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Dr Geraint Thomas

Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History at Peterhouse


Biography:

Born and raised in West Wales, Geraint studied at the LSE and the University of Cambridge, before taking up appointments in Oxford, Cambridge and York. In 2018, he returned to Cambridge to a college lectureship and fellowship at Peterhouse.

Departments and Institutes

Peterhouse:

Research Interests

Geraint Thomas is a historian of twentieth-century Britain. His forthcoming book, Cultures of National Government: popular Conservatism in interwar Britain (Cambridge University Press), explores the political culture of the interwar years and offers the first detailed study of popular Conservatism under the cross-party National Government of the 1930s.

His current project investigates the social experience of democracy and state development in Britain since 1918, and as such seeks to contribute to broader methodological debates about the practice of political history. He also maintains an active research interest in Celtic history, looking in particular at how Celtic societies negotiated their place within a dominant Anglo world. His teaching interests span the political, social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain.

Research Supervision

I welcome requests to supervise theses in various areas of British history since c.1870, with particular expertise in political history (broadly conceived), and with active interests in social and cultural history, 'four nations' history, and questions of methodology.

Teaching

In addition to 'Historical Argument and Practice', I supervise Papers 5, 6 and 11 in Part I, together with dissertations in Part II. I also convene the 'Historical Project' option available to second-year History & Politics students. 

Keywords

  • Modern British History

Key Publications

Cultures of National Government: popular Conservatism in inter-war Britain (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

‘The Conservative party and Welsh politics in the inter-war years’, English Historical Review, CXXVIII, 533 (2013), 877-913

‘Conservatives, the constitution and the quest for a “representative” House of Lords, 1911-1935’, Parliamentary History, 31:3 (2012), 419-443

Brave New World: imperial and democratic nation-building in Britain between the wars, co-edited with Laura Beers (London: Institute of Historical Research, 2011)

‘Political modernity and “government” in the construction of inter-war democracy: local and national encounters’, in Brave New World

Other Publications

   ‘The General Strike in Interwar British Political Culture’, Modern History Review, 20:4 (2018)