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Dr Gary Rivett

Lecturer in History and American Studies

School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Originally from south London, Dr Gary Rivett received his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2010. From 2010-2013, Gary was the Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Leverhulme Trust-funded International Research Network, The Comparative History of Political Engagement in Western and African Societies, which was based at the University of Sheffield in the Centre for the Study of Democratic Study. He is currently Lecturer in Early Modern History at York St John University. He is also Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Sheffield.

Gary’s research interests centre on the social, intellectual, cultural and political history of early modern Britain, and include an interest in political and print cultures during the English civil wars, revolution and commonwealth; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century historical consciousness, scholarship and writing; the history of institutions, information-gathering and surveillance; and the discourses and practices of peace and peace-making in seventeenth-century Britain. He has longstanding interests in historical, social and memory theory and concepts of time and change.

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Latest Publications

  1. Rivett, Gary (2012) English Newsbooks, Storytelling and Political Criticism: Mercurius Aulicus and the Solemn League and Covenant, September–October 1643. Media History, 19 (1). pp. 3-16.
  2. Rivett, Gary (2013) Peacemaking, Parliament, and the Politics of the Recent Past in the English Civil Wars. Huntington Library Quarterly, 76 (4). pp. 589-615.
  3. Rivett, Gary (2015) Activism, Mobilisation and Political Engagement: Comparative Historical Perspectives: Activism, Mobilisation and Political Engagement. Journal of Historical Sociology, 28 (1). pp. 1-10.
  4. Rivett, Gary and King, Laura (2015) Engaging People in Making History: Impact, Public Engagement and the World Beyond the Campus. History Journal Workshop, 80 (1). pp. 218-233.
  5. Rivett, Gary (2017) Revivifying and Reconciling the State: Peacemaking and Narrative Hegemony in Post-Civil-War England, 1646-7. In: Tribout, Bruno and Mourlon, Fabrice and Deslandes, Karine, (eds.) Civil War and Narrative : testimony, historiography, memory. Palgrave, pp. 175-190