Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


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Professor David Andress

  • Qualifications: D.Phil (York), F.R.Hist.S, FHEA
  • Role Title: Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Modern History
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2204
  • Email: david.andress@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


As a researcher, my main interest has always lain with the French Revolution, and with the complex ways in which succeeding generations of historians have sought to co-opt or condemn its relationship to European modernity. My own work has evolved from an initial concern to reposition the agency of non-elite subjects in this process (culminating in my book, The French Revolution and the People, 2004), towards two further strands of analysis. The first concerns itself with the absences and hypocrisies attendant on violence, and especially ‘popular violence’ in revolutionary circumstances, and formed part of the discussion in my book The Terror (2005), as well as some ongoing more specific work. The second involves an attempt to grapple with the complex resonances of cultural change in the decades before 1789, and their potential shaping influence, as ‘cultural forms’, on the mental apparatus of people attempting to construct, and live through, the ‘political processes’ of revolutionary modernity.

Research Interests

Research Clusters

  • Social and Cultural History

Discipline Areas

  • History


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  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship, £21000
  • British Academy; Overseas Conference Grant, October 2005, £500.
  • British Academy; Overseas Conference Grant, March 2001.
  • Scouloudi Foundation; grant for support of monograph publication, 2000.
  • Humanities Research Board of the British Academy; Research Grant, £1,965, for archival research, completed summer 1999.