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Professor Jon Parry

Professor Jon Parry

Professor of Modern British History

Director of Studies in History and Politics, Pembroke College

Pembroke College
Cambridge CB2 1RF

Subject groups/Research projects

Modern British History:

Departments and Institutes

Pembroke College:

Research Interests

The history of British politics and political ideas in the nineteenth century.  As far as domestic politics are concerned, my main interests include: the history of Liberalism; the relationship between religion and politics; debates about English national identity and about aspects of the English past; the relationship between the monarchy and politics; the history of mountaineering in the nineteenth century.   I have also written on British politics and Europe in the nineteenth century, and am currently writing a book on Britain and the Ottoman Middle East, 1798-1854.  I have recently published an article on steam, the British and Baghdad, 1820-60.

Research Supervision

Aspects of nineteenth-century Britain, primarily: British parliamentary politics; debates about domestic and foreign policy issues; British attitudes to European and Middle Eastern politics, culture and travel.

Teaching

My current Special Subject is called 'The British and the Ottoman Middle East, 1798-1850'.  Past courses include 'The British and Europe, 1815-1906', 'Democracy in theory and practice: an Anglo-American perspective', and 'Culture Wars in mid-Victorian England 1848-59'.

Key Publications

  • Democracy and Religion: Gladstone and the Liberal party, 1867-1875 (Cambridge, 1986)
  • The Rise and Fall of Liberal Government in Victorian Britain (Yale 1993)
  • The Politics of Patriotism: English Liberalism, national identity and Europe 1830-1886 (Cambridge, 2006)
  • Benjamin Disraeli (Oxford, 2007)
  • Parliament and the Church, 1529-1960 (ed. with Stephen Taylor, 2000)
  • 'Disraeli and England', Historical Journal (2000)
  • 'The impact of Napoleon III on British politics, 1851-1880', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (2001)
  • ‘Liberalism and liberty’, in Liberty and Authority in Victorian Britain, ed. P. Mandler (Oxford, 2007)
  • 'Whig monarchy, Whig nation: Crown, politics and representativeness, 1880-2000', in The Monarchy and the British Nation, 1780 to the present, ed. A. Olechnowicz (Cambridge, 2007)
  • 'The decline of institutional reform in nineteenth-century Britain', in Structures and Transformations in Modern British History, ed. D . Feldman and J. Lawrence (Cambridge, 2011)
  • 'Steam power and British influence in Baghdad, 1820-1860', Historical Journal (March 2013)
  • '1867 and the rule of wealth', in Shooting Niagara - and after?  The Second Reform Act and its world, ed. Robert Saunders (2017)
  • 'Disraeli, the east and religion: Tancred in context', English Historical Review (June 2017)
  • 'Christian socialism, class collaboration and British public life after 1848', in The 1848 Revolutions and European political thought, ed. D. Moggach and G. Stedman Jones (Cambridge, 2018)