Emeritus Lecturer in History
I joined the QMUL School of History in 1976, after three years as a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Originally appointed to teach American history, I have since developed and taught a wide range of courses in cultural, economic, and especially in political, history, involving three continents. Most recently I have established a module on Modern China.
My research interests inlude: nineteenth, and early twentieth-century, British political history, and also French political history during the same period.
Outside college, my main academic responsibility has been the organisation of the annual Gladstone Conference, at the former prime minister’s home at Hawarden.
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in
- nineteenth and early-twentieth British political history
- nineteenth and early-twentieth French political history
- ‘Disraeli’s Novels: religion and identity’, Studies in Church History, vol. 48, edit. P. Clark & C. Methuen (Boydells, 2012)
- ‘Gladstone’s Fourth Administration, 1892-1894’, Gladstone Centenary Essays, edit. D. Bebbington & R. Swift (Liverpool University Press, 2000)
- The Age of Upheaval: Edwardian Politics, 1899-1914 (MUP, 1995)
- The Destruction of Lord Rosebery: from the diary of Sir Edward Hamilton, 1894-1895 (Historians Press, 1986)
- ‘Gladstone and Midlothian: the background to the first campaign’, Scottish Historical Review (1985)