British history at Indiana combines the strong British, European and Atlantic strengths of the History Department with unique cross-disciplinary opportunities--the nationally acclaimed programs in Victorian Studies and in Eighteenth-Century Studies. The Victorian Studies program is based in the English department, which also houses the journal Victorian Studies, the leading journal in the field. The Center for Eighteenth-century Studies (currently directed by a historian of Britain, Dror Wahrman) is an interdisciplinary program that brings together some twenty faculty members from several departments across the humanities, notably English and History. Both interdisciplinary programs offer Ph.D. minors that our students often take to complete their outside minor field requirement.
In 2005-2006 there were about a dozen graduate students in the Indiana University British history field. Current dissertation topics range widely: eighteenth-century consumerism, especially of Asian exotics, in relation to the birth of the modern notion of interior design; issues of religion, science and history in British and French encounters with the Near East in the long eighteenth-century; George Whitfield and transatlantic evangelicalism; nineteenth-century perceptions of the problems of the modern city as expressed in efforts to reform cemeteries, sewers and parks; issues of religion and consumerism in the first half of the nineteenth-century; the memory of the slave trade in Victorian Britain; white masculinities in relation to understandings of the Boers in late nineteenth-century South Africa; British medical practices in the tropics.