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Course summary

Research interests within History are extremely wide-ranging. In particular, we host expertise in:

  • Medieval history: our research interests lie in the social, political, religious and cultural history of Britain, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean – with particular emphasis on gender, saints, medicine, crusades, trade, economic history and Islamic law.
  • British and Irish history: we have particular interests in early modern religion, belief and intellectual history (including the Scottish Enlightenment); social and political history; Second World War Studies, relations between Britain and Ireland; and international relations.
  • European history: specialisms include the Renaissance, early modern political and intellectual history; genocide; Russia and the Soviet Union; modern political and intellectual history of France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic; historical memory and public history; histories of gender and sexuality.
  • US (American) history: expertise includes revolutionary and early national America; the Civil War; US diplomatic history in the 19th and 20th centuries; politics in the 20th century; African-American history and the civil rights movement; and history of labour.
  • African history: we have expertise in West, East and South Africa, and specialisms include intellectual history; environmental history; comparative African history; history of Islam; urban history; print culture; history of nationalism and decolonisation.
  • Asian history: we have expertise in the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia, with specialisms in histories of print and archives; intellectual history; diplomatic history; economic history and history of economic thought; cross-cultural interactions; histories of religion and philosophy; nationalism and colonial resistance.
  • Latin American and Caribbean history: specialisms include history of slavery; colonialism; histories of race, gender, and the body; Indigenous history; and material culture studies.
This is a brief summary of the expertise of the academic staff in History. For fuller descriptions of faculty research specialties, please visit their individual pages.


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Entry requirements

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History at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS