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Biography

Dr Ian Cawood is a graduate of Girton College, Cambridge and has been head of history at Newman University for over 10 years. In this time, he has written two modern history textbooks for Routledge and a number of peer-reviewed articles on social and political history and historical pedagogy. He holds an MPhil on late Victorian politics from the University of Birmingham and a PhD from the University of Leicester.

In 2012 he published his first major monograph The Liberal Unionist Party, 1886-1912: A History which was shortlisted for the Total Politics Political History Book of the Year in 2013 and described by Professor Vernon Bogdanor in the Times Literary Supplement as “one of the most important works on the politics of the late Victorian era to have appeared in recent years”.

In 2014 he organised the international Joseph Chamberlain centenary conference and edited a collection of essays arising from the conference in Joseph Chamberlain: International Statesman, National Leader, Local Icon which was launched at the Palace of Westminster in 2016 and selected by the Financial Times as one of their books of the summer.

Dr Cawood is a regularly contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and has been interviewed by the BBC for Midlands Today, Newsnight and Inside Out. He is currently working on a history of corruption in 19th century Britain and has won a British Academy ‘Rising Star’ award for his current project.

Profile

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of History since 2002
  • Co-lead tutor, ITT Humanities programme
  • Member of University Senate
  • External Examiner, University of East London , Undergraduate history programme, 2013-

 

Teaching

Ian Cawood leads Newman’s undergraduate modules on modern British history as well as a fieldwork module focusing on the history of the English Cathedral.  He will be leading Newman’s new inter-disciplinary Masters degree in Victorian Studies from September 2014, which will be run in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust and the Birmingham and Midland Institute.

 

Research Interests

  • British political culture in Victorian Britain
  • Regional History, including (but not exclusively) that of the West Midlands
  • Intellectual history of the early Victorian period

Other Activities

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Institute of Historical Research
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Liberal History
  • Member of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada

 

Policy Papers
‘Liberal-Conservative Coalitions – “a farce and a fraud”?’ History and Policy, May 2013

 

Collaborative Work

Series Editor, Spotlight History series, Routledge publishers, 2001-2004

Conference organiser, John Bright Bicentenary Study Day, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 19 November 2011

Conference organiser, The Liberal Party, Unionism & political culture in late 19th and early 20th century Britain, Newman University College, 10 November 2012

Conference organiser, Fieldwork in History – Beyond the lecture theatre, Newman University, May 2013
‘Block Capital: A Participative History of High Rise Council Flats since 1960’ community research project with Distinctly Black Country network

Conference organiser, Joseph Chamberlain: Imperial Standard Bearer; National Leader, Local Icon, Newman University/Birmingham Library, 4-5 July 2014

‘Victorian Representations’, post graduate research colloquium, 13 May 2016, in collaboration with CREST, Leeds Trinity University and Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln

 

Conference papers:

‘The Establishment in Revolt: 1886-1912’ Rebellion and Resistance Symposium, University of Birmingham, Stratford, September 2007

‘The Liberal Unionist Vote: The persistence of patronage and localism in later Victorian Britain’Modern British History Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, May 2008

‘Party Allegiance, “Character” and Public Language in Late Victorian British Polity’ Languages of Politics: Mapping Britain’s Long Nineteenth Century Conference, University of Durham, April 2009

‘Integrating Fieldwork into Undergraduate Modular History Programmes: A Case Study.’ History Subject Area HEA Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Oxford, April 2010

‘The Liberal Unionist – Conservative Alliance, 1886-1912’ British Political Studies Seminar on Coalition Government, LSE, 26 March 2011

‘Divine Providence’: Birmingham and the Cholera Pandemic of 1832’ Victorian Epidemics Conference, Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, Banff, 29-30 April 2011

‘Gladstone: As Seen by his Enemies’ Gladstone Conference, St Deniol’s Library, Hawarden, 15 July 2011

‘John Bright and Irish Home Rule’ John Bright Bicentenary Study Day, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 19 November 2011

‘Politics and the explosion of print culture, 1886-1903’ Victorian Media Conference, Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, Victoria, 26-28 April 2012

‘Approaches to history workplace learning in practice’ Historians in the workplace: The role of work placements in history teaching and learning University of Wolverhampton, 9 May 2012

‘The Persistence of Liberal Unionism’ Studies in the Irish Revolution: conference on 1912 Home Rule Crisis, University College, Cork, 19-20 October 2012

‘The Impact of Liberal Unionism’, The Liberal Party, Unionism & political culture in late 19th and early 20th century Britain, Newman University College, 10 November 2012

‘A miraculous intervention: Birmingham and cholera, 1831-1848’ Centre for West Midland History seminar, 13 April 2013

‘”Joey or Judas”: The Reputation of Joseph Chamberlain’ Birmingham Historical Association Lecture, 15 October 2013

Keynote paper, ‘Teaching outside the HE history classroom: field visits, oral history, museums and monuments’, HEA history subject centre conference, IHR, London, 18 June 2014

‘Joseph Chamberlain and the Birmingham Satirical Press’ Joseph Chamberlain: Imperial Standard Bearer; National Leader, Local Icon, 4 July 2014

‘Defenders of the workers’ bodies: the early factory inspectors’, Victorian Bodies Conference, Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, Kelowna, 10-11 April 2015

‘The decline of “old corruption”: the role of the public servant’ Corruption Network seminar series, University of Warwick, 23 November 2016.

‘The Battle Against Corruption in Early Victorian Britain: Public Service Ethics before Northcote-Trevelyan.’ Centre for Victorian Political Culture seminar, Keble College, Oxford, 22 February 2017

‘After the Deluge: Re-positioning politics in a post-traumatic society’ British Studies in a Broken World, University of Birmingham, 5-7 July 2017

‘Birmingham’s Satirical Periodicals in the later nineteenth century’ Print, politics and publishing: the role of the provincial press, Birmingham City University, 21 July 2017

Publications

  • The First World War (London: Routledge, 2001)

  • Britain in the Twentieth Century (London: Routledge, 2003)

  • The Liberal Unionist Party, 1886-1912: A History (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012)

  • Joseph Chamberlain: Imperial Standard Bearer, National Leader and Local Icon (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

  • ‘The Unionist ‘compact’ in West Midland Politics 1891-1895’ Midland History, XXX (2005)

  • ‘Britain’s defence policy in a nuclear age’ History Review, 53 (December 2005)

  • ‘Harold Wilson – A re-appraisal’ History Review, 55 (September 2006)

  • ‘Joseph Chamberlain, the Conservative Party and the Leamington Spa candidature dispute of 1895’ Journal of Historical Research 79.206 (November 2006)

  • ‘The 1892 General Election and the eclipse of the Liberal Unionists’ Parliamentary History 29:3 (October 2010)

  • ‘A Distinction without a Difference’? The Liberal - Conservative Alliance’ Journal of Liberal History 72 (October 2011)

  • ‘“Dagon must be thrown down”: Re-evaluating the separation of Liberal Party in 1886.’ Revue française de civilisation britannique 16:2 (Autumn 2011)

  • ‘Liberalism and the “New” Politics’ (Review Article) Parliamentary History 30:3 (October 2011)

  • ‘Sir John Middlemore’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2013)

  • ‘“Divine Providence”? Birmingham and the 1832 Cholera Epidemic’ Journal of Urban History 39:6 (November 2013)

  • ‘“True to his principles”? John Bright and the Home Rule split, 1886-1889’ Journal of Liberal History 84 (2014)

  • Sir Henry Wiggin’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2014)

  • Joseph Chamberlain: A Masterful Politician’ History West Midlands 5 (2014)

  • ‘Joseph Chamberlain’, Conservative History Journal II:3 (2014),

  • ‘Sir Edward Heneage’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2016)

  • ‘Press Culture and Politics in Victorian Britain’ Journal of Liberal History 93 (2016)

  • ‘A world without Joe: the impact of World War One on the political culture of the West Midlands’ Midland History 42 (forthcoming, 2017)

  • ‘The impact of the Representation of the People Act of 1918 on the politics of the west midlands’ Parliamentary History (forthcoming, 2018)

  • ‘The Persistence of Liberal Unionism’ in G. Doherty (ed.), The Home Rule Crisis, 1912-14 (Cork:Mercier Press, 2014)

  • ‘Joseph Chamberlain and the Birmingham Satirical Press’ in I. Cawood (ed.), Joseph Chamberlain: Imperial Standard Bearer; National Leader; Local Icon (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

  • ‘Joseph Chamberlain’s Legacy’ in I. Cawood (ed.), Joseph Chamberlain: Imperial Standard Bearer; National Leader; Local Icon (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)