My fascination with political history is a life-long interest. As an undergraduate I started to investigate what political parties stand for, how they communicate with voters and how policies are created. When I decided on the topic for my doctorate I chose the Edwardian Liberal Party and its involvement with the issue of land reform because this represented a way of exploring all these issues and linking them with the crucial question of whether the Liberal Party was already in decline before World War One, or was destroyed by political developments during the war. I have now published four books on Edwardian politics and my interest in the field is still as strong as ever. But pre-First World War Britain was also an era when the links between politics and literature were especially strong and this has led to my own increasing fascination with bringing together the study of political history and of novels and poetry.
Programme Leader for the MA in Historical Studies Co-convenor Humanities Research Seminar Series
Modern British political history and the links between literature and history.