Professor Huw Bowen

About Me

Huw Bowen was educated at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth before being appointed as Sir James Knott Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1985. He worked as a teacher between 1988 and 1992 and then moved to the University of Leicester where, having been Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History, he was awarded a personal chair in 2006. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1994 and is currently Honorary Visiting Fellow at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. He joined the History Department (now History and Classics) at Swansea as Professor of Modern History in 2007. In 2008 he was elected Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and in 2011 he became a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He is founding editor of the research monograph series The Worlds of the East India Company published by Boydell & Brewer.

Huw Bowen is Convenor of History Research Wales.

In 2010-2011 he led the ESRC-funded research project 'History, heritage, and urban regeneration: the local and global worlds of Welsh copper'.


  1. The consumption of British manufactured goods in India, 1765-1813: a prologue. In Haynes, D., McGowan, A., Roy, T. & Yanagisawa, H. (Ed.), Towards a history of consumption in South Asia. (pp. 26-50). New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  2. Bullion for trade, war, and debt-relief: British movements of silver to, around, and from Asia, 1760-1833. Modern Asian Studies 44(3), 445-475.
  3. Britain in the Indian Ocean region and beyond: contexts, contours, and the creation of a global maritime empire.. In Bowen, H.V., Mancke, E. & Reid, J.G. (Ed.), Britain's oceanic empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds c.1550-1850. (pp. 45-65). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. Asiatic interactions: India, the East India Company, and the Welsh economy, 1750-1830. In Bowen, H. (Ed.), Wales and the British overseas empire: interactions and influences,1650-1830. (pp. 168-192). Manchester: Manchester University Press.


  • HIH121 Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989

    The nineteenth century saw the rise of a western European civilization, characterized, as Eric Hobsbawm has noted, by capitalist economics, liberal politics, and the dominance of a middle class that celebrated morality and science. In the twentieth century this civilization faced unprecedented challenges from new political ideologies, and from a working class demanding the right to govern in its own name. The result was an eruption of violence not seen on the continent for centuries; in its wake, the Cold War divided the Europe with an Iron Curtain, and saw the continent become the client of two world superpowers – the USA and the Soviet Union. This team-taught module relies on the specialist knowledge of its tutors to examine economic, political and social themes in the history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe.


  • Evaluating Public Engagement (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Harold Thimbleby
    Other supervisor: Prof David Turner
  • 'Performative, Extravagant, Expressive, Place-based Experiences' (awarded 2015)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Matt Jones
  • 'Reassessing the Failur eof the ''''Braddock Plan'''' of 1755.' (awarded 2014)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Steve Sarson
  • 'Lord of Conquest, Navigation and Commerce: Diplomacy and the Imperial Ideal During the Reign of John V, 1707-1750' (awarded 2012)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Stefan Halikowski-Smith
  • 'The South Wales Miners'''' Contribution to the Tunnelling Companies on the Western Front during the Great War.' (awarded 2012)

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    Other supervisor: Professor Chris Williams