Dr Ian Stewart

PhD Alumnus

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About me

I am an intellectual and cultural historian of Britain, Ireland, and France in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These themes are explored in my PhD thesis ‘Titans of the Early World: Celtic Ideas and National Thought in Britain, Ireland, and France, 1700-1900’. I studied History at Durham University (BA) and King’s College London (MA) before beginning my PhD at the LSE.

Thesis title

'''The Titan of the Early World': Celtic Ideas and National Thought in Britain, Ireland and France, 1700-1900"

Dr Ian Stewart graduated from the PhD programme at the end of 2017.

Expertise Details



Peer-reviewed articles


Entries and Chapters

  • ‘Fournier d’Albe, Edmund Edward’, in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Forthcoming, 2017).
  • ‘Celticism and Four Nations History’, in N. Lloyd-Jones and M. Scull (eds.), Four Nations Approaches to Modern ‘British’ History: A (Dis)united Kingdom? (Palgrave, forthcoming, 2017).

Academic papers

  • ‘The Key to all Celtologies: The Early-Modern History of the Celtic Language(s) and the Origins of Celtic Studies’, Oxford Celtic Studies Seminar, University of Oxford, UK, 25 February 2018 [Invited Speaker]
  • Celtomanie?: Re-historicising the Celtic past in late eighteenth-century France’, France, Europe and the World: Society for the Study of French History 31st Annual Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 26 June 2017
  • ‘In defence of antiquarianism: reflections on some long-lost letters’, Paper Trails: Materials, Serendipity, and the Social Life of Archives, University College London, UK, 19 June 2017
  • ‘Rebuilding the Tower of Babel: The Historical Study of Language in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, Workshop in the History of Political Thought, Queen Mary University of London, UK, 16 June 2017 [Invited Speaker]
  • ‘The Celts, Scholarship, and National Ideas, c. 1500-1900’, 27th Conference, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthony D. Smith and the Future of Nationalism: Ethnicity, Religion and Culture, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, 28 April 2017
  • 'The Celts, their language, and the politics of the past in early modern historical thought', Early Career Seminar in the History of Political Ideas, Institute of Historical Research, London, UK, 1 February 2017 [Invited Speaker]
  • ‘Pageantry and Pan-Celticism, 1838-1907’, History in the Limelight: dramatising the past, c. 1850 to the present, University College London, UK, 9 September 2016
  • Europa Celtica and the decline of a common European descent, c.1750-1812’, Rethinking Europe in Intellectual History, University of Crete, Greece, 3 May 2016
  • ‘E.E. Fournier d’Albe and scientific monism in the fin-de-siècle’, The Modern British History Seminar, The Institute of Historical Research, London, 26 November 2015
  • ‘A Flash in the Pan-(Nationalisms) c. 1900’, Nations and Nationalism: Past, Present and Future, University College Dublin, Ireland, 11 June 2015
  • ‘Celticism and Four Nations History, c. 1860-1920’, Four Nations History Conference, King’s College London, UK, 11 February 2015