History Research

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MPhil/PhD, option of joint PhD with HKU/NUS

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Part Time, Full Time

Staff interests associated with the research programme and its research groups

King’s College London is at the forefront of new approaches to teaching and researching early modern history. Our specialisms connect the political and the social, the intellectual and the religious dimensions of the early modern world.

Early Modern History academic staff in the Department of History:
  • Professor Francisco Bethencourt Racism & Civil Rights in World History; European expansion; religious history
  • Dr Max Edling American founding; United States early republic
  • Dr Anne Goldgar Cultural & social history in Early Modern Europe
  • Professor Laura Gowing Women & gender in Early Modern England; Crime; London; Sex 
  • Dr Lucy Kostyanovsky Reformation in England & Europe; Religion & society; Henry VIII
  • Dr Anna Maerker Medicine and science, c. 1700-1900; The visual and material culture of medicine and science
  • Professor Ian McBride 18th-century Ireland; Intellectual & cultural history of Early Modern Britain & Ireland
  • Dr Niall O'Flaherty Theology, science & social thought in Europe at the beginning of the 19th-century
  • Dr Adam Sutcliffe Western European Jewish History and Intellectual History (1650-1850)
  • Professor Evelyn Welch Renaissance and Early Modern Material Culture

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King’s College London is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for the study of medieval history, with particular expertise in the study of Anglo-Saxon England, Britain in the central Middle Ages and early medieval Europe, recently strengthened by the arrival of new members of staff.

Medieval History academic staff in the Department of History:
  • Professor David Carpenter Medieval Britain; Henry III; Westminster Abbey; Magna Carta
  • Professor Julia Crick Medieval palaeography; Medieval perceptions of the past
  • Dr Serena Ferente Late Medieval & Renaissance Italy; Gender & the State; Political Thought
  • Professor Peter Heather Late Roman Empire & Successor States; Barbarian Hordes.
  • Dr Alice Rio Medieval Europe; Frankish Kingdoms; Slavery & unfreedom; Legal practice & texts
  • Dr Alexandra Sapoznik Medieval economic and social history; Rural and agrarian history
  • Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos Late Antique & Byzantine History; Medicine
  • Dr Alice Taylor Law and legal compilations; Medieval Scotland

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The history of modern Europe and Britain has always been central to teaching and research at King’s College London. Past members of the department include Sir Michael Howard (who later founded the department of War Studies and went on to be Regius Professor of History at Oxford), Richard Overy (perhaps the most eminent historian of Nazism and the Second World War in the English-speaking world) and Miles Taylor (now director of the Institute of Historical Research).

Modern History academic staff in the Department of History:
  • Dr Jennifer Alhehenger Modern and contemporary Chinese social, cultural, and legal history
  • Dr James Bjork Social history of religion in Modern Europe; Nationalism
  • Professor Carl Bridge Australian domestic politics, diplomacy and military decision-making
  • Professor Arthur Burns Religion & Politics in Modern Britain; Hanoverian period; Church of England & Clergy
  • Dr Lucy Delap British history since 1840; Gender history 
  • Professor David Edgerton History and historiography of twentieth-century Britain; Global histories of technology and production
  • Dr Caitjan Gainty History of medicine; American 20th century cultural history
  • Professor Stephen Lovell Cultural and Social History of 19th and 20th century Russia
  • Dr Dan Matlin American intellectual and cultural history; Ideas of race
  • Professor Ian McBride Northern Ireland since 1920
  • Professor David McLean Economic & Diplomatic History of Modern Britain; Education; Medicine
  • Dr Niall O'Flaherty The Intellectual History of Britain in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; European Political Ideas
  • Dr Paul Readman Modern British political & cultural history; Patriotism; Landscape history; Electoral politics
  • Dr Michael Rowe French Revolution & Napoleon; France & Germany; State formation
  • Dr Simon Sleight Australian history and the Australian community in Britain; The history of children and young people
  • Dr Sarah Stockwell End of Empire, 20th century British Empire & Commonwealth
  • Dr David Todd French and British imperial history, 18th-20th century
  • Mr AbdoolKarim Vakil 19th & 20th century Portugal; nationalism & identity politics
  • Professor Richard Vinen 20th century France; Modern Europe & Britain; Thatcher
  • Dr Jon Wilson Modern history of South Asia
  • Dr Abigail Woods The science, practice and policy of animal health and welfare
  • Dr Reza Zia-Ebrahimi Nationalism and race in Iran 1860-1940

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King’s College London is internationally famous as a centre for the study of world history. The Department of History at King’s has the most comprehensive coverage of the history of the European seaborne empires of any university in the United Kingdom, including leading scholars of the British, Portuguese, French, Spanish, and Dutch empires. It also has key figures in the study of South Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and two historians of Australia. Its Rhodes professorship of Imperial history is the second oldest endowed chair for the study of imperial and global history in the Anglophone world and the Charles Boxer professorship is Britain’s most distinguished chair in the history of the Portuguese empire.

World History academic staff in the Department of History:
  • Dr Jennifer Altehenger Modern and contemporary Chinese social, cultural, and legal history
  • Professor Francisco Bethencourt Racism in the Atlantic World; Portuguese-speaking world; European Expansion
  • Professor Carl Bridge 20th-century Australian history; Political, diplomatic & military history
  • Professor Richard Drayton Empires; Transnational history; Atlantic history; The Caribbean; Decolonisation
  • Professor David Edgerton Global histories of technology and production
  • Dr Max Edling American founding; United States early republic
  • Dr Caitjan Gainty American 20th century cultural history
  • Dr Toby Green West Africa & the Atlantic World (16th-17th centuries); Slavery; Creolization
  • Dr Dan Matlin American intellectual and cultural history; Ideas of race
  • Dr Simon Sleight Australian history and the Australian community in Britain; The history of children and young people
  • Dr Sarah Stockwell End of Empire; 20th century Commonwealth; 20th century colonial Africa
  • Dr David Todd French & British imperial history; Political economy; Impact of the world on Europe since 1500
  • Dr Jon Wilson Modern South Asia; The Indian State; South Asia; Bangladesh; Empire & Political Thought
  • Dr Reza Zia-Ebrahimi Nationalism and race in Iran 1860-1940

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Interests:
  • Nineteenth and twentieth Century Portuguese Intellectual and Cultural History
  • Nationalism, Identity politics, colonialism, postcolonialism
  • Islam, Muslims, Muslim politics
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+44 (0) 20 7848 1020
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  • Intellectual history of Western Europe, c.1650-1850
  • Early modern and modern European Jewish history
  • The politics of Jewish history and memory
  • The history of friendship
  • Religion and radical political thought
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020 7848 1775
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  • Social and economic history of late antique and early medieval Europe
  • Frankish kingdoms under the Merovingians and Carolingians
  • Legal practice and legal texts
  • Slavery and unfreedom between the 4th and the 11th centuries
  • Women and gender
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+44 (0)20 7848 1228
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  • 17th- and 18th-century European social and cultural history
  • The Netherlands and Francophone culture
  • Print culture and the culture of collecting
  • The interaction of society, art and science
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020 7848 1085
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  • Religion and Politics in Modern Britain
  • Reform in the late Hanoverian period
  • Institutional history of the Church of England and its Clergy
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020 7848 1087
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  • Intersections between Australian domestic politics, diplomacy and military decision-making, particularly during two world wars and the cold war
  • Setting Australian history in its comparative context, particularly as part of the imagined ‘British world’ from the 1880s to the 1960s
  • The social history of Australians in the United Kingdom
  • Carl Bridge has published extensively on Australia’s relations with Britain, the United States and New Zealand
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020 7848 7392
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  • English social, economic, architectural, military and political history in the thirteenth century
  • Medieval Britain
  • Henry III
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Magna Carta
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020 7848 1088
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Interests:
  • Economic History and Diplomatic History of Modern Britain
  • Military and naval history in the 18th- and 19th-centuries
  • Educational development in 19th-century British schools
  • History of Medicine
     
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020 7848 1022
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  • French and British imperial history, 18th-20th century
  • Political economy since 1700
  • The impact of the world on Europe since 1500
  • The Mediterranean in the 19th century
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020 7848 1876
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Interests:
• Late Antique and Byzantine History
• History of medicine
• Charity and the cult of remembrance
• Poverty and social stratification.
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+44 (0)20 7848 1596
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Interests:
  • European Expansion (15th-19th centuries)
  • History of Civil Rights in the World
  • Religious History and the Inquisition
  • Cultural Exchange in the Iberian World
  • Identities in the Portuguese speaking World
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020 7848 1827
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  • 18th-century Ireland
  • Intellectual History and Cultural History of Early Modern Britain and Ireland
  • Northern Ireland since 1920
  • Collective memories and commemorations in Irish culture
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020 7848 1118
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  • The social history of religion in modern Europe
  • History of nationalism
  • Supranational identifications in modern Central Europe, especially Germany and Poland
 
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020 7848 1994
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  • Modern South Asia, particularly politics, governance and political economy
  • The Indian State
  • Land and Agrarian Society in South Asia
  • Bangladesh
  • Empire and the HIstory of Political Thought
  • Philosophies of Modernity
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020 7848 1081
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  • History of women, gender and sexuality in early modern England
  • Early modern social and cultural history
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Crime and the law
  • London
  • Popular culture
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020 7848 1041
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  • Religious, political and cultural history of the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries
  • Reformation and Catholic Reformation in England and Europe
  • Religion and Society in Early Modern England
  • Henry VIII
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020 7848 1122
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Interests:
  • Continental Europe in the era spanning the French Revolution and Napoleonic period (c.1780-1830)
  • State formation and nationalism in the ‘long’ 19th-century (1789-1914)
  • The history of modern France and Germany
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020 7848 1080
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  • 18th- and 19th-century social, religious and scientific thought in Britain with particular reference to Thomas Robert Malthus and Charles Darwin
  • 18th- and 19th-century Britain
  • European Political Ideas in the Enlightenment
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020 7848 1122
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niall.o'flaherty@kcl.ac.uk
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  • The Cultural and Political History of Modern Britain
  • Patriotism and national identities
  • History of the British landscape, preservationism
  • Electoral politics
  • The ‘Land Question’ in modern Britain 
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020 7848 1573
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Interests:
  • Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages: c. 200-800 AD
  • Barbarians and the Roman Empire
  • Late Antique historiography
  • Legal sources and the social history of dispute settlement
  • The late & post-Roman development of the Christian Church, everything from Popes to ascetics
  • States and their operations
  • Vikings & Slavs
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020 7848 1086
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  • How empires shape economy, society, politics, and culture at both their centres and peripheries
  • How ideas and sensibility have a Weberian long durée, and how, reciprocally, material facts - in particular nature, technology, and economy - order culture and feeling
  • The British Empire (from Tudor expansion to decolonisation), and the impact of imperial expansion on the British isles
  • French expansion and its impact on economy and society (c. 1500-1850)
  • Global and transnational History, in particular Atlantic history
  • The History of the Caribbean, in particular its intellectual life (both elite and ‘from below’) since 1800
  • Anti-colonial movements in the Twentieth Century
  • Imperialism after Decolonisation, in particular the neo-imperial moment (since c. 1990)
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020 7848 1076
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  • Twentieth Century France, specifically Vichy France (1940-1944) and the Fourth Republic (1944-1958)
  • The Algerian war of 1954-1962
  • The pan-European protest movement of 1968
  • The social and political aspects of British history throughout the period since the Second World War, particularly Thatcher and Thatcher’s Britain
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020 7848 2051
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Interests:
  • End of Empire, 20th-century British Empire and Commonwealth
  • 20th-century colonial Africa 
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020 7848 1042
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  • Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
  • Women, Gender and the State
  • Late Medieval and Renaissance Political Thought
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020 7848 2014
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  • Cultural and Social History of 19th and 20th century Russia
  • Stephen Lovell would welcome applications from research students interested in working on any aspect of Russian history, 1750 to the present
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020 7848 2667
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Interests:
  • West Africa and the Atlantic World (16th-17th Centuries)
  • Trans-Saharan and Trans-Atlantic Diasporas
  • Atlantic Slavery
  • Creolization
  • New Christians in Europe, the Americas and West Africa
  • Iberian Empires and Institutions in their Global Setting 
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020 7848 1741
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