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Dr Barbara Crosbie

Assistant Professor (Early Modern Social History) in the Department of History

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Barbara specialises in British social and cultural history, with a particular interest in age relations. A monograph due to be published in May 2020 investigates generational transition in eighteenth-century England, looking at how experiences of age were enmeshed with perceptions of gender, rank, and place, and the extent to which these conflated social categories influenced attitudes towards concepts of authenticity, nationhood, patriarchy, domesticity, and progress. Two current projects look at the use of domestic space over the life course and the longevity of sibling relationship. Her future research plans are focused on youth culture and the concept of ‘youthquakes’, and will investigate the part age relations played in the construction of identities in the British Empire c.1760-1820, with specific reference to gender, class, race, nationhood, and locality. 

Barbara is Book Review Editor for Continuity and Change and is also the convenor of the Social History Society Life Cycle Strand. 

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Interests

  • Age relations, life cycle, youth transition
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Household and family
  • Print culture, education, geo-social relations, popular politics


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Crosbie, Barbara & Green, Adrian (2018). The Economy and Culture in North-East England, 1500-1800. Boydell Press.

Journal Article

  • Crosbie, Barbara (2013). Anne Fisher's New Grammar: Textbooks and Teaching in Eighteenth-Century Newcastle Upon Tyne. LXXIV: 49-65.
  • Crosbie, Barbara (2011). Half-Penny Ballads and the Soundscape of Eighteenth-Century Electioneering. Publishing History LXX: 9-31.