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BA, PhD (Cantab), FRHist
Miles Taylor is Professor of Modern History. He joined the department in 2004, having studied history at Queen Mary University of London, Harvard and Cambridge, and previously taught at Southampton, King’s College London, and Cambridge. Between 2008 and 2014 he was seconded to the University of London as Director of the Institute of Historical Research. He is the holder of a sabbatical Leverhulme Trust Major Research Award, 2014-16 to complete a book entitled The Sovereign People: Parliament and Representation in Britain since 1750, but he remains available for PhD supervision.
Miles Taylor is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Portrait Gallery, and sits on the editorial advisory boards of the History of Parliament Trust, the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, the BBC History Magazine and the Journal of British Studies. He has previously served on the grants award panels of both the ESRC and the AHRC.
Professor Taylor's four main areas of interest are in modern British history: first, 19th-century Chartism and radical politics, especially the ideas, literature and historiography of these movements; secondly, the history of parliamentary representation in the UK during the heyday of limited male suffrage, c.1820-1914; thirdly, the impact of the empire on the British state, political system and social policy in the 19th and 20th centuries: how the experience of empire shaped the modern British polity - its monarchy, armed forces, parliament, gender relations, religion and social policy, and finally, the historiography and heritage of Victorian political and cultural life. Professor Taylor currently writing a book on the history of parliamentary representation in Britain since the late 18th Century, and a study of the Victorian monarchy and India.
The Borthwick Institute holds a wide range of modern records relating to national and local religious, philanthorpic, business, architectural; educational and medical life, as well as the personal and estate papers of several Yorkshire families. There are also extensive possibilities for research in modern British history in the National Railway Museum, the City of York Archives, York Health Archives and the York Minster Archives. Within reach of York is the British Library lending service at Boston Spa, and the Brotherton Library of the University of Leeds, the latter a superb resource for 18th and 19th century studies.
Professor Taylor is able to supervise research students in most areas of British political, parliamentary, cultural and imperial history since the late 18th century. Professor Taylor will be especially keen to take on research students interested in topics which combine the history of the metropole with that of the colonial periphery, and those who wish to use the rich vein of modern archival and microfilm material in the Borthwick Institute for Archives and in the Raymond Burton Library.
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