Dr Tomas Irish

Dr Tomas Irish

Senior Lecturer, History

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+44 (0) 1792 602781

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I am a historian of twentieth-century Europe. I took my BA and PhD degrees at Trinity College Dublin. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at TCD between 2012 and 2015. I took up the position of Lecturer in Modern History at Swansea University in September 2015. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018 and currently convene the Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory research group.

Areas Of Expertise

  • History of the First World War.
  • History of humanitarianism.
  • History of inter-war Europe.
  • History of universities.
  • The League of Nations.
  • Transnational history.
  • The Irish Revolution.
  • History of peace making.

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I teach across a range of modules on twentieth-century history at Swansea, including a final year special subject module about the League of Nations called ‘The Lights that Failed’ and a final year option module about the Irish Revolution called ‘Changed Utterly?’


I am currently writing a book called Feeding the Mind: Humanitarianism and the reconstruction of European intellectual life, 1919-1933 which explores humanitarian aid to Europe after the First World War and its role in rebuilding intellectual and cultural life. The book is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

I am also currently researching cultural destruction during the First World War and its diplomatic consequences in the inter-war years.

My doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on the cultural history of the First World War and its impact upon universities and transnational intellectual communities. This formed the basis of my two books, The University at War 1914-25: Britain, France and the United States (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Trinity in War and Revolution, 1912-23 (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy Press, 2015).

Award Highlights

The University at War 1914-25: Britain, France, and the United States, was awarded the Kevin Brehony prize by the History of Education Society in 2017.

In 2018 I was selected to take part in the award-winning Welsh Crucible programme which promotes the development of Wales’ future research leaders.