Biography

 

 

I am Reader in Modern History here at UEA, and I research and write on minorities, migration and the state. As Britain’s leading historian of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, my work contributes directly to histories of state expansion, migration, ideologies and violence as well as histories of empire, xenophobia and identity. As a social and medical historian I explore intersections between national, imperial and international structures in the regulation of migration, refugee movements, public health and welfare. My books, A Minority and the State: Travellers in Britain in the Twentieth Century (Manchester: MUP, 2008) and Another Darkness, Another Dawn: A History of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (Reaktion: London, 2014), both construct a history of these communities and set them within wider historical trends and processes. With Ben Rogaly I was part of the ESRC Identities and Social Action programme with our project ‘Deprived white community? Social action in three Norwich estates, 1940-2000’, which resulted in the jointly authored Moving Histories of Class and Community: Identity, Place and Belonging in Contemporary England (Basingstoke, 2009), republished in paperback in April 2011. A Wellcome Institute Research Fellowship for my project ‘Public Health and Outsiders: British responses to refugees in the twentieth century’ has supported my growing interest in refugee histories. and how their reception in Britain sheds light onto broader historical trends, and I am currently writing a book, entitled The Britain they Entered: Refugees to Britain in the Twentieth Century, stemming from this research. This charts the arrival of different cohorts of refugees to Britain, and considers what their arrival can tell us about fundamental changes in British society over the period.

I have an interest in different methodological approaches to history, particularly combining oral histories and archival methodologies and of collaborative interdisciplinary research. I have an established track record of working with policy makers, third sector organisations and community groups and extensive online, radio, television and print media experience communicating the importance of history to general audiences.

I welcome applications from post-graduate students interested in researching histories of the modern state, and minorities, marginalised  and vulnerable peoples, including Roma/ Gypsy/ Traveller populations, refugees and migrants.

All Publications

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Taylor, B.

(2016)

Immigration, Statecraft and Public Health: The 1920 Aliens Order, Medical Examinations and the Limitations of the State in England

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(Article)


Taylor, B.

(2016)

"Their only words of English were 'thank you'": rights, gratitude and ‘Deserving’ Hungarian Refugees to Britain in 1956

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(Article)


Taylor, B.

(2016)

Must We Divide History into Periods? By Jacques Le Goff. Translated by M. B. DeBevoise. Columbia University Press. 2015. xiv + 160pp. £20.00

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(Book/Film/Article review)


Rogaly, B., Taylor, B.

(2015)

For the likes of us? Retelling the classed production of a British university campus

UEA Repository

(Article)


Taylor, B.

(2014)

Another Darkness, Another Dawn: A History of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

UEA Repository

(Book)


Taylor, B.

(2014)

A Change of Heart? British Policies towards Tubercular Refugees during 1959 World Refugee Year

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(Article)


Clark, C., Taylor, B.

(2014)

Is nomadism the ‘problem’?: The social construction of Gypsies and Travellers as perpetrators of ‘anti-social’ behaviour in Britain

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(Chapter)


Rogaly, B., Taylor, B.

(2014)

Finding common ground against disadvantage: challenging the ethnicization of class

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(Chapter)


Rogaly, B., Taylor, B.

(2012)

'They called them communists then.../what d’you call ’em now?... /Insurgents?’ Narratives of British military expatriates in the context of the new imperialism

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(Chapter)


Sliwa, M., Taylor, B.

(2011)

Migration and working life trajectories in a (post-)socialist context

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(Article)


Taylor, B., Sliwa, M.

(2011)

Polish Migration: Moving Beyond the Iron Curtain

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(Article)


Levene, A., Powell, M., Stewart, J., Taylor, B.

(2011)

Cradle to Grave: Municipal Medicine in Interwar England and Wales

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(Book)


Rogaly, B., Taylor, B.

(2010)

They called them Communists then...what d’you call ‘em now?... Insurgents?': Narratives of British military expatriates in the context of the new imperialism

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Taylor, B.

(2010)

Hearing difference, writing difference

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Porter, M., Taylor, B.

(2010)

Gypsies and Travellers

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(Chapter)


Rogaly, B., Taylor, B.

(2009)

Moving Histories of Class and Community: Identity, Place and Belonging in Contemporary England

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(Book)


Rogaly, B., Taylor, B.

(2009)

I don’t want to be classed, but we’re all classed’: making liveable lives in contemporary England

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(Chapter)


Rogaly, B., Taylor, B.

(2009)

Moving representations on the ‘indigenous white working class

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(Chapter)


Taylor, B.

(2008)

A Minority and the State: Travellers in Britain in the Twentieth Century

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(Book)


Taylor, B., Stewart, J., Powell, M.

(2007)

Central and local government and the provision of municipal medicine, 1919-39.

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(Article)


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