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‘The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.’ L.P. Hartley

Studying history involves adventure. The historian must move from their own space and time into another, where people behave in unfamiliar ways and according to conventions that can be difficult to discern. To be a historian is to embrace the challenge of understanding a different world, meeting it on its own terms, studying it closely, tracing continuities and explaining change, finding points of vantage to make sense of the whole.

At Southampton, we are committed to the mission of exploring the past. As world-class researchers, we are all actively engaged in the generation of new knowledge about human societies across global space, from the era of Greek antiquity to the recent “war on terror”. As your teachers, we will provide you with orientation, the skills needed to navigate these worlds and regular guidance along the way, to the point that – by the end of your time with us – you will be able, with confidence, to pioneer your own trails. Through adventures we find out a good deal about ourselves. Through encounters with the past, our own present society comes more crisply into focus. We are excited to contribute to your development as independent learners, citizens, and historians. 

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Themes

Our research themes span a vast range, from the history of empires to gender and sexuality.

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Our Staff

View a list of our staff members and their academic profiles

Historical Periods

Find out which members of staff specialise in a specific historical period.

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Ancient

Subjects include Rome and its empire, the Greek world, the origins of Christianity
Dr Annelies Cazemier, Professor Dan Levene, Professor Sarah Pearce, Dr Louise Revell, Dr Alan Ross, Dr Helen Spurling, Dr Lena Wahlgren-Smith

Medieval

Subjects include The Crusades, the Angevin empire, The Hundred Years War
Dr Rémy Ambühl, Professor Peter Clarke, Dr Pierre Courroux, Professor Anne Curry, Dr Nicholas Karn, Dr Andy King, Dr Nicholas KingwellDr Craig Lambert, Dr Lena Wahlgren-Smith, Professor Chris Woolgar

Early Modern

Subjects include Henry VII and The Tudors, the English civil wars, the East India company
Professor G W Bernard, Dr Julie Gammon, Professor Maria Hayward, Dr John McAleer, Professor Christer Petley, Professor Mark Stoyle

Modern

Subjects include The British empire, the Russian Revolution, Nazi Germany and Vichy France
Dr David Cox, Professor David Brown, Dr Eve Colpus, Dr Jonathan Conlin, Professor Mark Cornwall, Dr Jennifer Craig-Norton, Dr Hormoz Ebrahimnejad, Dr Elisabeth Forster, Dr George Gilbert, Professor Neil Gregor, Professor Tony Kushner, Dr Mark Levene, Dr Claire Le Foll, Dr John McAleer, Dr Jane McDermid, Dr Pritipuspa Mishra, Dr Christopher Prior, Professor Joachim Schlör, Dr Katalin Straner, Dr Joan Tumblety, Professor Chris Woolgar

Contemporary

Subjects include the Cold war, the Holocaust, the War on Terror
Dr Elisabeth Forster, Professor Shirli Gilbert, Dr Alexander Ferguson, Dr Chris Fuller, Dr Jonathan Hunt, Professor Kendrick Oliver, Professor Adrian Smith, Professor Ian Talbot, Dr Charlotte Riley, Dr Eleanor Quince

Places

Find out which geographical areas are covered by our research staff

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Britain and Ireland

Professor G W Bernard, Professor David Brown, Dr Eve Colpus, Dr Jonathan Conlin, Professor Anne Curry, Dr Julie Gammon, Professor Maria Hayward, Dr Nicholas Karn, Dr Andy King, Dr Craig Lambert, Professor Tony Kushner, Dr John McAleer, Dr Jane McDermid, Dr Christopher Prior, Dr Louise Revell, Dr Charlotte Riley, Professor Mark Stoyle, Professor Adrian Smith, Dr Lena Wahlgren-Smith, Professor Chris Woolgar

Europe

Dr Rémy Ambühl, Dr Annelies Cazemier, Professor Peter Clarke, Dr Pierre Courroux, Professor Anne Curry, Dr Nicholas Karn, Dr Andy King, Professor Mark Cornwall, Professor Neil Gregor, Dr Claire Le Foll, Professor Sarah Pearce, Dr Louise Revell, Dr Alan Ross, Professor Joachim Schlör, Dr Joan Tumblety, Dr Lena Wahlgren-Smith

Asia

Dr Annelies Cazemier, Dr Elisabeth Forster, Dr Pritipuspa Mishra, Professor Sarah Pearce, Dr Alan Ross, Dr Helen Spurling, Professor Ian Talbot, Dr Lena Wahlgren-Smith

Africa

Dr Annelies Cazemier, Professor Dan Levene, Professor Sarah Pearce, Dr Christopher Prior, Dr Alan Ross, Dr Helen Spurling,

The Americas and Caribbean

Dr Alexander Ferguson, Dr Chris Fuller, Dr Jonathan Hunt, Professor Kendrick Oliver, Professor Christer Petley, Professor Adrian Smith

History research

History is closely associated with four research centres based in Humanities:

Outstanding academics

Our academics are leaders in their discipline and span a range of research interests.  

Postgraduate

Postgraduate opportunities

History offers a wide range of stimulating and innovative courses for postgraduate students covering topics from antiquity to the contemporary world.

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World Leading Research

We are ranked among leading Universities in the UK for the study of History and are in the top 3 for the quality of our research (REF 2014): our students work with world-leading researchers.

11 May 2017

ORT Marks Graduate Outreach Fellowships

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31 October 2016

Medieval Swansea project shortlisted for n...

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24 March 2016

Avenue campus gets a multi-million pound m...

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