History and Classics

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Classics and Ancient History

Our classicists and ancient historians focus on rhetorical, behavioural and reception histories, including trade and material culture, classical reception, ancient authors and audiences, and gender and violence. They research and publish at the highest levels, shaping academic debates and educating international audiences about some of the most important issues relating to the history of the classical world. 

Brutus: The Noble Conspirator (Yale University Press, 2017)

Kathryn Tempest

Conspirator and assassin, philosopher and statesman, promoter of peace and commander in war, Marcus Brutus (ca. 85–42 BC) was a controversial and enigmatic man even to those who knew him. Kathryn Tempest’s comprehensive and stimulating biography sets aside the myths surrounding the world’s most famous assassin and Brutus emerges from legend, revealed to us more surely than ever before. 

The Rhesus Attributed to Euripides (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Marco Fantuzzi

Marco Fantuzzi's edition of the tragedy Rhesus explores the play as a 'postclassical' tragedy, composed when the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides had become the 'classical' canon. 

The Nero Antichrist: Founding and Fashioning a Paradigm (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Shushma Malik

It has traditionally been assumed that biblical writers considered Nero to be the Antichrist. This book refutes that viewShushma Malik deconstructs the associations often identified by scholars between Nero and the Antichrist in the New Testament. Instead, she demonstrates that the Nero-Antichrist paradigm was a product of late antiquity. 

Medieval and Early Modern History

Our medievalists focus on British and European history, encompassing medieval social and economic history, especially Renaissance Italy and taxation, while our early modern historians work on a range of themes in British and European history including political, religious, cultural and gender history. Their research engages with some of the most high-profile topics in pre-modern history and challenges existing perceptions of the period for both public and academic audiences alike. 

Shakespeare Before Shakespeare: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, and the Elizabethan State (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Glyn Parry & Cathryn Enis

This ground-breaking study of the world of the young William Shakespeare in Stratford and Warwickshire discusses many recent archival discoveries to consider three linked families, the Shakespeares, the Dudleys, and the Ardens, and their battles over regional power and government corruption. Parry and Enis put William Shakespeare’s Stratford upbringing into significant historical context for the first time and provide new ways of thinking about Warwickshire and Elizabethan England.

Loyalty, Memory and Public Opinion in England, 1658-1727 (Manchester University Press, 2019)

Ted Vallance

This book makes an important contribution to the ongoing debate over the emergence of an early modern 'public sphere'. Focusing on the petition-like form of the loyal address, it argues that these texts helped to foster a politically aware public by mapping shifts in the national 'mood'. Covering addressing campaigns from the late-Cromwellian to the early Georgian period, the book explores the production, presentation, subscription and publication of these texts. 

Modern and Contemporary History

Our modern and contemporary historians work across a wide range of topics from war, gender and medicine, to poverty, politics and philosophy. They likewise span a wide geographical range, encompassing the United States, Britain and Ireland, France, Germany, Eastern Europe and Russia. The research and publish at the highest levels on topics of profound social and cultural importance and communicate their findings to a range of public and professional audiences. 


“The Death of Nazism? Investigating Hitler's Remains and Survival Rumours in Post-War Germany” (in Shane McCorristine (ed.) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and its Timings, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Caroline Sharples

Caroline Sharples explores the post-war survival rumours surrounding Adolf Hitler. She questions the social purpose of supposed ‘sightings’ of the former Führer and underscores the ways in which public speculation over his whereabouts fuelled the authorities’ efforts to uncover conclusive, forensic evidence of his death.

Theodore Roosevelt's Ghost: The History and Memory of an American Icon (LSU Press, 2017)

Michael Patrick Cullinane

The winner of the Theodore Roosevelt Association Book Prize, Michael Patrick Cullinane explores the frequent refashioning of this American icon in popular memory in the most comprehensive examination of Roosevelt’s legacy.



The Near Abroad: Socialist Eastern Europe and Soviet Patriotism in Ukraine, 1956-1985 (University of Toronto Press, 2017)

Zbigniew Wojnowski

In The Near Abroad, Zbigniew Wojnowski traces how Soviet Ukrainian identities developed in dialogue and confrontation with the USSR’s neighbours in Eastern Europe. Wojnowski’s analysis illuminates the mental geographies that continue to shape relations and conflicts between Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe to this very day.


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