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James Smith


A four nations history of the Westminster parliament, c.1830-c.1852

Supervisor: Professor Miles Taylor


My interests lie primarily in British politics and political ideas in the nineteenth century. More particularly, I am interested in the means by which the nineteenth-century Imperial Parliament sought to formulate and implement legislation for the four portions of the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland), and the ways in which ideas of identity, whether local, national or imperial, were articulated at Westminster. Further information on my PhD project can be found in a blog article, which I contributed to the 'Four Nations History Network' in January 2017.


  • ‘The Reform debates of 1830-32: a ‘four nations’ approach’, Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies postgraduate forum, University of York, Oct. 2017


I have contributed a number of pieces to the 1832-68 section (forthcoming) of the ongoing History of Parliament project.

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Mr James Smith
PhD student
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD