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Waseem Ahmed

Waseem’s research interests are in seventeenth century British political history with his thesis investigating popular politics during the 1650s. This work is funded by UCL’s Research Opportunity Scholarship, in partnership with the Windsor Fellowship. 

Waseem’s thesis investigates how non-elite men and women sought to reconcile themselves to the successive political regimes of the 1650s and involves scrutinising how people collaborated and co-operated with the state through political processes and everyday practices in their local communities. He is interested in issues such as how non-elites acted as government informants, engaged with the legal system and were involved in participatory political practices. His project draws from post-revisionist scholarship of the English Revolution, concepts of ‘collaboration’ and ‘accommodation’ pioneered by Ethan Shagan, and Alltagsgeschichte-the German school of everyday history. By reconceptualising the experiences of ordinary people in the 1650s and studying how people sought to conform to new regimes, it will allow us to overcome a ‘deference/resistance paradigm’ that has dominated studies of the period which simultaneously: stifles the political agency of ordinary people, exaggerates popular hostility towards the state, and portrays the Restoration of Charles II as inevitable. 

Waseem holds a BA in History (Class I) from the University of Birmingham where his undergraduate dissertation investigated divisions among Cromwellians during Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate. He then graduated with an MA in Early Modern History (Distinction) from University of Birmingham where his thesis analysed how 'monarchical Cromwelllians' were able to accommodate themselves to the Restoration government of Charles II. 

PhD

Supervisor: Professor Jason Peacey (Primary Supervisor) and Dr Ed Legon (Secondary Supervisor)
Working title: 'Our Blessed Republic: Everyday Politics in Revolutionary England, 1649-1660' 
Expected completion date: 2024

Scholarships and Prizes

  • Awarded an UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship (2021-2024) 
  • Awarded Edna Pearson Studentship for MA 

Conference Papers and Seminars 

  • December 2020-IHR History Lab Elevated pitches session 

Publications 

  • Shakespeare's Richard II - Myth or Reality? The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Blog, 06/08/2018
  • Shakespeare’s Richard III - Myth or Reality? The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Blog, 30/07/2018

Other professional activities 

  • September 2021-Present-Co-Conference convenor for the IHR History Lab conference in July 2022
  • June 2021-Present Lead Editor for the Midlands Historical Review