Historians at Cardiff research the histories of Britain, Europe and Asia from the medieval period to the twentieth century, offering a chronological range than covers over a 1000 years of history. The Department attracts research funding from a wide range of sources and has an active research culture that is distinguished by its commitment to innovation, scholarship and interdisciplinarity. Its research activities cross boundaries with many other disciplines, including scholars in other humanities disciplines, the biomedical sciences, and the social and behavioural sciences, and informs an active and wide-ranging programme of exciting and knowledge transfer activities.
The Department has a wide range of collaborative links both within Cardiff through cross-School networks and with other institutions, both within Wales, Britain and internationally, and provides the focus for several lively research centres and networks.
The Department has a thriving postgraduate community. To find out more about postgraduate opportunities in the Department's areas of research strengths and the MA schemes we offer, please visit our degree programme pages.
Research Themes & Groups
With a mixture of young and internationally established scholars, research at Cardiff has particular research strengths in:
- Social, Political and Cultural History of Wales
- Medieval History of Britain, Europe and the Middle East
- The Crusades
- Early Modern History of Britain and Wales
- Modern British Economic, Social and Cultural History
- Modern European History
- Dictatorships and Mass Mobilisation in the Twentieth Century
- Asian History
- Gender History
- Social History of Medicine
Research Events & Publications
The Department has an active discipline-related and edits a series of historical papers.
We also host which draw scholars from around the world to the Department.
In addition, staff are actively involved in cross-disciplinary initiatives supported by the Cardiff Humanities Research Institute and with other institutions in the UK at an institutional level and through History Research Wales.
Research Centres & Networks
The Department leads and is involved in a number of research centres
- Cardiff Centre for the Crusades
- Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture
- Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study for Science, Medicine and the Imagination (CISSMI) Research Group
- Centre for Welsh American Studies
Staff in the Department are also involved in a number of cross-School research networks: