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Dr Stuart Middleton

Dr Stuart Middleton

Research Fellow, Fitzwilliam College

Fulbright Scholar, New York University (2017-18)


Stuart Middleton is a research fellow in history at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and during 2017-18 a Fulbright Scholar at New York University. He is a historian of political and intellectual cultures in Britain, Western Europe and America since the late nineteenth century. His work is currently focused on two projects. The first, a monograph entitled The Crisis of Democracy, examines the search for ‘democratic values’ among progressive intellectuals in Britain and America who believed that democracy was imperilled or unattainable after 1918. The second is a study of political argument in post-war Britain which focuses on the emergence of a new conceptual vocabulary after the Attlee administrations. The first instalment of this, a major re-evaluation of the politics of ‘affluence’, appeared in the English Historical Review.

Subject groups/Research projects

Modern British History:

Key Publications

'Raymond Williams's "structure of feeling" and the problem of democratic values in Britain, 1938-1961', forthcoming, Modern Intellectual History

'The concept of 'experience' and the making of the English working class, 1924-1963', Modern Intellectual History 13:1 (2016), 179-208

'E.P. Thompson and the Cultural Politics of Literary Modernism', Contemporary British History  28:4 (2014), 422-437

'"Affluence" and the Left in Britain, c.1958-1974', English Historical Review CXXIX:536 (2014), 107-138

Other Publications

'I was the Left Opposition', London Review of Books 40:6 (22 Mar. 2018), 27-30

'Value of Imagination', Times Literary Supplement 5924 (14 Oct. 2016), 30

'Questionably Virtuous', London Review of Books 38:17 (8 Sep. 2016), 9-10

'Tranquil Pleasures: or, How to Decorate the Downstairs Lavatory', Cambridge Humanities Review 12 (2016), 11-12

'The Facts', Cambridge Humanities Review 9 (2015), 7-10