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The Journal of British Studies

Founded in 1961, the Journal of British Studies is the official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies. All members of NACBS automatically receive a subscription to the quarterly Journal of British Studies, which is published by Cambridge University Press. Many of its articles are now open access.


The Journal of British Studies publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles by both established and emerging scholars from around the world that explore diverse perspectives on the past and that place the long history of Britain in a range of global contexts. The journal provides a forum for innovative approaches to the study of Britain and its empire and welcomes research that is comparative, transnational, and global in scope. The journal also publishes book reviews, highlighting new multidisciplinary work in British Studies for its international readership.

Latest Articles

Hobbes, Empire, and the Politics of the Cabal: Political Thought and Policy Making in the Restoration

Matthew Ward and Jacqueline Rose

Thatcher's Policy Unit and the “Neoliberal Vision”

Aled Davies,
James Freeman, and
Hugh Pemberton

“I Could Never Hope for Anything More Rewarding”: Pleasure, Selfhood, and Emotional Practices in the Forming of the Highland Folk Museum in the 1930s

Kate Hill

“An Offence New in Its Kind”: Responses to Assassination Attempts on British Royalty, 1800–1900

Gordon Pentland

From the Vault

Featured articles from past issues 

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'Partnership Not Prejudice': British Nurses, Colonial Students, and the National Health Service, 1948-1962

Catherine Babikian (2021)

At its launch in 1948, like today, the NHS faced staff shortages that endangered its future. This article explores the NHS nursing shortage "and its most enduring solution: the recruitment of Caribbean and African nursing staff for struggling British hospitals." Image courtesy Garry Knight.

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Building a New Nursing Service: Respectability and Efficiency in Victorian England

Carol Helmstadter (2003)

In December, National Health Service nurses staged a strike amid pay disputes and staff shortages. This 2003 article examines early attempts to "build modern, respectable, and efficient" nursing services.

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Editorial Team


Sandra den Otter

Editor, Journal of British Studies

Queen's University

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Jeff Collins

Editor, Journal of British Studies

Queen's University

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Onni Gust

Book Review Editor, Journal of British Studies

University of Nottingham

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David Gehring

Book Review Editor, Journal of British Studies

University of Nottingham

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