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StudentPhD Research FocusPhD Research Summary
Musaed Alezni The Political and Economic Relations between Ayyubids and Mamluks and the Ashraf of Hejaz, 569-923 A.H/ 1171-1517 A.D
Ranjdar Al-Jaf British policy towards the government of the Mosul vilayet from 1916-1926
Aaron Andrews
A History of Urban Decline in Britain: Glasgow and Liverpool, c. 1960-1990
Charlotte Ball The symbolic value of the image of the snake in Anglo-Saxon culture, 700-900

Helen Bates

The impact of John, 2nd Duke of Montagu’s colonial, industrial and commercial ventures on his national estates, with a particular focus on how his Northamptonshire estates were affected (1700-1770)

Richard Bates
Philip Batman A comparison of core family survival in Swaledale and York in the nineteenth century.
Stewart Beale The experience of war widows and orphans in the Midlands during the mid-seventeenth century
Nicola Blacklaws The Twentieth-Century Poor Law in the Midlands and Wales 1900-c.1930

This project examines the nature of the poor law during the twentieth century. With a particular interest in outdoor relief provision, it explores how the poor law functioned ‘on the ground’ on a day-to-day basis. Taking a number of poor law unions as case studies from across the Midlands and Wales, it traces how aspects of local poor law policy changed over time and between regions. It also considers the impact of wider developments on local welfare policy, such as the First World War, the industrial unrest of the 1920s and liberal reforms such as the old age pension.

Elizabeth Blood The construction history of war memorials in Leicestershire and Rutland
Denise Bonnette-Anderson What makes a church or chapel redundant or marked for closure in the modern era in England?
Katie Bridger Expression and the landscape: the Leicestershire gentry, c.1460-c.1540
Jill Caine The migratory patterns of people in four settlements in Lincolnshire, 1851 - 1901 This research involves tracking as many males as possible who were resident in four specified villages - Addlethorpe in the Outer Marsh of Lincolnshire, Burgh let March in the Middle Marsh, Ulceby in the southern Lincolnshire Wolds, and East Ville  in the Fen a Margin. The research uses the events of the wider world (i.e. agricultural depression, industrial revolution, emigration to other countries etc) in order to compare life and events in the chosen communities.
Maria Christodoulou Politics and Everyday Life in a Divided City: Nicosia, 1955 - 1974
Joshua Cohen 'Never Again!' - a command not a slogan: The impact of the Holocaust on British anti-fascism, 1945-67
Carrie Crockett Penal Sakhalin: Forging identity in the Euro-Asian Borderlands
Nicholas Cummins The '"cork" in the bottle':Explaining Reagan's failure to confront Iran
Kevin DeYoung The Problem with John Witherspoon: Reassessing the Presbyterian pastor-president and his relationship to the Scottish Enlightenment
Abigail Eiceman
Trixie Gadd Survival Strategies of the Clergy of Dorset in the Seventeenth Century This research examines strategies adopted by the clergy of Dorset to survive the fluctuating political and social contexts of the seventeenth century. It examines changes in clerical patronage and sources of income, and the extent to which available choices were impacted by location, ecclesiastical and state legislation, local allegiances and social movements, loyalty to patrons or parishioners, religious conviction or economic necessity. This is a non-factional study of clergy within a single county, seeking to examine clerical experiences and careers across the religious spectrum, and the extent to which religious views or practices were affected by local contexts
Michael Greasley Propaganda and the British provincial press in the Anglo-Irish Conflict, 1919-1923.

This study will be the first to analyse in detail the influence on the public of the coverage in the British provincial press of the Anglo-Irish Conflict, 1919-1922.  With the help of newly available archive material, it will to debunk some of the myths which have grown around a time that 'Englishmen strive to forget, and Irishmen strive to remember'.  Major provincial British newspapers will be analysed in order  to try and determine to what extent public opinion influenced the stance of a wavering British government. By investigating these issues through the prism of the provincial press, the research will add  a new 'bottom up' perspective to this still controversial period in modern British history.

Sally Hartshorne The Heritage of Home:  the role of history in the socio-economic development of Leicester, 1945-2013
Ines Hassen Inner cities and globalisation: the example of Rheims and Leicester
Elizabeth Jones
Namak Khoshnaw
Sophia Kotzer Russian Orthodox Church between Russian nationalism and the state apparatus in the period of perestroika (1985-1991).
Elias Kupfermann The role of the Castle and Town of New Windsor during the English Civil Wars (1642 – 1650)
Alessandro Laverda Miracles, Magic and Incorruptible Bodies: Defining the Boundaries of the Natural in Post-Tridentine Legal-Medicine
Rebecca Lawton Anglo-Saxon perceptions of the city of Rome: correspondence and exchange in the 7th and 8th centuries. My research analyses how Anglo-Saxons experienced the city of Rome through text in the seventh and eighth centuries. Pilgrim itineraries and collections of inscriptions were an important way of remembering and sharing the experience of travel to Rome. Papal letters provided a textual bridge to Rome, and through written communication they facilitated a tangible relationship between the two places.  This thesis aims to understand how these texts facilitated perception of Rome, and the role of these texts in the developing relationship between Rome and Anglo-Saxon England in the first two hundred years after conversion to Christianity. 
Emmeline Ledgerwood Re-evaluating the 1980s and 1990s through life histories: politics, privatisation and the culture of government research. This research, based on a series of life story interviews with government scientists, will explore how their working lives were affected by the privatisation of government research establishments. The interviews will contribute to the British Library's Oral History of British Science.
Jun Li Garden City in China

This research will review the development history of Garden Cities of China from the beginning of 20th century to today. Tracing the introduction and spread of Garden City theory and development and evolution of Garden Cities in China,  discussing  plans and  construction of Garden Cities of China, it will display the achievement of Garden City. In addition, researching on how the garden City theory has influenced the development of China cities, especially discovering the factors which improved or constrained it to develop, as well as the mechanization the Garden City theory worked in China and  its change of different periods, this will benefit for contemporary exploration of Garden Cities.

Anna McKay War and Peace: The History of British Prison Hulks, 1776-1864 This doctoral project seeks to document the forgotten history of British prison hulks in the years of their operation, 1776-1864. Prior to 1775, transportation to American colonies had been one of the British government’s primary means of punishing its felons. However, the outbreak of the American Revolution was to halt this process and very quickly, a growing backlog of both domestic prisoners and prisoners of war put a huge strain on capacities in British prisons. Government officials turned to hulks as a means to solve the prison housing crisis; primarily decommissioned naval warships which were not fit to sail but still habitable, hulks were stripped of their masts and fittings and reborn as floating prisons which could hold well over five hundred prisoners at any one time. This short-term solution was to continue well after peacetime, with hulks not only positioned around naval bases in Britain but also further afield, in the outposts of Bermuda and Gibraltar.
Sadie McMullon
Christopher Mitchell Astrology in England in the Twelfth Century

The twelfth century saw a resurgence of astrological and scientific knowledge in Christian Europe as a result of numerous works being translated from Arabic into Latin. This PhD looks at the twelfth century translation movement, and how astrological texts were received and used in England. Particular reference is made to the Hereford school and the application of astrology by Roger of Hereford, who compiled various sources into a single work for his students.

Adnan Mohammed British Representations of the Kurds and the Armenian Question 1877-1908

The British material is one of the most important sources for studying the relations between the Kurds and Armenians during the late of the Ottoman Empire. My research traces how do the British primary sources represent and describe the Kurdish roles in Armenian Question? How are the allegations of both the Kurds and Armenians analyzed in the main British sources? Are the British sources neutral in depicting the role of Kurds in Armenian Question or they biased on their writing.

Tamar Moore Household Cures and Female Charity: The welfare and well-being of the estate of the English Versailles in the long 18th century
Janice Morris The role of elite women in the reception of French émigrés in England, 1789-1815
Richard Morris Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in Cape Town and Hong Kong
Kellie Moss Convict Connections: The British Empire and the Establishment of the Swan River Colony
Qadir Muhammad Kurds and Kurdistan from the viewpoints of British Travellers in the decades 1830-1840 and 1890-1900.
Patricia Okuleye Selling Health on the World Stage
Paul Owens The social and ecclesiastical significance of church seating arrangements, 1700-1900
Adam Prime The British Officer in the Indian Army, 1861-1945
Kimberley Pullen The Old Poor Law, Enclosures and Social Change in Leicestershire and Rutland, c.1700-1834 My research examines the impact of enclosures and social change on the Old Poor Law in the period 1700-1834. I am looking at how enclosures affected rural poverty and how they were related to other major developments, including demographic growth, agrarian change and urbanisation. I am also examining the role of local changes for mitigating the worst effects of enclosures, especially the expansion of frame-work knitting in Leicestershire. My key aim is to assess the impact of enclosures in the context of these other developments, and to examine their contribution to the decline of the Old Poor Law
Emma Purcell Houses and Homes: The Management of a Network of Great Households, c.1709-1827
Jeffrey Pym What made possible the first global import of liquefied natural gas from Louisiana into a new North Thames Gas cryogenic storage terminal on Canvey Island in Essex during the winter of 1959?
Julian Raynor Murder in the Metropole: the changing nature of homicide in London and Middlesex, 1750-1900
Katherine Roscoe Island Chains: a spatial history of Australian convict islands
Matthew Rowley Godly Violence: Providence, Scripture and Puritan Belief-Formation in War in England, Ireland, Scotland and Colonial America This thesis focuses on the process where by the Puritans came to believe that God was on their side in warfare against four different religio-ethnopolitical groups.
Mrunmayee Satam Governing the Body- Public Health and Urban Society in Colonial Bombay City 1914- 1945 This project explores the management of public health in colonial Bombay in the period between 1914 and 1945. The project attempts to evaluate the role played by the colonial state, the municipal government and the various voluntary organizations in addressing issues related to medical relief. With a particular focus on the gender and caste perspective, it explores the politics surrounding medical relief and public health in the city of Bombay
Anna Scanlon Postwar Theatrical Images of Anne Frank in Britain, United States and France
Christopher Side The rise and fall of Hathersage hacklepin making and its effect on the community.
Mark Smith The Life and Works of Samuel Chandler: 1693-1766 This thesis focuses on the published works of the Presbyterian minister Samuel Chandler in order to demonstrate the complex relationships dissenters had with Church and state during the mid-eighteenth century.
Ann Stones Charnwood Circles: the role of boundaries in the relationship between people and place in medieval Charnwood Forest This thesis seeks to answer several questions about the external boundaries and internal divisions of medieval Charnwood Forest. Circles of human activity around and within medieval Charnwood Forest are identified and related to cultural, social, economic and topographic boundaries. Consideration is given to the significance of boundaries in the Middle Ages and to the question of who precisely those boundaries were significant for. The means by which boundaries were defined and expressed in a non-cartographic society are examined and the nature and characteristics of boundaries in medieval Charnwood are explored.
Nadine Tauchner Otto Schulmeister- An Austrian Journalist between Nazism and Democracy. The thesis looks at the life and work of Otto Schulmeister, an Austrian journalist, who was employed in a Nazi-propaganda-group and continued working as a journalist after the war, while being closely affiliated with the CIA from 1950 until 1973. In the course of his career, he moved up to be the chief editor and later publisher of “Die Presse”. He died in 2001 as one of the most famous and influential journalists of the post war press, leaving an impressive paper trail. His personal estate (Nachlass) forms the foundation of this Ph.D. project, which includes letters, notebooks, autobiographic writing, official documents and a collection of his professional work. An analysis of the documents will provide the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the life, work and ideas of Otto Schulmeister during the course of his long career. The comparison of his professional work and his private correspondence and autobiographical texts allows to show continuities, discontinuities and parallels in his opinions and ideas and to estimate his influence on and positions in Austrian journalism, politics and society.
Working as a journalist in Amsterdam, Zagreb and Vienna over several decades in different political systems, an intellectual biography will contribute to transnationally inspired historical research on Austrian press, American media policies in Austria after the war and the role journalists played for the National Socialist Regime and later in the discourses about Austrian Nazi past.
Martin Watkinson The microhistory of a Lincolnshire parish: Humberston, 1750-1850.
Scott Weightman The Outward Face of Segregation: Segregationists’ Media Strategies during the 1950s and 1960s

My project traces the development of segregationists’ utilisation of mass media in opposition to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. By examining the text and visual imagery of segregationists’ media campaigns, the study scrutinises how they adapted to changing attitudes, investigates the variety and expediency of their strategies, and explores the metamorphosis of southern resistance into the national conservatism of Nixon and Reagan. Such an analysis reveals the emergence of more palatable colour-blind arguments; approaches that were co-opted by Republican strategists from the late-1960s onwards and continue to appear in US media today.

Hannah Worthen The experiences of war widows and orphans in mid seventeenth-century England
David Yates An evaluation of the  criticisms of Grey’s Foreign Policy

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