Dr Richard C. Allen

Ph.D. Welsh History. Aberystwyth PGCE (History). Aberystwyth BA (Joint Hons) History and Welsh History. Aberystwyth
Visiting Research Fellow 2020-1

Areas of expertise

  • Historical Studies 2103

Research interests

Early Modern Welsh and Transatlantic History

Quaker History

Chartism

Peace Studies

 

Biography

I am currently a Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Research Centre at ANU and a former Fulbright-Robertson Professor of British History at Westminster College, Missouri with research interests in the social, cultural and religious history of Britain and America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly dissenters and emigration to Pennsylvania. I have published widely on Quakerism, migration, and identity. My most recent works are Quaker Communities in Early Modern Wales: From Radicalism to Respectability (2007); the co-authored The Quakers, 1656–1722: The Evolution of an Alternative Community (2018); and several co-edited books: Irelands of the Mind (2008); Faith of Our Fathers: Popular Culture and Belief in Post-Reformation England, Ireland and Wales (2009); and The Religious History of Wales: A Survey of Religious Life and Practice from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day (2013).

I am currently writing Welsh Quaker Emigrants and Colonial Pennsylvania and co-authoring, Quaker Networks and Moral Reform in the North East of England

Researcher's projects

  1. Welsh Quaker Emigrants and Colonial Pennsylvania
  2. Quaker Networks and Moral Reform in the North East of England
  3. A Quaker-Chartist, free trader and Australian Liberal: the free-thinking career of Joseph ‘Coffee’ Jones, 1824–87
  4. An object of detestation’: The campaign against duelling in the early nineteenth century.

Publications

  • Allen RC. ‘‘A Quiet Nationalist’ – the Pen and Politics of Maurice Walsh (1879–1964)'. In: O’Hanlon, O; Whelan, A, ed. Freedom of Speech in France, Germany, and Ireland in Time of Conflict. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2020. In Press.
  • Allen RC. Industrial development and community responsibility: the Harford family and south Wales, c.1768–1842. In: Rogers Healey, R, ed. Quakerism in the Atlantic World in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680s–1830s. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2020. In Press.
  • Allen RC. “Providing a Moral Compass for British People”: The Work of Joseph Tregelles Price, Evan Rees and The Herald of Peace. Journal of the Friends Historical Society 2018, 67, 3-15.
  • Allen RC. 'An Indefatigable Philanthropist': Joseph Tregelles Price (1784–1854) of Neath, Wales. Quaker Studies 2018, 23(2), 219-237.
  • Allen RC. Quakers. In: The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions: The Long Eighteenth Century c.1689-c.1828. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2018, pp.77-98.
  • Allen R, Moore R. The Quakers, 1656–1723: The Evolution of an Alternative Community. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018.
  • Allen RC. Nantucket Quakers and Negotiating the Politics of the Atlantic World. In: Rossignol,Marie-Jeanne; Van Ruymbeke, Bertrand, ed. The Atlantic World of Anthony Benezet. Leiden: Brill, 2016, pp.106–126.
  • Moore R, Allen RC. Afterword. In: Angell, SW; Dandelion, P, ed. Early Quakers and Their Theological Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp.293-304.
  • Allen RC. Samuel Meredith (1741–1817): American Patriot and Welsh Philanthropist. In: Maurice Jackson and Susan Kozel, ed. Quakers and their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808. London: Routledge, 2015, pp.73-84.
  • Allen RC. The Peace Society and Joseph Tregelles Price (1784–1854) of Neath, Wales. In: Kirke og Kultur. Norway, 2015, pp.178–87.
  • Allen RC, Jones DC, ed. The Religious History of Wales: A Survey of Religious Life and Practice from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day. Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2014.
  • Allen RC. ‘Restoration Quakerism, 1660–1691'. In: Angell, SW; Dandelion, BP, ed. Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp.29-46.
  • Allen RC. ‘Nantucket Quakers and the Milford Haven Whaling Industry, c.1791–1821’. Quaker Studies 2010, 15(1), 6–31.
  • Allen RC. ‘An Alarm Sounded to the Sinners in Sion’: John Kelsall, Quakers and Popular Culture in Eighteenth-Century Wales’. In: Allen, RC; Allen, J, ed. Faith of Our Fathers: Popular Culture and Belief in Post-Reformation England, Ireland and Wales. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, pp.52-74.
  • Allen RC. ‘The Administration of Poor Relief’. In: Gray, M; Morgan, P, ed. Gwent County History, vol. III: The making of Monmouthshire. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2009, pp.272-84.
  • Allen RC. ‘The making of a Holy Christian Community: Welsh Quaker emigrants to Pennsylvania, c.1680–1750’. In: Kirk, T; Klusáková, L, ed. Cultural Conquests. Prague: Philosophica et Historica, Studia Historica, 2009, pp.45–61.
  • Allen RC. ‘The origins and development of Welsh associational life in eighteenth-century Philadelphia’. Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion 2009, 15.
  • Allen RC, Allen J, ed. Faith of Our Fathers: Popular Culture and Belief in Post-Reformation England, Ireland and Wales. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
  • Allen RC. “I’ve come home, and home I’m gonna stay”. The Quiet Man (1952) in Irish-American cinematic history’. In: Allen, RC; Regan, S, ed. Irelands of the Mind: Memory and Identity in Modern Irish Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp.110-28.
  • Allen RC, Regan S, ed. Irelands of the Mind: Memory and Identity in Modern Irish Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
  • Allen RC, Allen J. ‘Competing identities’: Irish and Welsh migration and the North-East of England’. In: Pollard, AJ; Green, AG, ed. Regional Identities in North-East England 1300–2000. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewe, 2007, pp.133–160.
  • Allen RC. “Turning hearts to break off the yoke of oppression”. The travels and sufferings of Christopher Meidel c.1659–c.1715’. Quaker Studies 2007, 12(1), 54-72.
  • Allen RC. Quaker Communities in Early Modern Wales: From Resistance to Respectability. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007.
  • Allen RC. ‘In search of a New Jerusalem. A preliminary investigation into Welsh Quaker emigration to North America c.1660–1750’. Quaker Studies 2004, 9(1), 31-53.
  • Allen RC. ‘An Example of Quaker Discipline: The case of Dr. Charles Allen Fox and the Cardiff Quakers’. Journal of Welsh Religious History 2001, 1, 46–73.
  • Allen RC. ‘Wizards or charlatans, doctors or herbalists? An appraisal of the ‘cunning men’ of Cwrt-y-Cadno, Carmarthenshire’. North American Journal of Welsh Studies 2001, 1, 2, 68–85.
  • Allen RC. ‘Taking up her daily cross’: Women and the early Quaker Movement in Wales, c.1653–1689’. In: Roberts, Michael; Clarke, Simone, ed. Women and Gender in Early Modern Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000, pp.104–28. 

 

 

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