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Professor David Dickson

Fellow Emeritus (History)


Fellow Emeritus (Centre for Irish-Scottish Studies)

A graduate of the University of Dublin, I was a Junior Research Fellow in the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast, before being appointed a lecturer in the Dept. of Modern History. Elected a Fellow of TCD in 1990, I served as Head of the Department of Modern History from 1995 to 1998 and retired as Professor of Modern History in 2017. I served as University Registrar from 2004 to 2007, and as a member of the Governing Body of the Dublin Institute of Technology and of the Marino Institute of Education during those years and subsequently. I was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2006. I was a founding editor of the journal 'Irish Economic and Social History', and was President of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland from 2002 to 2008. I was also a co-founder of the African Studies Association of Ireland. I acted as PI of the PRTLI-funded Irish Scottish Studies Programme (1999-2006), and was Director of the TCD Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies (later the TCD Centre for New Irish Studies) until 2017. I was awarded a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship by the Irish Humanities and Social Science Research Council for 2002-3, and was a PI of the IRCHSS-funded 'Ireland, Empire and Education' Project between 2008 and 2010. I have published extensively on the social, economic and cultural history of Ireland in the long eighteenth century. Past collaborative research projects have included the demographic history of eighteenth-century Ireland; the comparative history of famine in Ireland; the social history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Dublin; the 1798 Irish rebellion; and Ireland's entanglement with empire.
  Ireland and Africa since 1870   Irish urban history, Dublin and Cork   Social and economic history of Ireland 1650-1850
 The Moore Letters Project
 The Irish first cities

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Governing Body, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2004-7 Governing Body, Marino Institute of Education, 2004-17 Council of the Royal Irish Academy 2015-16 Irish Manuscripts Commission 2009-17
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
French Medium Basic Basic
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Royal Irish Academy; Economic and Social History Social of Ireland; Irish Historical Society; African Studies Association of Ireland
David Dickson, The First Irish Cities: An Eighteenth-Century Transformation, First, New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 2021, 1 - 336pp, Book, PUBLISHED
'Editorial Preface, 2020' in, editor(s)Charles Benson , The Dublin book trade, 1801-1850, 2021, Bibliographical Society, London, and The Lilliput Press, 2021, ppxiii - xv, [David Dickson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
David Dickson, What happened to modern Irish urban history?, Urban History, 46, (1), 2019, p10 - 20, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Dickson, 'Cork's new town (1780) and its afterlife', Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, 22, 2019, p42 - 51, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Society and economy in the long eighteenth century in, editor(s)James Kelly , The Cambridge History of Ireland, III: 1730-1880, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp153 - 178, [David Dickson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
'Town and city' in, Eugenio F. Biagini & Mary E. Daly , The Cambridge social history of modern Ireland, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp112 - 128, [David Dickson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
'"Seven sisters?" The seaport cities of mid-eighteenth century Ireland' in, Thomas M. Truxes , Ireland, France and the Atlantic in a time of war, Abington, Routledge, 2017, pp93 - 107, [David Dickson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
'Novel spectacle? The birth of the Whiteboys, 1761-2' in, D.W. Hayton & Andrew R. Holmes, , Ourselves Alone? Religion, society and politics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ireland: Essays presented to S.J. Connolly, Dublin, Four Courts, 2016, pp61 - 83, [David Dickson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
David Dickson and David Fleming, 'Charles O'Hara's Observations on County Sligo, 1752-1773', Analecta Hibernica, 46, 2015, p85 - 119, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
David Dickson, Dublin: The making of a capital city, North American [2nd.], Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 2014, 1 - 718pp, Book, PUBLISHED

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'Best of times, worst of time' in, editor(s)Djinn von Noorden , Malton's views of Dublin: The story of a Georgian city, Dublin, Martello Publishing, 2021, pp85 - 89, [David Dickson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Foreword in, editor(s)C.J. Woods , Charles Abbot's tour through Ireland and North Wales in 1792, Dublin, Edmund Burke Publishers, 2019, ppvii - ix, [David Dickson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
'Foreword' in, editor(s)Young, Amy Mabel , 'Three hundred years in Innishowen, being... an account of the Young family of Culdaff, Dublin, Edmund Burke, 2018, ppv - ix, [David Dickson], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


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Winner of the 2005 J. S. Donnelly sr. History Book Prize, American Conference for Irish Studies, for 'Old world colony: Cork and South Munster 1630-1830' . Elected to the Royal Irish Academy, 2006
GENERAL INTERESTS: Social and economic history of Ireland; the history of Irish cities; Ireland and colonial Africa; the environmental history of Ireland and Scotland. CURRENT RESEARCH: 'The Moore project': the preparation of an annotated edition of the extensive correspondence of a middle-class Derry family between the 1790s and the 1840s, conducted with their siblings and relatives in Dublin, Baltimore and beyond. Sligo and its hinterland in the century 1760-1860.