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Department of History

Durham is a leading British centre for the study of History, ranked as the top UK History Department by the Complete University Guide in 2015 and by the Times and Sunday Times in 2013 and 2014, and second by the Guardian University Guide in 2015. Our research expertise and teaching provision extends from the early medieval to recent times, from Britain and Europe (including Russia), to America, Africa and China, and across social, cultural, gender, visual, political and economic history.

One of the seven departments which make up the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and located in the historic heart of Durham, the History Department is close to the World Heritage site of Cathedral and Castle. The University has excellent libraries, with archives and book collections of international significance and which provide access to a huge range of online resources, making us a perfect choice for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.


Events at the History Department

Annual Discussion Group Conference: Is history repeating itself? Continuity and change since 1600

31st May 2012, 09:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College

The idea that history is built up of continuously repeating patterns is an old cliché still prominent in popular culture, but how valid is it in the field of historical research? Conflicts of different types, whether military or ideological, certainly seem to persist, yet since the beginnings of the early modern period the world has experienced drastic change - colonisation, industrialisation, and globalisation. Such transitions have shaped the world culturally, economically and socially, though some broad structures - for instance, Great Britain - have held their form in some sense. Considering the upheavals of the modern period, can we still claim that history repeats itself? Is this idea of any use to historians?

If you would like to attend please send your name to Lindsay Varner.  For more information, the themes of the conference, and the conference schedule, see here.

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Contact Details

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tel: +44 (0)191 334 1040
fax: +44 (0)191 334 1041

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