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Conflict and Revolution

Our research focuses on the impact of violent and non-violent conflict on past societies.


The Conflict and Revolution strand draws together researchers from across the School. It links with other schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and beyond.  The strand works to understand conflict and revolution:

  • in myriad ways
  • across historical time and geographic space
  • from a rich variety of disciplinary perspectives, including political, military, medical, gender, national, and emotional history.

Members of the strand have research interests in the many forms that conflict takes. These include international, political, social, religious, ethnic and cultural conflicts. We look at forms of non-violent resistance, their connection to wars and revolutions; we look at the impact of conflicts on human beings, both physical and psychological, from a medical, social, nationaland emotional perspective. 

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Exploring the social and individual impacts of conflict.

The strand is particularly active in exploring the following areas:

  • 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 revolution

Research-led teaching

The themes of conflict, revolution, and violence are integral to many of the School’s team taught modules: for example, at Stage 2 we have two modules that explore the theme of conflict: one on ‘War Wounds and Disability’ and one on ‘Violence in the American South.’ The study of conflict is also a key component of the MA in European History and the MA in History.


Fostering research across the School

There are synergies between this strand's work and other School research strengths. We link in with the Ideas and Belief and the Empires and After research strands.  We foster a stimulating and supportive research environment for developing related projects.  We're keen to offer research supervision in these areas. We provide a home for post-doctoral projects, and visiting scholars.


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