Dr Hilary Sapire, FRHistS

Email address:  h.sapire@bbk.ac.uk

Institutional Affiliation:  Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College University of London


I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Universities of Cape Town and Witwatersrand, South Africa, and am currently a Reader in Modern History at Birkbeck College, University of London where I have taught imperial, African and global history since the 1990s.  I am a longstanding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Southern African Studies and a former Editor of that journal.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

I am completing a manuscript for Palgrave on royal visits, black loyalism and global Britishness in Southern Africa in the twentieth century, a project which was originally funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  I am in the process of developing a collaborative grant proposal for a comparative project on monarchies, democracy and decolonisation. I am currently co-supervising a CHASE/AHRC doctoral student working on royal yachts, maritime tours and the construction of monarchy, empire and decolonisation, 1890 – 1939.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

My most recent publication is:

“Indians of Durban, South Africa and the break-up of Greater Britain” in Christian Pedersen and Stuart Ward (eds.), The Break-up of Greater Britain (Manchester: Manchester, University Press, 2021)




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