Dr Colin Reid
Lecturer in Modern British and Irish History
History of modern Britain and Ireland, history of political thought
+44 (0)114 22 22610 | Jessop West 3.37
One Leave Semester 2 2019/20
I joined the Department of History in February 2017, having previously held posts at the Universities of Oxford, Maynooth and Northumbria. My research and teaching interests lie in exploring the political, cultural and intellectual mentalities at the heart of the British-Irish dilemma from the French Revolution to the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’. I have written on a range of subjects from this perspective, such as federalist political thought in the United Kingdom during the 1870s, constitutional nationalism and the Irish revolutionary period (c.1912-22), divisions within unionism in Northern Ireland, Irish Protestant literary figures in Britain, and legal arguments used to legitimise rebellion in nineteenth-century Ireland.
I am currently working on a book on the history of political thought in Ireland under the Union (1800-1922). This project explores the impact of the Union on mentalities in Ireland, charting the range of particular political languages deplored by contemporaries, and explaining continuities and changes over time. Conflict in Ireland was not simply the result of ancient hatreds: it was sustained by clashing interpretations of decidedly new political concepts. As such, Ireland is an illuminating case-study into how French Revolutionary political ideas such as nationalism, republicanism, popular sovereignty, citizenship, and democracy became localised and assumed competing meanings among different groups during the nineteenth century.
On completion of this research, I’ll commence a new project on democratic and imperial political ideas in the United Kingdom from the Chartists to the First World War. This will centre on how democrats envisaged empire, and how imperialists considered democracy in an age of tempestuous constitutional debate.
I’m very happy to supervise research projects in Irish and/or British history since 1789, particularly those with an interest in political, cultural or intellectual history
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I have developed links with a number of community and non-university groups. I co-convened a two-part conference in 2012 on the centenary of the introduction of the Home Rule bill in association with the National Library of Ireland. More recently, I have worked with the Tyneside Irish Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne to stage history festivals and lectures.
In addition, I have written about a range of historical subjects for a number of blogs, including History Matters (http://www.historymatters.group.shef.ac.uk/), the Conference of Irish Historians 'Alternative 1916' series (http://irishhistoriansinbritain.org/) and the Four Nations History Network (https://fournationshistory.wordpress.com/blog/)
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