Professor Jon Parry

Professor of Modern British History
Director of Studies in History and Politics, Pembroke College
Professor Jon Parry

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 parliamentary politics and of Liberalism and Conservatism, together with debates about the constitution, parliament, the monarchy, English national identity and the relationship between religion and politics.    I have also written extensively 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 articles on the British, Baghdad and steam power, 1820-60, and on Disraeli and the East.  I have a side interest in the history of mountaineering in the nineteenth century.

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.

My current Special Subject (third-year undergraduates) 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'.


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Pembroke College
Cambridge CB2 1RF


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)