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My primary research interests lie in the political and intellectual history of Britain since 1850. I've written on class, popular political economy, Victorian scandals and trade union legislation. My monograph British political culture and idea of 'public opinion', 1867-1914 examines how Britons understood 'public opinion' prior to the rise of polling, and what this tells us about the political culture of the period. My current research reconstructs the visual culture of British politics from the 1860s to the 1930s through posters, banners, films and photographs. I also work on the history of numeracy, and on the impact of new technology on culture and society in modern Britain. I collaborate with colleagues in AI on 'big data' research using historical sources.
Dr Thompson welcomes research proposals in all areas of modern British history. He is particularly interested in proposals addressing modern British intellectual history and political culture.
I contribute to a number of team taught units on both the BA in History and the MA in History. This year I am teaching on:
Political Culture and Communication in Modern Britain (Level 2)
Britain's Long Nineteenth Century (Level 3)
Sexualities (Level 3)
4/09/12 → 4/02/13
Thompson, J., Feb 2020, The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press: Volume 2 Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900. Finkelstein, D. (ed.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, Vol. 2. p. 545-548
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a book
Review of Martin Thomas and Richard Toye, Arguing about Empire: Imperial Rhetoric in Britain and France, 1882-1956Thompson, J., 2 Apr 2019, In: American Historical Review. 124, 2, p. 742-743
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review (Academic Journal) › peer-review
Thompson, J., 12 Feb 2019, In: Global Intellectual History. 4, 1, p. 19-34 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile121 Downloads (Pure)
Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts, workshop ‘The final countdown: writing about numeracy and numbers
James Thompson (Speaker)31 May 2028
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course