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Scholar of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, reading History. BA (Cantab) 1968; MA (Cantab) 1972; PhD (Huddersfield) 1994. Lecturer at Huddersfield (then a Polytechnic) 1972 to present: currently Reader in History. Wide range of administrative experience in the University, including chairing many course validations, acting as external advisor on university events elsewhere, and chairing the School Accreditation and Validation Panel from 1993-7 and 2003-present. Specialist History Assessor for Higher Education Funding Council in 1993-4. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
He was awarded the Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History, 1998 for his article Proper Objects of the Press: Naval Impressment and Habeas Corpus in the French Revolutionary Wars, in The Representation and Reality of War: the British Experience, eds. K.R. Dockray & K. Laybourn (Sutton Publishing, 1999), pp. 39-60. His article Power and influence of Gaolers won the Sheldon Trust Prize for York History in 2004. In 2006 his essay, Debtors, Prisons, and Petitions in Eighteenth-Century England was nominated by the journal editor for the Clifford best article prize awarded by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Philip was conferred an Emeritus Reader in July 2009
Research has included a range of topics from military and naval history to social, diplomatic and political subjects. Currently working on a biography of Sir Robert Walpole, and concurrently on a project entitled 'Diplomats and Politeness in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century '. This work will occupy the best part of the year 2008, and will result in two published articles, extending current concerns with polite conduct in the eighteenth century into a new sphere, the world of diplomacy as revealed in the correspondence of British and foreign envoys at the major European courts.
Woodfine, P (2006) ‘Tempters or Tempted? The Rhetoric and Practice of Corruption in Walpolean Politics’. In: Corrupt Histories. : University of Rochester Press. pp. 167-196. ISBN 9781580461887
Woodfine, P (2006) ‘Debtors prisons and petitions in eighteenth-century England’ Eighteenth Century Life , 30 (2), pp. 1-31. ISSN 1086-3192
Woodfine, P (2006) ‘The Power and Influence of Gaolers: Life and Death in York Castle Gaol, 1705-1745’ Yorkshire archaeological journal , 78, pp. 1-17. ISSN 0084-4276
Woodfine, P (2006) ‘Nothing but Dust & the most minute Particles: Historians and the Evidence of Journals’. In: Recording and reordering: essays on the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century diary and journal. Lewisburg, P.A.: Bucknell University Press. pp. 185-210. ISBN 0-8387-5630-1
Woodfine, P (2004) ‘Stanyan, Abraham (c.16691732)’. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. .
Woodfine, P (2004) ‘Poyntz, Stephen (bap. 1685, d. 1750)’. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. .
Woodfine, P (2004) ‘Walpole, Horatio [Horace], first Baron Walpole of Wolterton (16781757)’. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. .
Woodfine, P (2004) ‘Waldegrave, James, first Earl Waldegrave (16841741)’. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. .
Woodfine, P (2004) ‘Stanhope, William, first earl of Harrington (1683?1756)’. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. .
Woodfine, P (2004) ‘Sutton, Robert, second Baron Lexington (16611723)’. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. .
Woodfine, P (2004) ‘Robinson, Thomas, first Baron Grantham (16951770)’. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. .
Woodfine, P (2004) ‘Schaub, Sir Luke (16901758)’. In: The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. .
Woodfine, P (1999) ‘Proper objects of the press: Naval impressment and Habeas Corpus in the French Revolutionary wars’. In: The representation and reality of war: the British experience: essays in honour of David Wright. : Sutton Publishing. pp. 39-60. ISBN 9780750918619
Woodfine, P (1998) ‘'Suspicious Latitudes': Commerce, Colonies and Patriotism in the 1730s’ Studies in Eighteenth-Century culture , 27, pp. 25-51.
Woodfine, P (1998) Britannia's glories: the Walpole Ministry and the 1739 war with Spain . Studies in History. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0861932307
Woodfine, P (1998) ‘"Unjustifiable and illiberal": Military partriotism and civilian values in the 1790s’. In: War: identities in conflict 1300 - 2000. : Sutton Publishing. pp. 73-93. ISBN 9780750916837
Woodfine, P (1995) ‘Sir Robert Walpole's black box’ The historian (47), pp. 16-18. ISSN 0265-1076
Woodfine, P (1994) The Duke of Newcastle's war : Walpole's ministry and the war against Spain, 1737-1742 Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Woodfine, P (1994) ‘Horace Walpole and British relations with Spain, 1738’ Camden miscellany/Camden 5th Series , 3 (32), pp. 289-328. ISSN 0960-1163
Woodfine, P (1988) ‘Ideas of Naval power and the conflict with Spain, 1737 - 1742’. In: The British navy and the use of naval power in the eighteenth century. Leicester: Leicester University Press. . ISBN 9780718513085
Black, J. and Woodfine, P. (1988) The British Navy and the use of Naval power in the Eighteenth century . Leicester: Leicester University Press. ISBN 0718513088
Woodfine, P (1987) ‘The Anglo-Spanish War of 1739’. In: The Origins of war in early modern Europe. Edinburgh: John Donald. pp. 185-209. ISBN 0859761681
Possible doctoral topics include: Manners and politeness in Eighteenth-Century England; Medicine and Health in the Eighteenth Century; Politics in Britain in the Age of Walpole; Yorkshire Eighteenth-Century History.