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.
Susan-Mary Grant, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: Civil War Soldier, Supreme Court Justice (New York: Routledge, 2016).
David Saunders, 'Icebreakers in Anglo-Russian Relations (1914-21)' International History Review, Vol. 38, No. 1 (January 2016), pp. 814-829.
Robert Dale, '"No longer normal”: Traumatized Red Army Veterans in Post-war Leningrad', in Peter Leese and Jason Crouthamel (eds),Traumatic Memories of the Second World War and After (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp. 119-141.
Robert Dale, '"Being a Real Man": Masculinities in Soviet Russia during and after the Great Patriotic War', in Corina Peniston-Bird and Emma Vickers (eds), Gender and the Second World War: The Lessons of War. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp. 116-134.
Susan-Mary Grant, 'Disembodied Identities: Civil War Soldiers, Surgeons, and the Medical Memories of Combat', in David Seed et al (eds), Life and Limb: Perspectives on the American Civil War (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015), pp. 80-92.
Susan-Mary Grant, 'Civil War Cybernetics: Medicine, Modernity, and the Intellectual Mechanics of Union', in Lorien Foote and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (eds),'So Conceived and So Dedicated': Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era North (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015) pp. 41-63.
Robert Dale, Demobilized Veterans in Late Stalinist Leningrad: Soldiers to Civilians (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).
Robert Dale, ‘Divided we Stand: Cities, Social Unity and Post-War Reconstruction in Soviet Russia, 1945–1953’, Contemporary European History, Vol. 24, No 4 (November 2015), pp. 493-516.
Rachel Hammersley (ed.), Revolutionary Moments: Reading Revolutionary Texts(London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015).
Gwenda Morgan and Peter Rushton, 'Arson, Treason and Plot: Britain, America and the Law 1770-1777', History, Vol. 100, Issue 341 (2015), pp. 374-91.
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 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 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
Emeritus Professor David Saunders
Dr Felix Schulz
Senior Lecturer in Mod European History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6466
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'
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'
Rebuilding Socialism: The Reconstruction of the Soviet Union and its Official Ideology through the Lens of Post-War Published Sources
Dr Rob Dale has been awarded a AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellowship to spend three months between July and September 2018 researching at the Library of Congress in Washington DC on a project entitled 'Rebuilding Socialism: The Reconstruction of the Soviet Union and its Official Ideology through the Lens of Post-War Published Sources'.
The project seeks to build on Dr Dale’s previous work on the post-war reconstruction of the Soviet Union, and the transition from war to peace in the late Stalinist period (1945–1953). Historians have long examined the Great Patriotic War’s profound effects upon Stalinism. In the wake of war, Soviet citizens anticipated that wartime sacrifice would be rewarded by the advent of a more responsive system. Hopes of reform, however, quickly turned to disappointment as the Stalinist system reversed wartime compromises. The project explores how the Soviet Union’s physical infrastructure was rebuilt in the wake of the Great Patriotic War, by a re-examination of Soviet published sources, particularly newspapers and official ideological journals. Physical reconstruction proceeded in parallel with the political, social, ideological and cultural re-imposition of Stalinism. The project examines the mechanisms by which Soviet propagandists rebuilt socialism on the pages of newspapers and journals published between 1945 and 1955. It examines how the physical reconstruction of Soviet society was connected to a post-war relaunch of socialism. It considers how the social and cultural process of rebuilding cities, towns, and villages, also drew people into the wider ideological and political project. In rebuilding the fabric of urban and rural society, Soviet citizens were also creating the future edifice of Socialism.
Dr Dale will be blogging on the progress of his research during his Fellowship throughout the duration of the award in the summer of 2018 at https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/robertdale/
War, Revolution and Empire in Russian History: A Workshop in Honour of Professor David Saunders.
This Workshop on 10 May is to mark Professor David Saunders’ retirement at the end of this academic year and speaks to some of the key themes that run through his rich and diverse career. Professor David Saunders is amongst the longest serving members of staff in the school of History, Classics and Archaeology (he has been working here since 1979 – that’s 38 years!) and to mark his retirement the school will be holding an afternoon of discussions around these themes. The War, Revolution and Empire workshop details are here.
Workshop: Re-assessing R. I. Moore's Formation of a Persecuting Society (1987)
This event on 15 September intends to celebrate and assess the contemporary relevance of R. I. Moore’s ‘Formation of a Persecuting Society’, first publishes in 1987, for the current historiography of mediaeval and early-modern Europe. The workshop will be divided into four sessions: firstly on the relevance of the concept of a persecuting society in contemporary mediaeval studies; second its impact on the scholarship of early-modern Europe; third on the use of the concept beyond the chronology and geography of the original work; and finally on the legacy of R. I. Moore’s scholarship on the historiography of exclusion, orthodoxy / heterodoxy and identity politics in general. The event celebrates Newcastle's contribution to these fields of scholarship, and the continued importance of a retired member of the School, his contribution to scholarship worldwide, and the impact of his work through translation and adaptation in other contexts than mediaeval history.
Speakers include: Professor R. I. Moore (Newcastle, Emeritus), Professor Mark Pegg (Washington, St Louis), Professor Robin Briggs (Oxford, Emeritus), Professor Mark Greengrass (Sheffield, Emeritus), Dr Julien Théry-Astruc (Lyon II), and Dr Simon Yarrow (Birmingham).
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Rebuilding Socialist cities: Reshaping urban space and life in Soviet Russia after 1943. Dr Robert Dale - Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, 18 November 2016.
On the fighting line: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, the Lochner Era Court, and the Dangers of Dissent. Professor Susan-Mary Grant – Newcastle Law School Seminar, March 2016.
Rebuilding the Socialist City: Urban Reconstruction in the Soviet Warzone after 1943. Dr Robert Dale - Reconstruction and Resettlement in the Wake of War: Global Perspectives from the Nineteenth Century to the Present – Workshop at Trinity College Dublin, 26/27 February 2016.
The Kindness of Strangers: Soldiers, Surgeons, Civilians and the New Intimacies of the Battlefield in the American Civil War. Professor Susan-Mary Grant - Intimacies and Spaces Workshop – Passions of War Project – Leicester University, 19-20 February.
The Reconstruction of Soviet Russia after the Great Patriotic War: Rural Housing, Soviet Subprime, and Landscapes of Memory. Dr Robert Dale – War, Society and Culture Seminar – Institute for Historical Research, London, 27 January 2016.
An Appealingly Eerie Happenstance: Links between North-East England and Russia in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. Professor David Saunders – Keynote Lecture – Study Group on the Russian Revolution XLII Annual Conference (Northumbria University), 7 January 2016.
The contraband’s death is more miserable than her life: Death, Disease and Domesticity in the Civil War South. David Bruce Centre Colloquium, The Civil War and Slavery Keele University, October 2015.
Universal Yankee Nation: Securing the Soldiers’ State in Nineteenth-Century America. Professor Susan-Mary Grant, Remaking North American Sovereignty: Towards a Continental History of State Transformation in the Mid-Nineteenth Century, Conference, Banff Center, Alberta, Canada, July 2015.
(Dis)embodied Identities: Civil War Soldiers, Surgeons and the Medical Memories of Combat. Professor Susan-Mary Grant, Liverpool University/NLM Life and Limb Exhibition Conference, April 2015.