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Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Ben Dodds

Senior Lecturer in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41058

(email at benjamin.dodds@durham.ac.uk)

Ben Dodds has worked mainly on English medieval economic and social history, researching in particular the way in which peasants responded to the dramatic demographic, commercial and social changes of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. He is also pursuing questions concerning the representation of traditional rural societies in Spain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current project is an examination of stories about bandits which circulated in modern Spain. The bandit became an ambiguous symbol of Spanish nationhood, at once the epitome of Spanish martial virtue and a national embarrassment. This meant he (and occasionally she) was used in very different ways by different writers, and stories about bandits can tell us a lot about how Spaniards thought about themselves and their country.

Areas of Postgraduate Supervision

Economic and social change in the middle ages, especially relating to the records of Durham Cathedral Priory

Research Interests

  • Medieval economic and social history

Selected Publications

Books: authored

Edited essays

Essays in edited volumes

  • 2010 'La dîme: production et commercialisation en Angleterre au Moyen Âge', in R. Viader (ed.), La dîme dans l'Europe médiévale et moderne: Actes des XXXes Journées Internationales d'Histoire de l'Abbaye de Flaran 3 et 4 octubre 2008, Presses Universitaires du Mirail, pp. 89-99.
  • 2008 'Output and productivity: common themes and regional variations', in B. Dodds & R.H. Britnell (eds.), Agriculture and Rural Society after the Black Death: Common Themes and Regional Variations, University of Hertfordshire Press, pp. 73-88
  • 2008 'Patterns of decline: arable production in England, France and Castile, 1370-1450', in B. Dodds & R.H. Britnell (eds.), Agriculture and Rural Society after the Black Death: Common Themes and Regional Variations, University of Hertfordshire Press, pp. 113-31
  • 2007 'Población y recursos: crisis de subsistencia y desarrollo económico en Inglaterra y Castilla durante la Edad Media', in H.R Oliva Herrer & P. Benito i Monclús (eds.), Crisis de Subsistencia y Crisis Agrarias en la Edad Media, Universidad de Sevilla: Secretariado de Publicaciones, pp. 111-124
  • 2005 'Peasants and production between the Tyne and Tees', in C.D. Liddy & R.H. Britnell (eds.), North-east England in the Late Middle Ages, Boydell & Brewer, pp. 180-195

Journal papers: academic

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Teaching Areas

  • Medieval peasantry
  • Robin Hood
  • The Black Death