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Professor Antony Taylor

Professor of Modern British History


I am a Professor of Modern British History at Sheffield Hallam University. I am primarily a historian of nineteenth-century Britain. My areas of expertise are in nineteenth-century popular politics, republicanism, anti-monarchism and monarchism, the history of ideas, and metropolitan history. I have written widely in the areas of post-Chartist politics, radical historical memory, the uses of the past by politicians operating on the British political platform and in regard to the print culture of the radical underworld. I have also examined the connections between thriller writers, sensation fiction, and popular politics in a number of articles and in a recent monograph. In more current work I have begun to explore transnational exchanges between progressives in Britain, the Nordic countries and in New Zealand.

  • About

    Antony Taylor is a modern British historian working in the field of popular politics, historical memory and commemoration, and the history of platform radicalism in Britain and the broader empire. He has written widely on the themes of British republicanism, opposition to aristocracy, and the debates surrounding the expansion of the franchise in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His most recent book ‘London’s Burning’: Pulp Fiction, the Politics of Terrorism and the Destruction of the Capital in British Popular Culture, 1840-2005 (Bloomsbury, 2012), locates moral panics about terrorism and its impact in a historical context and considers the role of popular fiction in disseminating fears about political violence and state subversion. Antony Taylor has wide interests in transnationalism, migration, and comparative models of political activity. He is currently engaged in a research project on transnationalism and welfare reform that draws on collaborations with colleagues in Australia. Tony has proved instrumental in the opening up of the field of Australian Studies as an area for teaching and research in British universities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

    British political history, metropolitan history, history of ideas, thriller writing

  • Teaching

    Department of Humanities

    Social Sciences and Humanities


    BA History and BA English and History

    Level 5: ‘The Cold War Era’ and ‘London: Literary and Historical Perspectives, 1728-1914’; Level 6: ‘Australia: Penal Settlement to Nation, 1788-2000’ and ‘Community Engagement and Civic Activism’.

  • Research

    • Humanities Research Centre

    Transnational exchanges between Britain, the Nordic countries and New Zealand
    Radical historical memory and the uses of the national past
    utopian communities in Britain and the wider world in the late nineteenth-century

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA


    ‘”Godless Edens”: Surveillance, Eroticised Anarchy and Depraved Communities in Britain and the Wider World c. 1880-1939’ in Jessica Pileyi, Harald Fischer-Tiné and Robert Kramm-Masaoka (eds.), Fighting Drink, Drugs and ‘Immorality’: Global Anti-Vice Activism c.1890-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

    ‘”Sectarian Secret Wisdom” and Nineteenth-Century Radicalism: The First International in London and New York’ in Fabrice Bensimon (ed.) The First International in History and Memory (Brill, 2016).

    Articles in Journals

    ‘The Whiteway Anarchists in the Twentieth-Century: A Transnational Community in the Cotswolds’, History, vol. 101 (January, 2016), pp. 1-22.

    ‘Chinese Emigration to Australia around 1900: A Re-examination of Australia’s Great White Walls’, History Compass, 11/2 (2013), pp. 1-13

    ‘”The Old Chartist”: Radical Veterans On the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Political Platform’, History, 95 (October 2010), 458-76.

    Articles in Edited Volumes

    ‘“And I am the God of Destruction!”: Fu Manchu and the Construction of Asiatic Evil in the Novels of Arthur Sarsfield Ward’ in Tom Crook, Rebecca Gill and Bertrand Taithe (eds.), Evil, Barbarism and Empire: Britain and Abroad, c.1850-c.2000 (Palgrave, 2011), pp.73-95.

    ‘Supervillains: The Genealogy of Bond's Adversaries in the Novels of Ian Fleming' in Christian Krug and Jonathan Frenk (eds.) The Cultures of James Bond (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Germany, 2011).

    ‘”Heaven on Earth was a Hell in Reality”: Reflections on William Lane’s New Australia in Britain’ in Renata Summo O’Connell (ed.) Imagined Australia: Reflections around the Reciprocal Construction of Identity between Australia and Europe (Peter Leng, Bern, 2009), pp. 171-84.

    Review Article

    ‘The Workshop of Democracy’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 17 (2012), 556-559.


    ‘Lords of Misrule’: Hostility to Aristocracy in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century (Britain (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004). 230 pages.

    ‘Down with the Crown’: British Anti-Monarchism and Debates about Royalty since 1790 (Reaktion, 1999). 296 pages.

    Co-edited Books

    Matthew Cragoe and Antony Taylor (eds), London Politics: 1760-1914 (Palgrave, 2005). 250 pages.

    David Nash and Antony Taylor (eds.), Republicanism in Victorian Society (Sutton, 2000). 176 pages.

    J. Breuilly, A. Taylor and G. Niedhart (eds) The Era of the Reform League: English Labour and Radical Politics from Chartism to the Reform League, 1857-72:Documents selected by Gustav Mayer (Historisches Institut – Universtat Mannheim,1995), 370 pages.

    Articles in Edited Volumes

    ‘An Aristocratic Monarchy and Popular Republicanism 1830- 1940 ’ in Andrjez Olechnowicz (ed), The Monarchy and the British People, 1780 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 188-219.

    With Matthew Cragoe, ‘Introduction’ and ‘Conclusion’ to Cragoe and Taylor (eds.), London Politics, 1760-1914 (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005), pp. 1-17 and 233-42.

    ‘Post-Chartism: Metropolitan Perspectives on the Chartist Movement in Decline, 1848-1880’ in Matthew Cragoe and Antony Taylor (eds.) London Politics, 1760-1914 (Palgrave- Macmillan, 2005), pp. 75-96.

    ‘After Chartism: Metropolitan Perspectives on the Chartist Movement in Decline’ in Michael Turner (ed.) Reform and Reformers in Nineteenth Century Britain (University of Sunderland Press, 2004), pp. 117-36.

    ‘Medium and Messages: Republicanism’s Traditions and Preoccupations’ in D. Nash and A. Taylor (eds.), Republicanism in Victorian Society (Sutton, 2000), pp. 1-11.

    ‘The Nauseating Cult of the Crown’: Republicanism, Anti- monarchism and Post-Chartist Politics, 1870-75’ in David Nash and Antony Taylor (eds), Republicanism in Victorian Society (Sutton, 2000), 51-70.

    ‘Commemoration, Memorialisation and Political Memory in Post-Chartist Radicalism: The 1885 Halifax Chartist Reunion in Context’ in Owen Ashton, Robert Fyson and Stephen Roberts (eds.) The Chartist Legacy (Merlin, 1999), 255- 85.

    ‘Republicanism Reappraised: Anti-monarchism and the English Radical Tradition 1850-1872’ in James Vernon (ed.), Re-reading the Constitution: New Narratives in the Political History of England’s Long Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 154-78.

    Articles in Journals

    ‘”A Melancholy Odyssey among London Public Houses”: ‘Radical Club-Life and the Unrespectable in Mid-Nineteenth Century London’, Historical Research, 77 (Jan. 2005), 1-22.

    ‘Radical Funerals, Burial Customs, and Political Commemoration: The Death and Posthumous Life of Ernest Jones’, Humanities Research (Australian National University) 10 (2004), 29-39.

    ‘Pig-Sticking Princes’: Royal Hunting, Moral Outrage, and the Republican Opposition to Animal Abuse in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Britain’, History, 89 (2004), 30-48.

    ‘Shakespeare and Radicalism: The Uses and Abuses of Shakespeare in Nineteenth Century Popular Politics’, Historical Journal, 45 (2002), 357-379.

    With Luke Trainor, ‘Monarchism and Anti-monarchism: Anglo-Australian Comparisons c.1870-1901’, Social History, 24 (1999), 158-73.

    ‘”The Best Way to Get what He Wanted”: Ernest Jones and the Boundaries of Liberalism in the Manchester Election of 1868’, Parliamentary History, 16 (1997), 185-204.

    ‘”Commons-Stealers”, “Land-Grabbers” and “Jerry-Builders”: Space, Popular Radicalism, and the Politics of Public Access in London, 1848-1880’, International Review of Social History, 40 (1995), 383-407.

    ‘Reynolds’s Newspaper, Opposition to Monarchy, and the Radical Anti-Jubilee: Britain’s Anti-monarchist Tradition Reconsidered’, Historical Research, 68 (1995), 318-37.

    ‘Palmerston and Radicalism 1847-1865’, Journal of British Studies, 33 (1994), 157-179.

    Review Article

    ‘New Views of an Old Moral World: An Appraisal of Robert Owen’, Labor History, 36 (1) (1995), 88-94.

    Works of Reference

    Essay on ‘Victorian Republicanism’ in David Loades et al (eds) Reader’s Guide to British History (Taylor and Francis, 2002), 324-7.

  • Other activities

    2016: Chair of the Open University Revalidation Panel, BA History, the American College of Greece, Athens.

    2010-16. External Adviser, Management Committee, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, Trinity and All Saints University, Leeds.

    2013: External panel adviser for the Periodic Programme Review of all current Arts provision at the Open University at the Walton Hall Campus.

    2013: Internal Process Panel Member and Adviser, Open University Revalidation Panel, BA History with Combined Studies, the American International University in London, Richmond.

    2010-13: External Examiner, BA History, Anglia-Ruskin University, Cambridge.

    2009: External Panel Member, Programme Review and Revalidation Panel, BA History, Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Postgraduate supervision

    ‘A Willing Herbivore? The BBC and the Festival of Britain, 1951’. Director of Studies.

    ‘Popular Culture, Literature and Empire in the Inter-War Period’. Director of Studies.

    ‘Creating and Depicting the ‘Hong Konger’ between 1898 and 1997’. Director of Studies.

    ‘The Popular Front and the British Radical Tradition’. Director of Studies.

    ‘The Employment of POWs in Britain, 1944-1948’, 2nd Supervisor.

    ‘Transnational British Fascism’ (co-supervisor with The University of Middlesborough)

    ‘From Sheffield to Raleigh: International Publishing Networks in the Long Eighteenth Century' (Ph.D, 2011). Director of Studies

    ‘ Local Authority Healthcare in Sheffield, 1918-1948’ (Ph.D, 2009). Director of Studies

    ‘Wilfred Lawson: Attitudes to British Imperial and Foreign Policy’ (Ph.D, 2008). 2nd supervisor

    ‘Holberry: The Making of a Screenplay Placed in a Theoretical Context’ (M.Phil, 2003). 2nd supervisor

  • Media

    I have written for the national press and appeared on both national television and radio discussing a range of subjects, notably opposition to the monarchy, the origins of the Labour Party reform of parliamentary institutions and militant environmental politics. .

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