Dr Paul O'Leary

Senior Lecturer
BA, PhD (Wales), FRHistS Photograph of Dr Paul O'Leary.

Contact

Email: ppo@aber.ac.uk
Office: B19
Phone: 2842

Teaching Areas

Dr O'Leary teaches widely in both the Welsh and English languages, from the first year through to Masters courses and PhD supervision. His areas of specialism are the social, cultural and political history of Wales, Britain and Ireland between the late eighteenth century and the mid-twentieth century. He offers a Special Subject on Irish migrants in Britain, c.1830-1922. He has extensive experience of postgraduate supervision, having supervised successfully more than thirty postgraduate dissertations. He has collaborated with the National Library of Wales on their project to digitize sources relating to the First World War.

(a)  Welsh Medium

HC11420: Cymru yn Oes y Chwyldro, 1773-1850

HC34130: Cymdeithas Cymru Fodern, 1868-1950

HC34230: Hunaniaethau Cenedlaethol yn Ynysoedd Prydain, 1801-1914

HCM1220: Dosbarth a Chymuned yng Nghymru, c.1850-1950

(b)  English medium

WH11420: Wales in an Age of Revolution, 1770-1850

WH34130: Modern Welsh Society, 1868-1950

WH34230: National Identities in the British Isles, 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

WHM1220: Class and Community in Wales, 1850 - 1939

HYM0410: Skills and sources of the historian: Picturing the Past

 

 

Biography

 

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.

 

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Paul O'Leary CV

Staff Publications

Major Publications

Claiming the Streets: Processions and Urban Culture in South Wales, c.1830-1880 (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2012).

My Struggle for Life by Joseph Keating [1916], (University College Dublin Press, 'Classics in Irish History' series, Dublin, 2005), 308pp. New edition with a critical 'Introduction'.

Irish Migrants in Modern Wales (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2004). (editor and contributor).

A Tolerant Nation? Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Wales (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2003; revised edition 2014), co-edited with Charlotte Williams and Neil Evans.

Immigration and Integration: the Irish in Wales, 1798-1922 (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2000).

Wales One Hundred Years Ago (Sutton Publishing, 1999), co-authored with R. Iestyn Hughes.

 

Publications

2013

‘Foreword to the new edition: Conflict and co−operation: The Jews of South Wales and the study of Welsh Jewry’, in Ursula R. Q. Henriques (ed.), The Jews of South Wales: Historical Studies (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013), pp. vii-xviii.

‘Town and nation: writing urban histories in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Wales’, in Neil Evans and Huw Pryce (eds), Writing a Small Nation's Past: Wales in Comparative Perspective, 1850-1950 (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2013), pp. 209-22.

‘Party and protest: life in the street in modern Welsh history’ in Huw V. Bowen (ed.), Buildings and Places in Welsh History: A New History of Wales (Llandysul: Gomer, 2013), pp. 154-62.

2012

Claiming the Streets: Processions and Urban Culture in South Wales, c.1830-1880 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press), 241pp.

‘Film, History and Anti-Semitism: Solomon & Gaenor (1999) and Representations of the Past’, North American Journal of Welsh Studies, Vol. 7 (2012), 38-52.

http://welshstudiesjournal.org/article/view/25

‘Irish migrants in Wales’ in H. V. Bowen (ed.), Heroes and Villains in Welsh History: A New History of Wales (Llandysul: Gomer, 2012), pp. 92-8.

‘Order! Order? The lives of George Thomas, Viscount Tonypandy’ in H. V. Bowen (ed.), Heroes and Villains in Welsh History : A New History of Wales (Llandysul: Gomer, 2012), pp. 176-82.

2011

‘Keating, Joseph (1871–1934)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, May 2011 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/101153]

‘Davies, George Maitland Lloyd (1880–1949)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, May 2011 (jointly with Jen Llywelyn) [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/58]

‘Os historiadores e a “nova” história britânica’ in Peter Lambert and Phillipp Schofield (eds), História: Introdução ao Ensino e à Prática (São Paulo, Penso, 2011), pp. 249-61.

2009

‘Public Intellectuals, Language and Cultural Nationalism in Ireland and Wales: Douglas Hyde and Saunders Lewis’, Irish Studies Review, 17, No. 1 (2009), 5-18.

2008

‘Mass commodity culture and identity: the Morning Chronicle and Irish migrants in a nineteenth-century Welsh industrial town’, Urban History, 35, No. 2 (2008), 237-54.

‘Processions, Power and Public Space: Corpus Christi at Cardiff, 1872-1914’, Welsh History Review, 24, No. 1 (2008), 77-101.

‘The Problems of Political Biography: the Lives of George Thomas, Viscount Tonypandy (1909-1997)’, Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion 2007, Vol. 14 (2008), 162-74.

‘“Peerless”: the life and legend of Jim Driscoll (1880-1925)’ in Peter Stead and Gareth Williams (eds.), Welsh Fighting Class: A Nation and its Boxers (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2008), pp. 17-31.

Contributions to: The Welsh Academy Encyclopedia of Wales, ed. Nigel Jenkins (London, Collins, 2008).

Contributions to: Gwyddoniadur Cymru yr Academi Gymreig, ed. John Davies, Menna Baines (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2008).

2007

'Networking Respectability: Class, Gender and Ethnicity among the Irish in South Wales, 1845-1914' in Enda Delaney and Donald M. MacRaild (eds), Irish Migration, Networks and Ethnic Identities since 1750 (London, Routledge; August 2007).

'Arming the Citizens: The Volunteer Movement in Nineteenth-Century Wales' in Matthew Cragoe and Chris Williams (eds), Wales at War: Society, Politics and Religion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Cardiff, University of Wales Press; 2007), pp. 63-81.

'Wales, 1798-1914' in John Merriman and Jay Winter (eds), Encyclopedia of Europe,
1798-1914 (New York, Charles Scribner's and Sons; 2007).

2006

'Brithwaith o Ddiwylliannau: Lleiafrifoedd Ethnig yn Hanes Cymru Fodern' yn Geraint H. Jenkins (ed.), Cof Cenedl XXI (Llandysul, Gomer Press, 2006), pp. 95-128.

' 'All the trappings of a Great State Occasion': The Ceremonial Opening of the Senedd', Planet: the Welsh Internationalist, 179 (Oct.-Nov. 2006), 30-7 (with Neil Evans).

2005

Reprint of: My Struggle for Life by Joseph Keating [1916], (University College Dublin Press, 'Classics in Irish History' series, Dublin, 2005), 308pp. New edition with a critical 'Introduction'.

'When Was Anti-Catholicism? The Case of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Wales,' Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 56, No. 2 (April 2005), pp. 307-25.

'Networking Respectability: Class, Gender and Ethnicity among the Irish in South Wales, 1845-1914', Immigrants and Minorities, Volume 23, Nos 2/3 (2005), 255-75.

 2004

'Historians and the New British History' in Peter Lambert and Phillipp Schofield (eds.), Making History: An Introduction to the History and Practices of a Discipline (London, Routledge, 2004), pp. 215-26.

'Masculine Histories: Gender and the Social History of Modern Wales', Welsh History Review, Vol. 22, No. 2 (2004), 56-81.

'A Tolerant Nation? Anti-Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Wales', in R. R. Davies and Geraint H. Jenkins (eds), From Medieval to Modern Wales: Historical Essays in Honour of Kenneth O. Morgan and Ralph A. Griffiths (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2004), pp. 197-213.

Irish Migrants in Modern Wales (Liverpool, Liverpool University Press; 2004), editor.

'The Cult of Respectability and Irish Migrants in South Wales' in Paul O'Leary (ed.), Irish Migrants in Modern Wales (Liverpool, Liverpool University Press; 2004), pp. 119-38.

'Introduction: Towards Integration: the Irish in Modern Wales' in Paul O'Leary (ed.), Irish Migrants in Modern Wales (Liverpool, Liverpool University Press; 2004), pp. 1-8.

Contribution to The Encyclopedia of Ireland, ed. Brian Lalor (Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2004).

2003

'Skill and the Workplace in an Industrial Economy: the Irish in South Wales' in John Belchem and Klaus Tenfelde (eds.), Polish and Irish Migration in Comparative Perspective (Essen, Klartext, 2003), pp. 57-68.

A Tolerant Nation? Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Wales (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2003), co-editor.

'Introduction: Race, Nation and Globalisation' (with Neil Evans and Charlotte Williams) in A Tolerant Nation? Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Wales (eds.), Neil Evans, Paul O'Leary and Charlotte Williams (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2003), pp. 1-13.

'Playing the Game: Sport and Ethnic Minorities in Modern Wales' (with Neil Evans) in A Tolerant Nation? Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Wales, (eds.), Neil Evans, Paul O'Leary and Charlotte Williams (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2003), pp. 109-24.

2002

'Offeiriaid Llydewig a'r Ymgais i Efengylu'r Cymry', Y Cylchgrawn Catholig, XIV (2002), 39-44.

2000

Immigration and Integration: the Irish in Wales, 1798-1922 (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2000), 340pp.

'The Languages of Patriotism in Wales, 1840-80' in Geraint H. Jenkins (ed.), The Welsh Language and Social Domains in the Nineteenth Century, 1801-1911 (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2000), pp. 533-60.

'The Great Famine and After: Irish Migration to Britain in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries', Reviews in History, on-line journal of the Institute of Historical Research's School of Advanced Study, May 2000. http://www.ihrinfo.ac.uk/reviews/.

1999

Wales of One Hundred Years Ago, co-author R. Iestyn Hughes, (Sutton Publishing, 1999).

'A Regional Perspective: the Famine Irish in South Wales' in Roger Swift and Sheridan Gilley (eds.), The Irish in Victorian Britain (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 1999), pp.14-28.

'Ieithoedd Gwladgarwch yng Nghymru, 1840-80', in Geraint H. Jenkins (ed.), 'Gwnewch Bopeth yn Gymrae': Y Gymraeg a'i Pheuoedd, 1801-1911 (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1999), pp. 501-26.
['The Languages of Patriotism in Wales, 1840-80']

'Religion, Nationality and Politics: Disestablishment in Ireland and Wales, 1868-1914' in John R. Guy and W. D. Neely (eds.), Contrasts and Comparisons: Studies in Irish and Welsh Church History (Llandysul, Gomer Press, 1999), pp. 89-112.

1998

'Accommodation and Resistance: A Comparison of Cultural Identities in Ireland and Wales, c.1880-1914' in S. J. Connolly (ed.), Kingdoms United? Great Britain and Ireland since 1500 (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 1998), pp. 123-34.

'Of Devolution, Maps and Divided Mentalities: Deconstructing a New National Icon', Planet: the Welsh Internationalist, 127 (Feb/March, 1998), 7-12.

 1996

'From the Cradle to the Grave: Popular Catholicism among the Irish in Wales' in Patrick O'Sullivan (ed.), Religion and Identity: The Irish Worldwide Vol. V (London/ New York, Leicester University Press, 1996), pp. 183-95.

1994

''Trais a Thwyll a Cherddi': Y Gwyddelod yng Nghymru, 1798-1882' in Geraint H. Jenkins (ed.), Cof Cenedl IX (1994), pp. 129-62.

'Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1992', Welsh History Review, 17, No. 2 (1994), 304-311.

1993

'Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1991', Welsh History Review, 16, No. 4, (1993), 597-604.

1992

'The Enemy Without: Policing and Class Consciousness in the Miners' Strike', Journal of Law and Society, 19, No. 2 (1992), 284-92.

'A Tolerant Country? Immigrants, Refugees and Minorities in Britain', Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 13, No. 3 (1992), 302-6.

'Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1990', Welsh History Review, 16, No. 2 (1992), 280-88.

1991

'Anti-Irish Riots in Wales, 1826-1882', Llafur, Journal of Welsh Labour History, 5, No. 4 (1991), 27-36.

'Immigration and the Growth of Pontypridd, 1841-1914', in B. S. Tobin and J. I. Davies (eds.), The Bridge and the Song (Bridgend, 1991), pp. 19-27.

1990

'The Irish in Wales: The Integration of a Minority', CEDPATH 90: The Irish in Britain (London, Department of Education and Science, 1990), pp. 24-6.

1988

'Irish Immigration and the Catholic 'Welsh District', 1840-1850', in G. H. Jenkins and J. B. Smith (eds.), Politics and Society in Wales, 1840-1922: Essays in Honour of Ieuan Gwynedd Jones (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1988), pp. 29-45.

1985

'Syndicalist Teachers in the Rhondda, 1913-1919', Llafur: the Journal of Welsh Labour History, 4, No. 3 (1985), 80-4.

'The Welsh Political Archive', Llafur: the Journal of Welsh Labour History, 4,
No. 2 (1985), 101-2.