Portrait of Professor David Taylor Professor David Taylor

d.taylor2@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472464


David Taylor is a modern social and political historian working in the fields of nineteenth and twentieth century English and German history. He specialises in the history of crime and policing and has published widely on the subject. At foundation level he contributes to the teaching of Modern Europe & the World. At intermediate level he contributes to the teaching of Nineteenth Century Britain while at advanced level he offers the modules, Crime, Policing & Punishment. David also contributes to the MA in History.

Research and Scholarship

Modern British social and political history, particularly the history of crime and policing.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Taylor, D (2016) Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies - policing by consent in Huddersfield and the Huddersfield district in the mid-nineteenth century . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press. ISBN 978-1-86218-140-3


Laybourn, K. and Taylor, D. (2015) The Battle for the Roads of Britain: Police. Motorists and the Law, c. 1890s to 1970s . : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230359321


Taylor, D (2013) Memory, narrative and The Great War: Rifleman Patrick MacGill and the Construction of Wartime Experience . Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 9781846318719


Laybourn, K. and Taylor, D. (2011) Policing in England and Wales, 1918-39: The Fed, Flying Squads and Forensics . : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230232457


Taylor, D (2010) Hooligans, Harlots, and Hangmen: Crime and Punishment in Victorian Britain . A Criminal History of Britain. Santa Barbara, California, USA: Praeger Publishers. ISBN 9780313383557


Taylor, D (2009) ‘From fighting the war to writing the war: from glory to guilt?Contemporary British History , 23 (3), pp. 293-313. ISSN 13619462


Taylor, D (2006) ‘Blood, Mud and Futility? Patrick MacGill and the Experience of the Great WarEuropean Review of History , 13 (2), pp. 229-250. ISSN 13507486

Taylor, D (2006) ‘Melbourne, Middlesbrough and morality: policing Victorian ‘new towns’ in the old world and the newSocial History , 31 (1), pp. 15-38. ISSN 0307-1022


Taylor, D (2005) ‘Beyond the Bounds of Respectable Society: The “Dangerous Classes” in Victorian and Edwardian England’. In: Criminal Conversations: Victorian Crimes, Social Panic, and Moral Outrage. Ohio: Ohio State University Press. pp. 1-20. ISBN 9780814209738


Taylor, D (2004) ‘Conquering the British Ballarat: The Policing of Victorian MiddlesbroughJournal of Social History , 37 (3), pp. 755-771. ISSN 1527-1897


Taylor, D (2003) ‘Bearbrass or Ballarat? Asa Briggs' Middlesbrough and the pattern of nineteenth century urbanisationThe Journal of Regional and Local Studies , 22 (2), pp. 1-19. ISSN 1750-0478


Taylor, D (2002) Policing the Victorian town : the development of the police in Middlesbrough, c.1840-1914 . Basingstoke: Palgrove Macmillan. ISBN 0333652398


Taylor, D (1999) ‘'The minstrel boy to the War has gone': Rifleman 3008, Patrick MacGill and a soldier's experience of the First World War’. In: The represntation and reality of war: the British experience: essays in honour of David Wright. Stroud: Allan Sutton Publishers. . ISBN 9780750918619


Taylor, D (1998) Crime, Policing and Punishment in England, 1750-1914 . Social History in Perspective. : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780333641989

Taylor, D (1998) ‘A little man in a Great war: Patrick MacGill and the London Irish Rifles’. In: War: identities in conflict, 1300-2000. Stroud: Allan Sutton Publishers. . ISBN 9780750916837


Taylor, D (1997) The new police in nineteenth-century England: crime, conflict and control . New Frontiers in History. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719047299

Taylor, D (1997) ‘Policing and community: late twentieth century myths and late nineteenth century realities’. In: Social conditions, status and community, c. 1860-1920. Stroud: Allan Sutton Publishers. . ISBN 9780750910705

Research Degree Supervision

  • Crime & Policing in the 19C & 20C
  • 19C & 20C Social History
  • 19C & 20C Political History
  • The First World War