Professor Paul O'Leary
Phone: +44 (0)1970 622842
Dr Paul O'Leary, BA, PhD (Wales), is a specialist in the history of 19th and early twentieth-century Wales, especially its social and cultural histories. Among other topics, he has written on Irish migration, the history of minority ethnic groups, on urban history and the history of sport. He is currently interested in the international dimensions to the history of Wales by exploring relationships with Ireland, analyzing the impact of imperialism on Welsh life and by studying French-language interpretations of 19th century Wales. He was co-manager of the AHRC-funded Ireland-Wales International Research Network and is co-editor (post-1700) of the Welsh History Review. He is a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College. He is also Director of Welsh Language and Culture in the Institute of Geography, History and Politics.
- WH11420 - Wales in an Age of Revolution, 1770-1850
- HC11420 - Cymru yn Oes y Chwyldro, 1770-1850
- WH34130 - Modern Welsh Society, 1868-1950
- HC34130 - Cymdeithas Cymru Fodern, 1868-1950
- WH34230 - National Identities in the British Isles, 1801-1914
- HC34230 - Hunaniaethau Cenedlaethol yn Ynysoedd Prydain, 1801-1914
- HY31220 - Sport, Leisure and Popular Culture in Britain since 1850
- HY30230 - Special subject: the Irish in Britain, c.1830-1922
- WHM1920 - The Making of Modern Wales
- HCM1220 - Dosbarth a Chymuned yng Nghymru, c.1850-1950
- WHM1220 - Class and Community in Wales, 1850 - 1939
- HYM0410 - Skills and sources of the historian: Picturing the Past
- Paul has extensive experience of postgraduate supervision, having supervised successfully more than thirty postgraduate dissertations on a wide variety of topics in the social, cultural and political history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly in relation to the histories of Wales and the British Isles. The topics studied include aspects of urban history, the history of minority ethnic groups, religious history, political cultures, the history of policing and aspects of the comparative histories of Wales, Ireland and France. He is happy to discuss proposals for future research projects.
A Tolerant Nation? Revisiting Ethnic Diversity in a Devolved Wales., Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru2015.
Town and Nation: Writing Urban Histories in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth- Century Wales. H. Pryce, N. Evans (Eds.) Writing a Small Nation's Past., Ashgate Publishing Group2013.
Film, History and Anti-Semitism: Solomon & Gaenor (1999) and Representations of the Past. North American Journal of Welsh Studies 7 pp. 38-52. Other2012.
Claiming the Streets: Processions and Urban Culture in South Wales, c.1830-1880., Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru2012.
Public Intellectuals, Language and Cultural Nationalism in Ireland and Wales: Douglas Hyde and Saunders Lewis. Irish Studies Review 17 (1) pp. 5-18. 10.1080/096708808026581092009.
Mass commodity culture and identity: the Morning Chronicle and Irish migrants in a nineteenth-century Welsh industrial town. Urban History 35 (2) pp. 237-254. 10.1017/S09639268080054762008.
Processions, Power and Public Space: Corpus Christi at Cardiff, 1872-1914. The Welsh History Review Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru 24 (1) pp. 77-101.2008.
Networking Respectability: Class, Gender and Ethnicity among the Irish in South Wales, 1845-1914. E. Delaney, D. MacRaild (Eds.) Irish Migration, Networks and Ethnic Identities since 1750., Taylor & Francis pp. 63-74. Cadair2007.
Arming the Citizens: the Volunteer Force in Nineteenth-Century Wales. M. Cragoe, C. Williams (Eds.) Wales and War: Society, Politics and Religion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries., Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru pp. 63-81. Cadair Other2007.
Religion, Nationality and Politics: Disestablishment in Ireland and Wales, 1868-1914. J. Guy, W. Neely (Eds.) Contrasts and Comparisons: Studies in Irish and Welsh Church History., Gomer Press pp. 89-112.1999.
Of Devolution, Maps and Divided Mentalities: Deconstructing a New National Icon. Planet: The Welsh Internationalist 127 pp. 7-12.1998.
Accommodation and Resistance: A Comparison of Cultural Identities in Ireland and Wales, c.1880-1914. S. Connolly (Eds.) Kingdoms United? Great Britain and Ireland since 1500., Four Courts Press pp. 123-134.1998.
From the Cradle to the Grave: Popular Catholicism among the Irish in Wales. P. O'Sullivan (Eds.) Religion and Identity: The Irish Worldwide., Octopus Publishing Group pp. 183-195. Other1996.
Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1992. The Welsh History Review Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru 17 (2) pp. 304-311. Other1994.
'Trais a Thwyll a Cherddi': Y Gwyddelod yng Nghymru, 1798-1882. G. Jenkins (Eds.) Ysgrifau ar hanes Cymru. Cof Cenedl, Gomer Press pp. 129-162.1994.
Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1991. The Welsh History Review Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru 16 (4) pp. 597-604. Other1993.
Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1990. The Welsh History Review Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru 16 (2) pp. 280-288. Other1992.
The Enemy Without: Policing and Class Consciousness in the Miners' Strike. Journal of Law and Society 19 (2) pp. 284-292. Other1992.
Anti-Irish Riots in Wales, 1826-1882. Llafur 5 (4) pp. 27-36.1991.
Immigration and the Growth of Pontypridd, 1841-1914. B. Tobin, J. Davies (Eds.) The Bridge and the Song., pp. 19-27.1991.
The Irish in Wales: The Integration of a Minority. CEDPATH 90: The Irish in Britain., Department for Education pp. 24-26.1990.
Irish Immigration and the Catholic 'Welsh District', 1840-1850. G. Jenkins, J. Smith (Eds.) Politics and Society in Wales, 1840-1922: Essays in Honour of Ieuan Gwynedd Jones., Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru pp. 29-45.1988.
'Syndicalist Teachers' in the Rhondda 1913-1919: A Comment. Llafur 4 (3) pp. 80-84.1986.
The Welsh Political Archive. Llafur 4 (2) pp. 101-102.1985.