catriona Pennell|
|Derek Janes||The business of smuggling in SE Scotland c.1740-1796.||Professor Henry French|
|Reiko Kanazawa||Professor Mark Jackson|
|Nicos Kefalas||Superfoods, supplements and masculinity 1950s-present||Professor Mark Jackson|
|Rhian Keyse||Forced and Early Marriage in British Colonial Africa, 1925-62.||Dr Stacey Hynd|
|Betsy Lewisholmes||Health, Fitness and Exercise for Girls in late Victorian England||Dr Sarah Toulalan|
|Dianne Elizabeth Long||Designed Landscapes of Industrialists 1700 – c.1820||Professor Henry French|
|Stephen Lynam||Centre-Right Politics in the Spanish Province of Valencia 1931-1936.||Dr Tim Rees|
|Simon Magus||Esoteric Thought in the Life and Work of H. Rider Haggard.||Dr Paul Young|
|Henry Marsh||The examination of the representation and narration of ritual and ceremony within several chronicles of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century||Professor James Clark|
|Clare Maudling||Utopian Dreams or Peacetime Pragmatism? The successes and constraints of post-war reconstruction in the South West||Professor Richard Overy|
|Lilian McNaught||The 1816 Barbados Slave Revolt||Dr Kristofer Allerfeldt|
|Stuart Mole||The Commonwealth & Apartheid||Professor Andrew Thompson|
|Angela Muir||Unwanted pregnancies in Early Modern England and Wales: Illegitimacy, courtship, infanticide and contraception.||Dr Sarah Toulalan|
|Robert Nantes||Bankruptcy in eighteenth century England: A social account.||Professor Henry French|
|Amanda Phipps||The use of Theatre in Teaching the First World War||Dr Catriona Pennell|
|Lyndy (Carolyn) Pooley||The role of youth voluntary action in 1960s Britain: assumptions of community in a restless decade||Professor Mark Jackson|
|Elizabeth Raikes||Battleground to Playground: The British in Corsica 1794-1939.||Professor Andrew Thompson|
|Joshua Rhodes||Subtenancy in early modern England||Professor Henry French|
|Amy Ridgway||Wage labour and poverty on a Dorset estate, c.1680-1834||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Geoffrey Skinner||The Relationship Divided. Identity, Personality and Realism in the development of Anglo-American Nuclear Strategy, 1947 to 1958||Professor Richard Toye|
|Guy Solomon||The Living Standards of Tyneside Miners during the British Industrial Revolution||Professor Mark Overton|
|Catherine Talbot||Trans-Atlantic Consumerism in the 18th Century: A comparative Study of the Material Culture of Ordinary People in Britain and her American Colonies.||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Michael Tedstone||P.& A.CAMPBELL LTD - PASSENGER STEAMSHIP OWNERS RAPID GROWTH IN THE 1890s||Professor Alan Booth|
|Joanna Thomas||Britain’s seafaring men and women: an analysis of the maritime labour force 1850 – 1911||Professor Maria Fusaro|
|Teresa Tinsley||Hernando de Baeza.||Professor Simon Barton|
|Balint Tolmar||The “Adria”-Project: East-South Relations and the European Socialist Countries' Quest for Energy Security in the Post-Oil Shock Era||Professor James Mark|
|James Villalard||Dgieu Sauve Le Roé, Nouot' Duc!”: A Re-assessment of the strategic position and tactical role of the Channel Islands during the Great French War (1792-1815).||Professor Jeremy Black|
|Michelle Webb||'As fowle a ladie as the smale pox could make her': facial disfigurement in sixteenth and seventeenth century England||Dr Sarah Toulalan|
|Paul Williams||The Trading Community of Exeter 1470-1570||Professor Jane Whittle|
|Teresa Witcombe||The intellectual life of Mauricius Hispanus (1209-1238)||Professor Simon Barton|
|Lewis Wade||Maritime Trade and State Regulation: Maritime Averages in France during the Seventeenth Century||Professor Maria Fusaro|
|Fahriye Yildizeli||'W.E.Gladstone and British Policy towards the Ottoman Empire'||Professor Richard Toye|
|Tomasz Zawadzki||Interdisciplinary history of sexual science in Poland.||Professor Kate Fisher and Dr Jana Funke|