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This listing aims to assist research projects in progress. If you can help any of the individuals listed below with sources, contacts, or any other helpful information - or if you know anyone who can - please pass on details using the contact information listed.

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Beyond Westminster: Grassroots Liberalism 1910-1929

A study of the Liberal Party at its grassroots during the period in which it went from being the party of government to undisputedly the third party of British politics. This research will use a wide range of sources, including surviving Liberal Party constituency minute books and local press to contextualise the national decline of the party with the reality of the situation on the ground. The thesis will focus on three geographic regions (Home Counties, Midlands and the North West) in order to explore the situation the Liberals found themselves in nationally. Research for University of Leicester. Supervisor: Dr Stuart Ball.

Gavin Freeman

Contact: gjf6@le.ac.uk


This content was posted on 21/02/2011




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Party organisation



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Dadabhai Naoroji

Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) was an Indian nationalist and Liberal member for Central Finsbury, 1892-95 - the first Asian to be elected to the House of Commons. This research for a PhD at Harvard aims to produce both a biography of Naoroji and a volume of his selected correspondence, to be published by OUP India in 2013. The current phase concentrates on Naoroji's links with a range of British progressive organisations and individuals, particularly in his later career. Suggestions for archival sources very welcome.

Dinyar Patel

Contact: dinyar.patel@gmail.com or 07775 753 724


This content was posted on 01/01/2013


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Naoroji, Dadabhai (subject)

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1886-1895



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Four nations history of the Irish Home Rule crisis

A four nations history of the Irish Home Rule crisis, attempting to rebalance the existing Anglo-centric focus. Considering Scottish and Welsh reactions and the development of parallel Home Rule movements, along with how the crisis impacted on political parties across the UK. Sources include newspapers, private papers, Hansard.

Naomi Lloyd-Jones

Contact: naomi.n.lloyd-jones@kcl.ac.uk


This content was posted on 21/04/2012




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1859-1886
1886-1895
1895-1910
1910-1929



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Letters of Richard Cobden (1804-65)

Knowledge of the whereabouts of any letters written by Cobden in private hands, autograph collections, and obscure locations in the UK and abroad for a complete edition of his letters.
(For further details of the Cobden Letters Project, please see www.uea.ac.uk/his/research/cobdenproject)

Dr Anthony Howe

Contact: School of History, University of East
Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ; a.c.howe@uea.ac.uk.


This content was posted on 01/07/2009


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Cobden, Richard (subject)

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Free trade
1830-1859
1859-1886



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Policy position and Leadership Strategy within the Liberal Democrats: from Ashdown to Clegg

This thesis will be a study of the political positioning and leadership strategy of the Liberal Democrats. Consideration of the role of equidistance; development of policy from the point of merger; the influence and leadership strategies of each leader from Ashdown to Clegg; and electoral strategy from 1988-2015 will form the basis of the work. Any material relating to leadership election campaigns, election campaigns, internal party groups (for example the Social Liberal Forum) or policy documents from 1987 and merger talks onwards would be greatly welcomed. Personal insights and recollections also sought.

Samuel Barratt

Contact: pt10seb@leeds.ac.uk


This content was posted on 20/10/2012




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Elections
Leaders
Party organisation
1988-2010
2010-



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Recruitment of Liberals into the Conservative Party, 1906-35

Aims to suggest reasons for defections of individuals and develop an understanding of changes in electoral alignment. Sources include personal papers and newspapers; suggestions about how to get hold of the papers of more obscure Liberal defectors welcome.

Nick Cott

Contact: 1a Henry Street, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE3 1DQ; N.M.Cott@ncl.ac.uk.


This content was posted on 01/07/2009




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1895-1910
1910-1929
1929-1956



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The emergence of the 'public service ethos'

I am interested in analysing how self-interest and patronage was challenged by the advent of impartial inspectorates, public servants and local authorities in provincial Britain in the mid 19th century. Much work has been done on the emergence of a 'liberal culture' in the central civil service in Whitehall, but much work needs to be done on the motives, behaviour and mentalities of the newly reformed guardians of the poor, sanitary inspectors, factory and mines inspectors, education authorities, prison warders and the police.

Ian Cawood

Contact: Newman University Colllege, Birmingham, i.cawood@newman.ac.uk


This content was posted on 29/06/2012




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1859-1886



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The Liberal Party in Wales, 1966-1988

Aims to follow the development of the party from the general election of 1966 to the time of the merger with the SDP. PhD research at Cardiff University.

Nick Alderton

Contact: nickalito@hotmail.com


This content was posted on 21/10/2012




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1956-1976
1976-1988



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The Liberal Party's political communication, 1945-2002

Research on the Liberal party and Lib Dems' political communication. Any information welcome (including testimonies) about electoral campaigns and strategies.

Cynthia Boyer

Contact: CUFR Champollion, Place de Verdun, 81 000 Albi, France; +33 5 63 48 19 77; cynthia.boyer@univ-jfc.fr


This content was posted on 01/07/2009




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Elections
1929-1956
1956-1976
1976-1988
1988-2010



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The life of Professor Reginald W Revans, 1907-2003

Any information anyone has on Revans' Liberal Party involvement would be most welcome. We are particularly keen to know when he joined the party and any involvement he may have had in campaigning issues. We know he was very interested in pacifism. Any information, oral history submissions, location of papers or references most welcome.

Dr Yury Boshyk and Dr Cheryl Brook

Contact: yury@gel-net.com or cheryl.brook@port.ac.uk


This content was posted on 21/04/2012


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Revans, Reginald (subject)

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Foreign policy



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The political career of Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper

Strutt was Whig/Liberal MP for Derby (1830-49), later Arundel and Nottingham; in 1856 he was created Lord Belper and built Kingston Hall (1842-46) in the village of Kingston-on-Soar, Notts. He was a friend of Jeremy Bentham and a supporter of free trade and reform, and held government office as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Commissioner of Railways. Any information, location of papers or references welcome.

Brian Smith

Contact: brian63@inbox.com


This content was posted on 08/12/2008




Linked areas

1830-1859




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