Amy Edwards

Department of History
Teaching Fellow in Modern British History

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I am a social and political historian of twentieth century Britain, with a particular interest in changing political ideologies.


  • BA Medieval and Modern History (Birmingham, 2011)
  • MA Social Research (Social and Economic History) (Birmingham, 2012)


I have been at Birmingham throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate studies and have recently been appointed as a Teaching Fellow in the department of History. My current research focuses on popular capitalism and the financial services market.


Second year:

  • Why We Hate Politics: Political Activism in Contemporary Britain
  • History in Theory and Practise
  • Research Methods

Third year:

  • Dissertation supervision
  • Of Rice and Men: NGOs and Humanitarian since 1945
I have also previously taught the first year survey course, Making of the Contemporary World, 1815 – 2000.


My research concerns the dissemination of ‘Thatcherism’, not only by the Conservative Party, but also by a variety of institutions, organisations and individuals in the late twentieth century. In particular it focuses on the evolving relationship between the individual and the concept of private ownership during the 1980s, with a particular emphasis on the popularisation of individual share-ownership.

Other activities

I am a student ambassador for the Economic History Society, and am also a copy editor for the Journal of History and Cultures.