Dr Steve Thompson BA, PhD(Cymru)
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Dr Steven Thompson BA, Ph.D (Wales) is a historian of the modern period with specific interest in the history of Wales and Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research interests include the history of medicine, the provision of welfare, and labour history. His current research is focused on the mixed economy of medical and welfare provision in south Wales from c.1780 to 1950. He also has research interests in the history of carnival, music and musical culture in Wales, and the history of sport.
- HA10620 - Y Dirwasgiad Mawr: Hanes Cymharol America a Phrydain
- HA21820 - Concro’r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
- HA26620 - Menywod a’r Berthynas rhwng y Rhywiau ym Mhrydain, c.1800-1950
- HA36620 - Menywod a’r Berthynas rhwng y Rhywiau ym Mhrydain, c.1800-1950
- HC22320 - Y Rhyfel Mawr trwy Lygaid y Cymry
- HP37420 - Bywyd a Gwaith ym Meysydd Glo Prydain, 1842-1914 (Rhan 1)
- HP37520 - Bywyd a Gwaith ym Meysydd Glo Prydain, 1914-1948 (Rhan 2)
- HC12120 - Trobwyntiau yn Hanes Cymru
- HA30300 - Traethawd Estynedig
- HA30340 - Traethawd Estynedig
- HA12120 - Cyflwyno Hanes
- HY13420 - Cradle to Grave? Welfare and Society in Modern Britain
- CF37520 - Datblygiad Meddygaeth Fodern, C.1750-2000
- HA10620 - Y Dirwasgiad Mawr: Hanes Cymharol America a Phrydain
- HY10620 - America and Britain During the Great Depression
- WH11620 - From Revolution to World War: Wales 1789-1914
Steven Thompson teaches modules in modern British and American history, and contributes to a number of core modules and team-taught modules. He teaches on modules from the first year to MA level.
Aspects of the history of medicine, the South Wales Coalfield, and the modern history of Wales more generally.
Steven Thompson is interested in the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Wales and Britain and has specific research interests in the history of health and medicine, the provision of social welfare, women and gender, and the labour movement. All of these interests come together in the large-scale research project in which he is currently engaged. This project focuses on the mixed economy of medical and welfare services in industrial south Wales from the late eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. It aims to evaluate the provision made by public authorities, voluntary and philanthropic organisations, self-help and mutualist organisations, employers, and families and neighbourhood networks.
He also has research interests in the folk-song revivals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and is keen to pursue a comparative approach to the English and Welsh revivals. Other areas of interest include the history of carnival in urban south Wales in the twentieth century, housing and building societies in Wales, and the history of sport.
He is a Co-Investigator on the Wellcome Trust-funded research project Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields 1780-1948 (www.dis-ind-soc.org.uk) and, as convenor of the south Wales strand of the project, has organised a public lecture, a disability history roadshow and a professionals' workshop, and is co-authoring a number of scholarly articles.
He has been editor of Llafur, Welsh People's History Society Journal since 2008. More information about the Society and the journal can be found at www.llafur.org.
Disability and the Family in South Wales Coalfield Society, c.1920–1939. Family and Community History 20 (1) pp. 25-44. Cadair2017.
‘“This is the country of premature old men”: Ageing and Aged Miners in the South Wales Coalfield, c.1880-1947’. Cultural and Social History 12 (4) pp. 587-606. Cadair2016.
‘The Mixed Economy of Care in the South Wales Coalfield, c.1850-1950’. In (eds) Healthcare in Ireland and Britain from 1850: voluntary, regional and comparative perspectives . Institute of Historical Research, London pp. 141-60. Cadair2015.
Paying the Piper and Calling the Tune?: Complaints against doctors in workers’ medical schemes in the South Wales Coalfield. In (eds) Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine : Historical and Social Science Perspectives. Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness Taylor & Francis, London pp. 93-108. Cadair2015.
‘A plentiful crop of cripples made by all this progress’: Disability, Artificial Limbs and Working-Class Mutualism in the South Wales Coalfield, 1890-1948’. Social History of Medicine 27 (4) pp. 708-727. Cadair2014.
The mixed economy of child welfare and care in industrial South Wales. In (eds) Disabled Children: Contested Caring, c.1850-1979. Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine Pickering & Chatto pp. 43-57. Cadair2012.
The Friendly and Welfare Provision of British Trade Unions: A Case Study of the South Wales Miners' Federation. Labour History Review 77 (2) pp. 189-210. Cadair2012.
Varieties of Voluntarism in the South Wales Coalfield, 1880-1948. In (eds) Understanding the Roots of Voluntary Action: Historical Perspectives on Current Social Policy. Sussex Academic Press pp. 82-94. Cadair2011.
'Brodyr trwyadl mewn tywydd garw': Welfare provision and the social centrality of the South Wales Miners' Federation. Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review 24 (4) pp. 141-167. Cadair2009.
The Bicycling Craze of the 1890s in Wales. Trafodion Anrhydeddus Gymdeithas y Cymmrodorion | Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion 14 pp. 114-126. Cadair2008.
Unemployment, Poverty and Women's Health in Inter-War South Wales. In (eds) Health and Society in Twentieth-Century Wales. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Cardiff pp. 98-122. Cadair2006.
Unemployment, Poverty and Health in Interwar South Wales. Studies in Welsh History, no. Book 25 Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press2006.
‘Conservative bloom on socialism's compost heap': Working-Class Home Ownership in South Wales, c.1890-1939. In (eds) From Medieval to Modern Wales: Historical Essays in Honour of Kenneth O. Morgan and Ralph A. Griffiths. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press pp. 246-263.2004.
A Proletarian Public Sphere: Working-class provision of medical services and care in South Wales, c.1900-1948. In (ed) Medicine in Wales, c.1800-2000: Public Service or Private Commodity? Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press pp. 86-107.2003.
To relieve the sufferings of humanity, irrespective of party, politics or creed?: Conflict, consensus and voluntary hospital provision in Edwardian south Wales. Social History of Medicine 16 (2) pp. 247-262.2003.