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Matthew McCormack


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Matthew developed an interest in British history as an undergraduate at York and as postgraduate and ESRC postdoctoral fellow at Manchester. His PhD on the idea of ‘independence’ in Georgian England started out as a study in political culture, but increasingly became focused on issues of gender as he tried to understand the role of masculinity in debates about citizenship.

Matthew arrived in Northampton in 2004 and is now Professor of History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

Matthew built on his doctoral work by focusing upon the wider relationships between politics, war and masculinity in modern Britain. His first book, The Independent Man, explored the ways in which political and personal freedom were conceived of in terms of ‘manly independence’, particularly in relation to the vote. He examined this further in a textbook, Citizenship and Gender in Britain, 1688-1928.

Matthew has also worked on the social and cultural history of the military in the long eighteenth century. He explored the themes of gender and citizen soldiering in Embodying the Militia in Georgian England. More recently, he has focused on material culture, thinking about shoes in relation to masculinity and the body.

He edited Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2015-20) and sits on the Council of the Northamptonshire Record Society.


Ruth Barton; History

Comfort in the country house

Kerry Love; History

Political literature in Georgian Britain

Kathrina Perry; History

Philanthropy in the Northampton boot and shoe industry

Martyn Green; History

Motivations of Volunteers in Napoleonic Britain

Abbie Hofbauer; History

Northamptonshire Country Houses, 1560-1640

Teaching Interests

Matthew teaches on a range of modules relating to his research on British history:

  • Themes and Perspectives in History
  • Power and Protest in British Society
  • Citizenship and Gender in Britain, 1760-1918
  • Narrating the Nation: Rethinking Modern British History
  • MA History Research Methods

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Innovations in teaching the eighteenth century

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Project: ResearchCharitable Funding

Shoes and buckles at the Georgian court

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Project: ResearchOther External Funding

The Origins of Leather

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Project: EnterpriseOther External Funding

Research Output

Citizenship and Gender in Britain, 1688-1928

McCormack, M., 20 Jun 2019, Abingdon: Routledge. 204 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • A man's sphere? British politics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

    McCormack, M., Fletcher, C. (ed.), Brady, S. (ed.), Moss, R. E. (ed.) & Riall, L. (ed.), 8 Feb 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe. London: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 247-264 465 p. (Palgrave handbooks).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

    Open Access
  • Boots, material culture and Georgian masculinities

    McCormack, M., 28 Sep 2017, In : Social History. 42, 4, p. 461-479 18 p., 4.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • The militia lists and family history

    McCormack, M., 1 Jan 2017, In : East Midlands History and Heritage. Jan 2017, 4

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
    Open Access
  • Activities

    Numbering the fighting men: population, bodies and the Militia lists of the eighteenth century

    Matthew McCormack (Speaker)

    19 Nov 2013

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarResearch

    Press / Media

    18th Century Now!

    Matthew McCormack


    1 item of Media coverage