Young girls on a march in Eastern Europe

History research

Explore the research we're doing in history

Our history research is vital in shaping our understanding of the present and the future.

By studying how everyday people throughout time have responded to upheaval—and how their experiences, culture, values and activities shaped their identities and behaviour—we can better understand our own society, and how it may change in the future.

Focusing on people in Europe, the Americas, and South East Asia who lived between the 15th and 18th centuries, our early modern history research is looking at their lives and how they made sense of them and formed their identities during a time of incredible change.

We're also studying the complex communities, cultures, and subcultures that are born out of this connection, and the role they play in creating division or unity within society.

Interested in a PhD in History?

Explore our History postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils.

Explore our History research areas of expertise and group

Find out more about our history research – and learn more about our recent projects, the academic and industrial partners with whom we collaborate, and the major funders who fund our work.

Early modern history

We're looking at the lives of people in Europe, between the 15th and 18th centuries, and how they made sense of their lives and formed their identities during a time of incredible change.

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History Research Group

We're researching aspects of social and cultural history in European societies, and further afield.

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