Phil Harling

  • Professor
  • Gaines Professor of the Humanities
  • Director, Gaines Center for the Humanities
  • History
  • Year of Civics and Citizenship in the 21st Century
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Ph.D., Princeton, 1992


Phil Harling is a specialist in modern British history. His current research interests include the land question in Britain and the Empire (c. 1850-1914), citizenship and the state in Britain (1832-present), and other issues pertinent to British political culture in the late-Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian eras. He regularly offers graduate seminars on Britain in the "long" eighteenth century (1688-1815), the "long" nineteenth century (1793-1914), and the British Empire (1763-1914).

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Selected Publications: 



  • "The State: Central and Local Government," in Chris Williams (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century British History (Blackwell, 2004)
  • "Parliament, The State, and 'Old Corruption': Conceptualizing Reform, c. 1790-1832," in Arthur Burns and Joanna Innes (eds.), Rethinking the Age of Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
  • "Enlightenment and Revolution in Tory Journalism, 1800-32," Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (forthcoming)
  • "Equipoise Regained? Recent Trends in British Political History, 1790-1867," Journal of Modern History, 75, no. 4 (December 2003), pp. 890-918.
  • "The Law of Libel and the Limits of Repression, 1790-1832," Historical Journal, 44,1 (2001), pp. 107-34.
  • "Robert Southey and the Language of Social Discipline," Albion, 30, 4 (Winter 1998), pp. 630-55.
  • "The Georgian Political Firmament," Journal of British Studies, 37, 1 (January 1998), pp. 91-8.
  • "William Hazlitt and Radical Journalism," Romanticism, 3 (1997), pp. 53-65.
  • "Leigh Hunt's Examiner and the Politics of Language," English Historical Review, 111, no. 444 (November 1996), pp. 1159-81.
  • "The Duke of York Affair (1809) and the Complexities of War-Time Radicalism," Historical Journal, 39, 4 (1996), pp. 963-84.
  • "The Politics of Administrative Change in Britain, 1780-1850," Jahrbuch fur Europ√§ische Verwaltungsgeschichte (Baden Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 1996), pp. 191-212.
  • "Bolstering Elite Authority in the Age of Revolution: Retrenchment and Economical Reform during the Pittite 'Hegemony', 1793-1830," Selected Papers of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe (1995), pp. 86-93.
  • "Rethinking 'Old Corruption,'" Past and Present, 147 (May 1995), pp. 127-58.
  • "From Fiscal-Military State to Laissez-Faire State, 1760-1850" (with Peter Mandler), Journal of British Studies, 32 (January 1993), pp. 44-70.
  • "The Power of Persuasion: Central Authority, Local Bureaucracy, and the New Poor Law," English Historical Review, 107, no. 422 (January 1992), pp. 30-53.
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