John Belchem

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John Belchem

Born (1948-05-30) May 30, 1948 (age 71)
OccupationEmeritus Professor of History, University of Liverpool
Academic background
EducationBA (hons) 1970, D.Phil 1974
Alma materUniversity of Sussex
Academic work

John Belchem is an emeritus British professor whose work covers popular radicalism in 19th Century Britain, Irish migration, the Isle of Man and modern history. He is considered to have made an "outstanding" contribution to different facets of the history of Liverpool.[1]

Academic career[edit]

He served as Head of the School of History, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool.[2][3] He is presently Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Labour History.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Belchem's 1985 work on Henry Hunt made a "major contribution to our understanding" of political strategies of progressive movements in 19th Century Britain.[5] Industrialization and the Working Class (1990) was viewed as a "lucid and wide-ranging survey of recent works on working-class movements and their context."[6] Popular Radicalism in Nineteenth-Century Britain (1996) was reviewed as an "excellent work" and a "valuable guide" to the literature on Chartism and the origins of the Labour Party.[7] Merseypride (2000), a collection of essays on the history of Liverpool, is considered to be a "valuable work...of a consistently high standard."[8] His Irish, Catholic and Scouse (2007) was noted to have made a "vital contribution to the historiography of the Irish in Britain."[9]

Other activities[edit]

He was a consultant on Mike Leigh's 2018 film Peterloo.[10]

In 2017 he was appointed to the Liverpool Mayor's task force which successfully ensured that the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site status was not repealed when under review in 2018.[11][12]

Awards and honours[edit]

Belchem was made a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1987 and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.[13][2][3]

Selected works[edit]

  • "Orator" Hunt: Henry Hunt and English Working-Class Radicalism, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1985.
  • Class, Party, and the Political System in Britain, 1867–1914, Basil Blackwell (Oxford, England), 1990.
  • Industrialization and the Working Class: The English Experience, 1750–1900, Gower Publishing (Brookfield, VT), 1990.
  • Popular Radicalism in Nineteenth-Century Britain, St. Martin's (New York, NY), 1996.
  • Merseypride: Essays in Liverpool Exceptionalism, Liverpool University Press (Liverpool, England), 2000. ISBN 9780853237150
  • Irish, Catholic and Scouse: The History of the Liverpool-Irish, 1800-1939, Liverpool University Press (Liverpool, England), 2007. ISBN 9781846311079
  • Before the Windrush: Race Relations in Twentieth-century Liverpool, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 2014 ISBN 9781846319679


  1. ^ Waller, Philip (2015-08-01). "Before the Windrush: Race Relations in Twentieth-Century Liverpool, by John Belchem". The English Historical Review. 130 (545): 1050–1052. doi:10.1093/ehr/cev152. ISSN 0013-8266.
  2. ^ a b "Belchem, John (Charles) 1948– |". Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  3. ^ a b "John Belchem - University of Liverpool". Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  4. ^ SSLH. "Society officers". Society for the Study of Labour History. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  5. ^ Sykes, Robert (1987). "Review of Orator Hunt, Henry Hunt and English Working-Class Radicalism". Social History. 12 (2): 253–256. ISSN 0307-1022. JSTOR 4285605.
  6. ^ Stevenson, John (1994). "Review of Industrialization and the Working Class: The English Experience, 1750-1900". The English Historical Review. 109 (431): 483–484. ISSN 0013-8266. JSTOR 574128.
  7. ^ Rule, John (1996). "Review of Popular Radicalism in Nineteenth-Century Britain". The Economic History Review. 49 (4): 840–841. doi:10.2307/2597989. ISSN 0013-0117. JSTOR 2597989.
  8. ^ Davies, Sam (2003). "Review of Merseypride: Essays in Liverpool Exceptionalism". The English Historical Review. 118 (476): 539–541. doi:10.1093/ehr/118.476.539. ISSN 0013-8266. JSTOR 3490211.
  9. ^ Macpherson, D. A. J. (2008). "Review of Irish, Catholic and Scouse: The History of the Liverpool Irish, 1800-1939". The Economic History Review. 61 (4): 1011–1012. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.2008.00447_13.x. ISSN 0013-0117. JSTOR 40057675.
  10. ^ "John Belchem". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  11. ^ "Liverpool creates World Heritage taskforce". Liverpool Express. 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  12. ^ "Liverpool retains World Heritage status". BBC. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  13. ^ "Current Fellows and Members". RHS. Retrieved 2019-11-09.