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Subject Group-based Training

Subject Group-based Training

The Subject Groups in the Faculty sometimes offer courses and training of their own. These are predominantly for those conducting research within the particular area of the subject group, however please do email and ask if there is anything you see which may be of interest to attend.


Critical Readings in Modern British History

This reading group will meet 7 times in the year, meeting by videoconference with students and staff at Columbia and New York Universities. This is part of the New York - Cambridge Training Collaboration in 20th-Century British History. More details on this can be found here

It is designed for PhD students in modern British history and related fields who want to have the opportunity to lift their head up from their specialist research and consider the shape of the whole field, with a view to their future as teachers and colleagues.  Emphasis is placed on the widest possible perspectives and on in-depth discussion.  It is therefore meant to complement the research seminars where scholars present their own work. 

Classes will be organised around the discussion of recent important texts in modern British history.  Discussion will be introduced by formal presentations by seminar participants, which will put the selected texts into their wider historiographical context, thus giving a sense not only of where the field is today but where it has come from. 

The seven sessions will range across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and will engage with a wide range of sub-disciplines, including economic, political, cultural, imperial and social history.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Professor Peter Mandler at the beginning of Michaelmas Term, as early as possible. 

Convenors: Lucy Delap (, Peter Mandler (, and Helen McCarthy (



The History of the History of Political Thought

This seminar examines a range of important contributions to the history of political thought from the nineteenth century to the present, in order to explore some of the ways authors have made use of diverse and innovative approaches, methods, and perspectives in their efforts to produce interesting and important work. Instead of rehearsing familiar debates over methods, we will consider historical examples of how different approaches have been put to use, what sorts of histories of political thought they made it possible to write, and the intellectual and political stakes involved in choosing to write one of these sorts of history instead of another. Among the seminar's aims is to invite students to rethink the place of both 'Cambridge School' and other approaches as part of a longer and ongoing tradition of historical thinking about theories of politics. Other authors read include Meinecke, Koselleck, and Foucault. The seminar is intended for PhD students in History and Politics. 

To join the course, please contact the Convenor: Chris Meckstroth (History) (



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