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First Name
Laura
Last Name
Doak
Affiliation
University of Dundee
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Keywords
seventeenth century, early modern, Scottish history, British history, political culture, print, proclamations, executions, performance, progresses, political participation, petitions, rebel declarations, crowds, protestations, James duke of York and Albany, Charles II, James VII, James II, Covenanters, ballads, progresses, psalms, communication, Bothwell Bridge, protest, intertextuality, multimedia, debate, Glorious Revolution, Union 1707, Scottish Privy Council
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About Me

I am a historian of political culture and popular political participation. The big questions I aim to address are;

  • How did people in power communicate with those they ruled during the early modern period? Did this change with the introduction of new technologies, like mass print? Or adapt to meet new cultural trends and changing tastes?
  • What was the reaction of ordinary people? And how did they themselves participate in the political turbulence of the early modern period? What does their participation in political debate and consumption of political culture say about the nature of power across the seventeenth- and early-eighteenth century British Isles?

I completed my PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2020 with a doctoral thesis titled: “On Street and Scaffold: The People and Political Culture in Restoration Scotland, c.1678-1685”. Now based at the University of Dundee, I am currently a Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Scottish Privy Council Project. I also serve as convenor of the Economic and Social History Society of Scotland.

Recent Publications

Recent examples of my work are available online;

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Government, Local & Regional, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution