School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Conflict and Revolution


The Conflict and Revolutions strand focuses on instances of violent and non-violent conflict in past societies.

The Conflict and Revolution Research Strand draws together researchers from across the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, and seeks to build links with other schools from within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and beyond.  The strand is dedicated to the understanding of conflict and revolution, in myriad ways, across historical time and geographic space, and from a rich variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Members of the strand are interested in the multiple forms that conflict takes, including international, political, social, religious, ethnic and cultural conflicts as well as forms of non-violent resistance, and their connection to wars and revolutions.

The strand is particularly active in exploring the following areas:

  • the complicated and diverse impacts of conflict and revolution on individuals, states and societies
  • how past societies have represented, responded to, and recovered from violent events
  • the role of ideas and beliefs in provoking, as well as resolving, conflicts and revolutionary situations

These research strengths are also reflected in the teaching on offer in the School.  The themes of Conflict and Revolution are an integral part of many of the School’s Team Taught modules, and are the focus of a number of Second and Third Year Modules.  The study of Conflict, for example, is a key component of the MA in European History, where two thematic, comparative and transnational modules are dedicated to the study of Conflict in European History. 

There are synergies between the work of this strand other areas of research strength within the School, in particular the Ideas and Belief and the Empires and After research strands.  The strand seeks to foster a stimulating and supportive research environment for developing research projects in these fields.  In particular, it is keen to offer Research Supervision in these areas, and provide a home for Post-doctoral projects, and visiting scholars.

A mural at Hopewell Cresent off the CrumlinRoad in Belfast
A mural at Hopewell Crescent off the Crumlin Road, Belfast.



Find out which members of staff and research students are involved in this research theme.

Dr Joan Allen
Senior Lecturer in Modern British History BA PhD FRHS

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6701

Dr Bruce Baker
Lecturer in Modern American History

Telephone: 0191 208 3636

Dr Claire Brewster
Senior Lecturer in Latin American History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5597

Dr Keith Brewster
Senior Lecturer in Latin American History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5080

Dr John Burke
Teaching Assistant

Dr Fergus Campbell
Reader in Social & Cultural History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6694

Dr Sarah Campbell
Lecturer in British/Irish History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7842

Dr Robert Dale
Lecturer in Russian History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7853

Dr Martin Farr
Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary British History

Telephone: office (+44) (0) 191 208 5077; mobile (+44) (0) 7939 227 631

Dr Philip Garrett
Lecturer in Japanese History

Telephone: 85760

Dr James Gerrard
Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5502

Professor Susan-Mary Grant
Prof of American History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8588

Dr Rachel Hammersley
Senior Lecturer in Intellectual History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6698

Dr Violetta Hionidou
Head of History, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5741

Dr Benjamin Houston
Senior Lecturer in Modern US History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7919

Professor Tim Kirk
Professor of European History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5078

Dr Joseph Lawson
Lecturer in Modern Chinese History

Telephone: 0191 208 7848

Dr Gwenda Morgan
Strategic Research Adviser

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5598

Dr Adam Morton
Lecturer in the History of Britain

Telephone: 01912085471

Dr Matt Perry
Reader in Labour History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7977

Dr Felix Schulz
Senior Lecturer in Mod European History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6466

PhD students

Guy Hinton - 'The Representation of War in the North East c. 1856-1910'

Tom Whitfield - 'An Archaeological Analysis of 18th Century Popular Protest and Civil Unrest in Britain' 

Recent graduates

Dr John Burke - 'Britain and the Cyprus Crisis of 1974: Conflict, Colonialism and the Politics of Remembrance' 

Dr Amy Outterside - 'Occupying Puglia- The Italians and the Allies, 1943-1946'