W. A. Speck

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William Arthur Speck (born Bradford, 1938) is a British historian specialising in late 17th and 18th-century British and American history.

He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and The Queen's College, Oxford, gaining a BA in 1960 and a D.Phil in 1966.[1] He is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Leeds and a Special Professor in the School of English Studies at the University of Nottingham where he co-convenes an Interdisciplinary Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar.

Works[edit]

  • Tory and Whig: The Struggle in the Constituencies 1701-1715 (Macmillan, 1970).
  • Stability and Strife: England, 1714-60 (Edward Arnold, 1977).
  • The Butcher: The Duke of Cumberland and the Suppression of the 45 (Blackwell, 1981; second edition, 2013).
  • ‘Whigs and Tories dim their glories: English political parties under the first two Georges’, in John Cannon (ed.), The Whig Ascendancy. Colloquies on Hanoverian Britain (Edward Arnold, 1981), pp. 51–70.
  • The Reluctant Revolutionaries: Englishmen and the Revolution of 1688 (Oxford University Press, 1988).
  • The Birth of Britain: A New Nation, 1700-1715 (Oxford:Blackwell, 1994)
  • Literature and Society in Eighteenth-Century England, 1680-1820: Ideology, Politics and Culture (1998).
  • James II (Longman, 2002).
  • Robert Southey. Entire Man of Letters (2006).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ John Cannon (ed.), The Whig Ascendancy. Colloquies on Hanoverian Britain (Edward Arnold, 1981), p. xii.