Funded by AHRC
A four nations history of the Irish Home Rule crisis c.1885-1914
I am working on a four nations history of the Irish Home Rule crisis, attempting to rectify what I believe to be an overconcentration in the historiography on specifically English elements of the crisis. In particular, I am focusing on the Welsh and Scottish reactions to Irish Home Rule, considering what made them unique, and at how parallel home rule movements emerged as a result. In turn, I hope to understand the English reaction, without insinuating its Britishness. Why England failed to establish its own home rule movement is also of interest. In addition, I am looking at the way the crisis impacted on political parties across the UK and at how home rule movements in Scotland and Wales attempted to use the Liberal party to further their agenda.
I attended King’s for my BA in History, before going to the University of Cambridge to study for an MPhil. I have spent the past year working as a writer for a tax publication, which I still do on a freelance basis. As an undergraduate, I won prizes in my second and third year for my work on British History, and also received prizes in my first and third years while studying for the AKC. My undergraduate dissertation on the 1886 Irish Home Rule Bill was nominated for the RHS History Today undergraduate prize.