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School of History

Dr Ian Stewart


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow



I am an intellectual and cultural historian of Britain, Ireland, and France in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. After completing degrees in History at Durham (BA) and King’s College London (MA), I finished my PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2018. I taught there and at Cambridge University before joining Queen Mary as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in January 2019.

Undergraduate Teaching

HST4308 – Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801


Research Interests:

Broadly speaking, I am interested in the way ideas are shaped by their cultural and political contexts over long periods of time and in turn how those ideas influence cultural and political developments. My overarching intellectual project at the moment examines the role of linguistic ideas in the development of national thought and racial theory in western Europe. My PhD thesis ‘Titans of the Early World: Celtic Ideas and National Thought in Britain, Ireland, and France, 1700-1900’ was in effect a case study of this process. I am currently preparing the manuscript for publication as a monograph entitled Ancient Celts and Modern Nations: A History of Celtic Ideas. At Queen Mary, I have begun to examine more closely the relationship between the development of linguistics and anthropology in Britain and France in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.


Peer-reviewed articles

  • ‘The Mother Tongue: Historical Study of the Celts and their Language(s) in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland’, Past & Present no. 243 (May, 2019), pp. 71-107.
  • ‘E.E. Fournier d’Albe’s Fin de siècle: Science, Nationalism and Monistic Philosophy in Britain and Ireland’, Cultural & Social History vol. 14, no. 5 (December, 2017), pp. 599-620.
  • ‘Of crofters, Celts and claymores: The Celtic Magazine and the Highland cultural nationalist movement, 1875-1888’, Historical Research vol. 89, no. 243 (February, 2016), pp. 88-113.

Entries and Chapters

  • ‘Celticism and the Four Nations in the Long Nineteenth Century’, in N. Lloyd-Jones and M. Scull (eds.), Four Nations Approaches to Modern ‘British’ History: A (Dis-) United Kingdom? (Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2018), pp. 135-59.
  • ‘Fournier d’Albe, Edmund Edward’, in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Published online: 12 April 2018, 2018).


Current PHD Students

  • David Klemperer – The Ideological Crisis of French Socialism, c.1930 – c.1950