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Dr Barbara Crosbie

Associate Professor (Early Modern British History)

Associate Professor (Early Modern British History) in the Department of History
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies


Barbara specialises in British social and cultural history, with a particular interest in age relations. A monograph published in May 2020 investigates generational transition in eighteenth-century England, looking at how experiences of age were enmeshed with perceptions of gender, rank, and place, and the extent to which these conflated social categories influenced attitudes towards concepts of authenticity, nationhood, patriarchy, domesticity, and progress. Two current projects look at the use of domestic space over the life course and the longevity of sibling relationship. Her future research plans are focused on youth culture and the concept of ‘youthquakes’, and will investigate the part age relations played in the construction of identities in the British Empire c.1760-1820, with specific reference to gender, class, race, nationhood, and locality. 

Barbara is Book Review Editor for Continuity and Change and is also a convenor of the Social History Society Life Cycle Strand. 

Research interests

  • Age relations, life cycle, youth transition
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Household and family
  • Print culture, education, geo-social relations, popular politics


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