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Dr David Craig

Associate Professor (Modern British History) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41066

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David Craig’s research interests focus on the political culture and intellectual history of Britain since 1750. His work on the intellectual aftermath of the French Revolution has resulted in Robert Southey and Romantic Apostasy, and he has also published on aspects of the history of republicanism, the monarchy and national character. He is currently working on the evolution and use of the language of 'liberalism' from the late-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century and is also interested in ideas of 'civilisation' and 'development' in this period. An additional research interest concerns the scope and nature of 'political history' as a form of enquiry.

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Interests

  • Ideas of 'civilisation'
  • Politcal thought and intellectual history
  • History of liberalism
  • Political culture in nineteenth-century Britain

Teaching Areas

  • Eighteenth and nineteenth-century British history

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Craig, D.M. (2007). Robert Southey and Romantic Apostasy. Political Argument in Britain, 1780-1840. Woodbridge: Boydell Press.

Edited book

  • David Craig & James Thompson (2013). Languages of Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Palgrave.

Chapter in book

  • Craig, David (2018). Political Ideas and Languages. In The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History, 1800-2000. Brown, David, Crowcroft, Robert & Pentland, Gordon Oxford University Press.
  • Craig, David (2016). Political Ideas and 'Real' Politics. In Interpreting Governance, High Politics, and Public Policy: Essays Commemorating Interpreting British Governance. Turnbull, Nick New York: Routledge. 97-114.
  • Craig, David & Thompson, James (2013). Introduction. In Languages of Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Craig, David & Thompson, James Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 1-20.
  • Craig, David (2013). Statesmanship. In Languages of Politics in Nineteenth Century Britain. Craig, David & Thompson, James Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 44-68.
  • David Craig (2012). Burke and the constitution. In The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke. David Dwan & Christopher J. Insole Cambridge University Press. 104-116.
  • Craig.D. (2007). Bagehot's republicanism. In The Monarchy and the British Nation, 1780 to the Present. Andrzej Olechnowicz Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 139-162.
  • Craig, D.M. (2006). Subservient Talents? Robert Southey as a Public Moralist. In Robert Southey and the Contexts of English Romanticism. Lynda Pratt Aldershot: Ashgate. 101-114.

Journal Article

  • Craig, David (2019). The Language of Liberality in Britain, c.1760-c.1815. Modern Intellectual History 16(3): 771-801.
  • Craig, David (2012). The origins of ‘liberalism’ in Britain: the case of The Liberal. Historical Research 85(229): 469-487.
  • David Craig (2010). 'High politics' and the 'new political history'. Historical Journal 53(2): 453-475.
  • David Craig (2010). Advanced conservative liberalism: party and principle in Trollope's parliamentary novels. Victorian Literature and Culture 38(2): 355-371.
  • (2003). Democracy and 'national character'. History of European Ideas 29: 493-501.
  • Craig, D. M. (2003). The crowned republic? Monarchy and anti-monarchy in Britain, 1760-1901. Historical Journal 46(1): 167-185.
  • Craig, D.M. (2001). 'Queer lodgings': gender and sexuality in The Lord of the Rings. Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society 38: 11-18.

Book review

  • Craig, David (2016). Strange Modernity? Journal of Victorian Culture 21(2): 256-260.

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