Dr Neil Fleming

Principal Lecturer in Modern History

History, Politics and Sociology

Contact Details

email: n.fleming@worc.ac.uk

Neil Fleming is an historian of Britain, Ireland and empire since the nineteenth century. He has published widely and is currently engaged on a number of projects which include a study of metropolitan imperialism and government policy.

Teaching & Research


Neil Fleming joined the University of Worcester in January 2011. He previously held lectureships at Cardiff University, Queens University Belfast, and Glasgow Caledonian University, and was the 16th Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History, Westminster College, Missouri.

Research Students

Angela Coss
Lisa Davies
Anna Muggeridge
Linda Pike

Former Research Students

Dr Jody Crutchley
Dr Erika Delgado

Erasmus Teaching

Karlstad University, Sweden
University of Turku, Finland
University of Avignon, France
Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

Current Research

Neil Fleming is leader of the International Studies Research Group, University of Worcester.
His research is in modern British History, Irish History, metropolitan imperialism and Media History. He has been awarded stipendiary Research Fellowships at University College Dublin and Queens University Belfast to pursue his own research interests. In 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Current research projects include the Conservative right and imperialism, British foreign policy debates, and class and power in Irish Unionism. He has presented his work at seminars in Columbia University, New York; University of Toronto; Institute of Historical Research, London; Boston College; and conferences across the UK and USA.

Professional Bodies

Fellow, Royal Historical Society

Honorary Research Fellow, Cardiff University

Associate Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Member, Workers Educational Association

Member, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Executive Committee member and Steering Committee member, History UK

Fellow, Higher Education Academy



Britannias Zealots, Volume I:Tradition, Empire and the Forging of the Conservative Right (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018)

Charles Stewart Parnell and His Times: A Bibliography (Santa Barbara, CA, 2011) (with Alan O'Day)

Ireland and Anglo-Irish Relations since 1800: Critical Essays (3 vols, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008) (with Alan ODay)

The Longman Handbook of Modern Irish History since 1800 (London: Pearson, 2005) (with Alan ODay)

The Marquess of LondonderryAristocracy, Power and Politics in Britain and Ireland (London: I.B. Tauris, 2005)


'Women and Lancashire Conservatism between the Wars', Women's History Review, 26:3 (2017): 329-349

'Lancashire Conservatives, Tariff Reform, and Indian Responsible Government', Contemporary British History, 30:2 (2016): 151-176

'Conquest, Empire and the Struggle for Supremacy', War in History, 23:2 (2016): 251-256

'The Imperial Maritime League: British Navalism, Conflict and the Radical Right', c. 19071920, War in History, 23.3 (2016): 296-322

'Diehard Conservatives and the Appeasement of Nazi Germany', 19351940, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, 100:341 (2015): 412-435

'Political extremes and extremist politics', Political Studies Review, 12:3 (2014): 395401

'Diehard Conservatism, mass democracy, and Indian constitutional reform, c. 1918-1935', Parliamentary History, 32:2 (2013): 337-60

'Cabinet government, British imperial security, and the World Disarmament Conference, 19321934' War in History, 18:1 (2011): 6284

"Incorrigibly plural: new histories of Ulster and Northern Ireland", Twentieth Century British History, 21:1 (2010): 11017

'Echoes of Britannia: television history, empire and the critical public sphere', Contemporary British History, 25:1 (2010): 1-22

'The press, empire and historical time: the Times and Indian self-government, c.1911-1947', Media History, 16:2 (2010): 1911-1947

'The first government of Northern Ireland, education reform, and the failure of anti-populist unionism', 1921-1925, Twentieth Century British History, 18:2 (2007): 146-69


'Education since the late eighteenth century', in Liam Kennedy and Phillip Ollerenshaw (eds), Ulster since 1600: Politics, Economy, and Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013): 211-227

(with Alan ODay) 'Accommodation, conciliation and cooperation: a Gladstonian legacy', in D. George Boyce and Alan ODay (eds), Gladstone and Ireland: Politics, Religion and Nationality in the Victorian Age (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010): 23355

'Gladstone and the Ulster Question', in D. George Boyce and Alan ODay (eds), Gladstone and Ireland: Politics, Religion and Nationality in the Victorian Age (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010): 14061

'Leadership, the middle-classes and Ulster unionism since the late nineteenth century', in Fintan Lane (ed.), Politics, Society and the Middle Class in Modern Ireland (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009): 21229

'Aristocratic appeasement: Lord Londonderry, Nazi Germany, and the promotion of Anglo-German misunderstanding', Cardiff Historical Papers, 4 (Cardiff: Cardiff University, 2007): 136

'The landed elite, power, and Ulster Unionism', in D. George Boyce and Alan ODay (eds), The Ulster Crisis, 18851921 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006): 86104

'Landlords, power and loyalism in late-Victorian Ulster', in Christine Kinealy and Roger Swift (eds), Politics and Power in Victorian Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006): 14354

'Old and new Unionism: The seventh Marquess of Londonderry', 19051921, in D.George Boyce and Alan ODay (eds), Ireland in Transition, 18671921 (London: Routledge, 2004): 22340

'Lord Londonderry and Ulster politics', 19216, in Joost Augusteijn, Mary Ann Lyons and Deirdre McMahon (eds), Irish History: A Research Yearbook, 2 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003): 7280

Shorter articles

'Dr Alan O'Day (1940-2017): Historian of Ireland', Perspectives on History: The Magazine of the American Historical Association, 55:9 (2017)

'The rise of Women Conservatives in inter-war Lancashire', Conservative History Journal, 2:5 (2017): 12-16

'Conservatives, Patriotism and State Intervention: An Edwardian Inheritance', History & Policy (13 Oct. 2016)

'Brexit, the Commonwealth and the Problem of Imperial Nostalgia', History & Policy (8 July 2016)

'The Conservative Right, Europe and Anti-Americanism', History & Policy (22 April 2016)

'Sunday Blues: Conservatives, Religion and Party Identity', History & Policy (31 March 2016)

'Diehard Conservatives: Southern English or Four Nations?', Four Nations History Network Blog (26 Feb. 2016)

'Revolting Grassroots: Conservative Prime Ministers and the Party Membership', History Matters (10 Feb. 2016)

'Scaremonger or Patriot? Lionel Horton Smith and War with Germany', British Library Untold Lives Blog (1 Sept. 2015)

'Stanley Baldwin, The Times, and Indian self-government', Conservative History Journal, 2:2 (2013): 812

'Tory rebels: The inevitability of backbench revolts', History & Policy (31 May 2012)

'A change of mind? [part 2] Churchill on India', Memo: The Winston Churchill Memorial and Library in the United States, 33 (Winter, 2010): 1013

'A change of mind? [part 1] Churchill on Ireland', Memo: The Winston Churchill Memorial and Library in the United States, 31 (Summer, 2009): 1012

'Aristocratic rule? Ulster unionism and Northern Ireland', History Ireland, 15.6 (Nov./Dec., 2007): 2631

'The Londonderry Herr: Lord Londonderry and the appeasement of Nazi Germany', History Ireland, 13.1 (Jan./Feb., 2005): 3135

New Ireland, same old heroes, Fortnight, 405 (June 2002): 33

'Lord Londonderry and education reform in 1920s Northern Ireland', History Ireland, 9.1 (Spring, 2001): 3639

External Responsibilities

External Examiner, PhD in History, University of Ulster (2018)

External Examiner, BA Hons in History, Bath Spa University (2017-20)

External Examiner, PhD in History, University of Ulster (2017)

External Assessor, REF Preparation Exercise, Department of History, University of Bristol (2017)

Research Officer, History UK (2017-)

Peer Reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan (2012 and 2013)

Executive Committee Member, British International History Group (2012-17)

Executive Committee Member, British Fulbright Scholars Association (2011-14)

Peer Reviewer, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2010)

Technical Editor, John Wiley & Sons (2005)

Peer reviewed articles for Twentieth Century British History, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Irish Historical Studies, Media History,Women's History Review and Parliamentary History