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History research

History Department icon The History Research Group at Kingston has established itself as one of the University's leading research areas enjoying an international reputation for high quality historical research. Research strengths centre upon post-1750 British, continental European, American and African history, and the history of ideas.

Specific areas of staff research expertise include:

  • culture and society in 18th century Britain
  • the British empire
  • British political thought
  • the French Revolution and French political thought
  • German history in the 19th century
  • the history of medicine
  • gender and family history
  • the history of labour and workers
  • Fascism and contemporary right-wing extremism
  • African history in the 20th century

Please see also our research students page.

History Department icon The Centre promotes collaborative research and knowledge exchange between historians, archivists, curators, heritage providers and the public.

The CHR aims to:

  • Develop scholarly and public understanding of the importance, method, and philosophy of historical record keeping;
  • Disseminate information about research into historical records wherever located;
  • Produce recognised training for and a pathway into doctoral research;
  • Provide a stimulating environment for MA provision in Archives and Public History;
  • Facilitate dialogue and collaborative projects among HE researchers and libraries, museums, archives and heritage sites within the London area;
  • Provide expertise in the use of different historical research methods, including local history, prosopography, oral history and genealogical research;
  • Offer management of digitisation projects and advice on the use of digital resources in research projects; and
  • Ensure the widest dissemination of knowledge and research findings through publications, conferences, seminars and other public events.

History Department iconCentred around the concept of the 'cultural text', the group includes scholars from the fields of literature, film, media, history, music, dance, performance, and journalism, who are brought together by a shared interest in the way in which narratives written, visual, and performative shape and have shaped individual and communal experience, material culture, and everyday life. The group is concerned both by how these diverse narratives describe cultural identities, and the contribution they make to how such identities are formed, engaging both with the role of the cultural text and the conditions of its production.

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