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Professor Philip Williamson
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Philip Williamson is an historian both of politics in twentieth-century Britain, and aspects of religion and the monarchy in Britain and the British empire since the seventeenth century. His publications on interwar British politics, political culture and government have ranged across the Labour, Liberal and Conservative parties, trade unions and big business, and financial, economic and imperial policies. He also has research work on Christianity and politics in the 1930s, the modern British monarchy and public values, and national acts of public worship since the 1830s. He is principal investigator and chief editor – with Natalie Mears and Stephen Taylor – for the AHRC-funded Durham project on ‘British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings’ in three volumes, and has a Leverhulme major research fellowship for work on the monarchy and religion in the British Isles since 1689.
- British politics and government 1900-1960
- The British state, religion and public values since 1830
- The churches and national worship in the United Kingdom and the Empire since 1688
- The modern British monarchy
- The City of London and government since 1850
British politics and policy from 1880 to 1960
the British monarchy and religion since 1688
- Historical thought 1700-1800
- Williamson, Philip (1999). Stanley Baldwin. Conservative Leadership and National Values. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Williamson, P (1992). National Crisis and National Government. British Politics, the Economy and Empire 1926-1932. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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- Philip Williamson (2010). Maurice Cowling and modern British political history. In Philosophy, Politics and Religion in British Democracy: Maurice Cowling and Conservatism. Robert Crowcroft, S.J.D. Green & Richard Whiting London: I.B. Tauris. 108-152.
- Philip Williamson (2010). The Conservative party, fascism and anti-fascism 1918-1939. In Varieties of Anti-fascism. Britain in the Inter-war Period. Nigel Copsey & Andzrej Olechnowicz Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 73-97.
- Williamson, P. (2007). The monarchy and public values, 1910–1953. In The Monarchy and the British Nation, 1780 to the Present. Andrzej Olechnowicz Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 223-257.
- (2004). ‘Margaret Bondfield’, ‘William Bridgeman’, ‘James Cecil, fourth marquess of Salisbury’, ‘Charles Cripps, first baron Parmoor’, ‘William Graham’, ‘Sir Ernest Harvey’, ‘Robert Horne’, Sir Donald Maclean’, ‘Montagu Norman’, ‘Ian Percy, eighth duke of Northumberland’, ‘Lord Eustace Percy’, ‘Vivian Phillipps’, ‘Noel Skelton’, ‘J.H. Thomas’. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
- Williamson. P. A. (2004). The City of London and government in modern Britain: debates and politics. In The British Government and the City of London in the Twentieth Century. Ranald Michie & Philip Williamson Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 5-30.
- Williamson, Philip (2003). The Conservative party 1900-1939: from crisis to ascendancy. In A Companion to Early Twentieth-Century Britain. Wrigley, Chris Oxford: Blackwell. 3-22.
- Williamson, P. (1993). The doctrinal politics of Stanley Baldwin: essays in British history presented to Maurice Cowling. In Public and Private Doctrine. Michael Bentley Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 181-208.
- Williamson, P (1984). Financiers, the gold standard, and British politics 1925-1931. In Businessmen and Politics: Studies of Business Activity in British Politics, 1900-1945. John Turner London: Heinemann. 105-129.
- Williamson, Philip, Raffe, Alasdair, Taylor, Stephen & Mears, Natalie (2017). National Prayers: Special Worship since the Reformation. Volume 2: General Fasts, Thanksgivings and Special Prayers in the British Isles, 1689-1870. Church of England Record Society/Boydell.
- Mears, N, Alasdair Raffe, Williamson, P & Taylor, S (2013). National Prayers: Special Worship since the Reformation. Volume 1: Special Prayers, Fasts and Thanksgivings in the British Isles, 1533-1688. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Church of England Record Society.
- Williamson, P. & Baldwin, Edward (2004). Baldwin Papers. A Conservative Statesman 1908-1947. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Philip Williamson & Ranald Michie (2004). The British Government and the City of London in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge University Press.
- Williamson, P. (1988). The Modernisation of Conservative Politics: The Diaries and Letters of William Bridgeman 1904-1935. London: Historians' Press.
- Hardwick, Joseph & Williamson, Philip (2018). ‘Special worship in the British Empire: from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries’. The Church and Empire (Studies in Church History) 54: 260-280.
- Williamson, Philip (2013). National days of prayer: the churches, the state and public worship in Britain 1899-1957. English Historical Review 128(531): 324-366.
- Philip Williamson (2008). State prayers, fasts and thanksgivings: public worship in Britain 1830–1897. Past and Present 200(1): 121-174.
- Williamson, P. (2004). Baldwin's reputation: politics and history, 1937-1967. Historical Journal 47(1): 127-168.
- Williamson, P (2000). Christian Conservatives and the totalitarian challenge 1933-40. English Historical Review 115(462): 607-642.
- Williamson, Philip (1991). 1931 revisited. The political realities. Twentieth Century British History 2(3): 328-338.
- Williamson, P (1991). The Labour party and the House of Lords 1918-1931. Parliamentary History 10(2): 317-341.
- Williamson, P (1984). A ''bankers' ramp''? Financiers and the British political crisis of August 1931. English Historical Review 99(393): 771-806.
- Williamson, P (1983). 'Party first and India second': the appointment of the Viceroy of India in 1930. Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research 56(133): 86-101.
- Williamson, P (1982). 'Safety First': Baldwin, the Conservative party, and the 1929 general election. Historical Journal 25(2): 385-409.
- 2016: Royalty and religion in the British Isles since 1689 (£127569.00 from The Leverhulme Trust)
- 2007: BRITISH STATE PRAYERS, FASTS AND THANKSGIVINGS (£330172.14 from Arts and Humanities Research Council)