Dr Brian Young

Featured Publication

Co-edited with Richard Whatmore, A Companion to Intellectual History (Chichester, John Wiley & Sons, 2016)

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A Companion to Intellectual History provides an in–depth survey of the practice of intellectual history as a discipline. Forty newly–commissioned chapters showcase leading global research with broad coverage of every aspect of intellectual history as it is currently practiced.

  • Presents an in–depth survey of recent research and practice of intellectual history
  • Written in a clear and accessible manner, designed for an international audience
  • Surveys the various methodologies that have arisen and the main historiographical debates that concern intellectual historians
  • Pays special attention to contemporary controversies, providing readers with the most current overview of the field
  • Demonstrates the ways in which intellectual historians have contributed to the history of science and medicine, literary studies, art history and the history of political thought
  • British intellectual history since 1660
  • Art, literature, and music since 1660
  • Religious thought since 1660

Current DPhil Students

  • Alvin Chen
  • William Kelley
  • Renzhi Li

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students regarding Intellectual and religious history.

I currently teach:


Historiography British History V and VI
British History VI and VI GH X
Theories of the State The Science of Society, 1650-1800
Revolution and Empire Victorian Intellect and Culture
  Disciplines of History
  English Architecture, 1660-1720


  • Hellenism, Hebraism, and Heathenism in Nineteenth-Century England: Connop Thirlwall, George Grote, and the religions of antiquity

  • Addison and the Victorians

  • The Counter-Enlightenments of Thomas Carlyle

  • 'Reading at Intervals': Britten's Romantic Poetry

  • A.G. MacDonell's 'England, their England'