School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr David Hope

Lecturer in 18th Century British History

Background

Introduction

I am primarily an economic historian specialising in the history of British overseas trade circa 1700 to 1830. My research explores the interconnections between global trade, consumption, colonialism, and environmental exploitation. I joined Newcastle University as Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century British History in September 2019, after a one-year postdoctoral position as Economic History Society Anniversary Fellow within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University, and the Institute of Historical Research (School of Advanced Study, University of London).

I am currently writing my first monograph on the subject of the late-eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British Atlantic fur trade. By locating the British fur trade within the wider 'Atlantic World', the book offers new insights into the organisation of overseas trade, the distribution and consumption of global luxuries, and the synergy between environment and empire. 

I completed my doctorate at Northumbria University in 2016, and have taught widely on the history of Britain, Europe, the Americas, and world empires across three UK universities (Newcastle, Northumbria, and Teesside). 

Research Interests
  • Atlantic and Global trade, circa 1700-1830
  • Environment and Empire
  • The 'World of Goods': the circulation, distribution, and consumption of commodities
  • Chartered trading companies, merchants, and business organisation
Education
  • PhD History, Northumbria University
  • MRes History, Northumbria University
  • BA (Hons) History, Northumbria University
Professional Affiliations

Research

Current Research

I am currently working on my first monograph that explores how indigenous peoples, merchants, manufacturers, shopkeepers, and consumers across and beyond the British Atlantic use fur as a source of wealth, warmth, and wonder. From the zenith of the British fur trade at the close of the eighteenth century through to its protracted decline from the early nineteenth century, millions of fur-bearing animals were trapped in North America and their pelts shipped across the Atlantic for sale in the global port of London. By studying the entire commodity chain, from trap to trimming, the book situates the fur trade within the wider Atlantic economy, offering new insights into the organisation of overseas trade, the distribution and consumption of global luxuries, and the synergy between environment and empire.

I am also preparing a journal article that analyses the consumer behaviour of the Hudson's Bay Company's servants as they worked in the sub-arctic climes of North America. These communities provide a novel case study of consumer demand, saving, and spending at the turn of the nineteenth century due to the extensive employment and transaction records in the Hudson's Bay Company's Archives. The article offers new evidence for the presence (and absence) of particular consumer goods across diverse income levels, occupations, and cultural backgrounds, as well as how metropolitan fashions and local customs coalesced on the imperial periphery. 

Awards

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching
  • HIS1025: World Empires (2017/18)
  • HIS1027: Introduction to European History (2016/17)
  • HIS1044: Aspects of British History
  • HIS1046: History of the Americas
  • HIS2031: Between Revolutions: Britain 1688-1789 (Module Leader)
  • HIS3278: The Birth of a Consumer Society? England, 1714-1800 (Module Leader)
Postgraduate Teaching
  • HIS8098: Research Skills and Dissertation Training