My PhD looks at how early modern people resolved disputes, informally, without litigating. I touch on themes of legal pluralism, the relationship between communities and the role of the early modern state.
I am also interested in history and emotions, the ethics of history-writing, history and sociology, and historical linguistics.
I love interdiscplnary study, and remain convinced that the best way to move the discipline forward is to look to other areas of study.
I come from Stockton-on-Tees in the North-East of England—and I try to keep my connection to the North East.
I did my BA and MA at Durham University, supervised by Andy Wood and Natalie Mears.
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Birch, D., 1 Jul 2021
Supervisor: Gowing, L. (Supervisor) & Wood, A. (External person) (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy