History links with South Africa strengthened following award of British Academy Fellowship

| History, Humanities

We are delighted to announce that Dr Lindie Koorts (University of the Free State, South Africa) and Dr Matt Graham (University of Dundee) as co-investigator have been successful in achieving a British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship recently.  The fellowship is worth £111k over 3 years for their project on 'The Age of Opportunism: Paul Kruger’s Transvaal, 1886-1899'.   The project will see a range of activities hosted by the Scottish Centre for Global History at the University of Dundee and the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State in South Africa. As...

'The Spanish Resurgence 1713-1748' - new book by Dr Christopher Storrs

| Books, European Studies, History, Humanities

A new book by Dr Christopher Storrs, Reader in History at the University of Dundee, has recently been published by Yale University Press.  The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748 is a major reassessment of Philip V’s leadership and what it meant for the modern Spanish state. Often dismissed as ineffective, indolent, and dominated by his second wife, Philip V of Spain (1700–1746), the first Bourbon king, was in fact the greatest threat to peace in Europe during his reign. Under his rule, Spain was a dynamic force and expansionist power, especially in the Mediterranean world. Campaigns in Italy an...

History students study Camperdown Collection documents in Dundee City Archives

| American Studies, History, Humanities, Students

Nearly two hundred first year History students – all of them taking the ‘Rise of Atlantic Empires’ module at the University of Dundee – visited the Dundee City Archives recently in order to examine materials in the so-called Camperdown Collection.  This unique collection of materials still belongs to the Duncan family, who once owned Camperdown House and Camperdown Park in Dundee.  The students were given access to maps, letters and account books relating to the settlement of New Smyrnea in East Florida in the period 1766-1777.  The Duncan family invested heavily in t...

Creative writing students and staff continue to shine

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

We were delighted to hear more success stories recently involving our creative writing staff and students. Postgraduate student Sarah Isaac won second prize in the Short Story competition at the Wells Festival of Literature, which took place in October 2016.  She received £200 for her short story ‘Souterrain’.  Sarah is currently a postgraduate student taking modules in the Writing, Practice & Study programme at the University of Dundee.  The Wells Festival of Literature is an annual event that has been running since 1992 with an objective to promote the enjoyment and t...

New book - Immortal Memory: Burns and the Scottish People

| Books, History

Last month saw the launch of an important new book on Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. Immortal Memory: Burns and the Scottish People is the first ever history of Burns' 'afterlife'; his impact on Scotland and the Scots from the time of his death in 1796. Written by Professor Christopher Whatley OBE, Professor of Scottish History in the University of Dundee’s School of Humanities, the book was introduced to the reading public at Dundee's Literary Festival and the National Trust for Scotland's Robert Burns Birthplace Museum at Alloway, near Ayr. The publishers of the book John Donald (Birlinn) ...