Professor Philip Bull

Professor Philip Bull
Visiting Professor, CSHIHE
Key Information

Dr Philip Bull is Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University, Melbourne and Visiting Professor, Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates, Maynooth University. He has twice served as Head of History at La Trobe University and between 2006 and 2009 was the director of a European Union Centre based at La Trobe. Author of Land, Politics and Nationalism: A study of the Irish land question (Gill & Macmillan, 1996), he is co-editor, of the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, co-convenor of the Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar series and Honorary Treasurer, Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand. He is also an assessor for the Australian Research Council, the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a member of the Management Committee of the Australian European University Institute Fellowships Association. He is co-convenor of the 21st Australasian Irish Studies Conference held at Maynooth in June 2015.  




Land, Politics and Nationalism: A study of the Irish land question (Dublin, 1996).


Edited volumes

(Jointly edited with Chris McConville and Noel McLachlan), Irish-Australian Studies: Papers delivered at the Sixth Irish-Australian Conference, July 1990 (Melbourne, 1991).

(Jointly with Frances Devlin-Glass and Helen Doyle), Ireland and Australia, 1798–1998: Studies in culture, identity and migration (Sydney, 2000).

(Jointly with Elizabeth Malcolm and Frances Devlin-Glass), Ireland Down Under: Melbourne Irish Studies Seminars, 2001–2010 (Melbourne, 2012).


Articles in scholarly journals

‘Thomas Hardy and social change’, Southern Review, iii (1969), pp. 199–213.

‘The manuscripts of William O'Brien in the Library of University College, Cork’, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, lxxv (1970), pp. 129–41.

‘The United Irish League and the reunion of the Irish parliamentary party, 1898-1900’, Irish Historical Studies, xxvi (no. 101, May 1988), pp. 51–78.

‘The significance of the nationalist response to the Irish land act of 1903’ Irish Historical Studies, xxviii (no. 111, May 1993), pp. 283–305.

‘Isaac Butt and the politics of accommodation’, Australian Journal of Irish Studies, i (2001), pp. 158–66.

‘The formation of the United Irish League, 1898–1900: The dynamics of Irish agrarian agitation’, Irish Historical Studies, xxxiii (no. 132, November 2003), pp. 404–423

. ‘Sacrifice, liberalism and the Great War: The case of Ireland’, War and Society, xxiii (September 2005), pp. 13–21.

‘William O’Brien, MP: The Metropolitan and International Dimensions of Irish Nationalism’, Immigrants & Minorities, xxvii (nos 2/3, July/November 2009, pp. 212–225.



Chapters of books

‘Land and politics, 1879-1903’ in D.G. Boyce (ed.), The Revolution in Ireland, 1879–1923 (London, 1988), pp. 23–46.

‘The Fall of Parnell: The political context of his intransigence’ in D.G. Boyce and Alan O’Day (eds), Parnell in Perspective (London, 1991), pp. 129–47.

‘Isaac Butt, British Liberalism and an Alternative Nationalist Tradition’ in D. George Boyce and Roger Swift (eds), Problems and Perspectives in Irish history since 1800: Essays in honour of Patrick Buckland (Dublin, 2004), pp. 147–163.

‘Irish Land and British Politics’ in Matthew Cragoe and Paul Readman, eds., The Land Question in Britain, 1750-1950 (Basingstoke, 2010), pp. 126-45. ‘Writing about Irish land against the background of Northern Ireland’ in Fergus Campbell and Tony Varley (eds), Land Questions in Modern Ireland (Manchester, 2013), pp. 80-86.


Papers published in edited collections

‘William O'Brien: Problems reappraising his political career’, published in Oliver MacDonagh and W.F. Mandle (eds), Ireland and Irish-Australia: Studies in cultural and political history (London, 1986), pp. 49–63.

‘A fatal disjunction: Sinn Féin and the United Irish League, 1898-1903’ in Rebecca Pelan (ed.), Irish-Australian studies: Papers delivered at the Seventh Irish-Australian Conference, July 1993 (Sydney, 1994), pp. 37–51.

‘Irish land reform and Australian native title’ in Richard Davis et al (eds), Irish-Australian Studies: Papers delivered at the Eighth Irish-Australian Conference, Hobart July 1995 (Sydney, 1996), pp. 292–303.

‘Gladstone, the Fenian prisoners and the failure of his first Irish mission’ in Peter Francis (ed.), The Gladstone Umbrella: Papers delivered at the Gladstone Centenary Conference, Hawarden (Monad Press, 2001), pp. 98–114.

‘The centenary of 1798 and the “Old Nationalism”’, in Bull et. al. (eds), Ireland and Australia, 1798–1998: Studies in culture, identity and migration (Sydney, 2000), pp. 80–89.

(Jointly with Frances Devlin-Glass and Helen Doyle), ‘Resonances Across the Seas: Scholarship and inter-relationships’ in Bull et. al. (eds), Ireland and Australia, 1798–1998: Studies in culture, identity and migration (Sydney, 2000), pp. 1–11.

‘Irish Historical revisionism: Anti-Nationalist or Nationalism Neutral?’ in Elizabeth Malcolm, Philip Bull and Frances Devlin-Glass (eds), Ireland Down Under: Melbourne Irish Studies Seminars, 2001–2010 (Melbourne, 2012), pp. 17–21.


Other publications

‘Good Friday Agreement: An Historical Commentary’, The Journal: Publication of the Australian-Irish Heritage Association, vii (no. 3, 1999), pp. 12–22.


Conference and seminar papers

‘Isaac Butt, British Liberalism and a new nationalism’, paper delivered to the University of Cambridge Seminar in British Political History, St John’s College, 11 November 1996.

‘Peace processes in Ireland’, lecture given to the History Students Association, National University of Ireland Maynooth, October 1996.

‘Peace processes in Ireland: 1868-74; 1902-4; and 1986-96’, paper delivered at a staff seminar, Department of History, University of Stirling, December 1996. A later version of this paper was given to a staff seminar, Department of History, La Trobe University, April 1997.

‘Mabo and Gladstone: A study of alternatives’, paper given at the Eleventh Conference of the Australasian Modern British History Association, Australian National University, Canberra, February 1999.

‘Irish literatures, histories and cultural perspectives in Australia’, paper presented at the conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL), ‘Irish Literatures at Century’s End’, University of Barcelona, July 1999.

‘Isaac Butt and the politics of accommodation’, paper presented at the Eleventh Irish Australian Conference, Murdoch University, April 2000.

‘The “Union of Hearts” and the way out: An Irish politician and late Victorian politics’, paper given at the Twelfth Conference of the Australasian Modern British History Association, La Trobe University, 4–6 February 2001.

‘Irish historical Revisionism: Anti-nationalist or nationalism neutral?’, paper given to the Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar, 31 May 2001.

‘Reinstating the Losers: Looking back on Irish history from the Good Friday Agreement’, paper delivered at the Thirteenth Conference of Irish Historians in Britain, University of Stirling, 14–16 June 2002.

‘Irishness, Englishness and an Australian Identity’, paper delivered at the Twelfth Irish Australian Conference, Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, 19–22 June 2002.

‘Land, Empire and Reconciliation: The 1903 Wyndham Land Act’, paper presented at the Thirteenth Conference of the Australasian Modern British History Association, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, 7–9 July 2003.

‘Society, Government and the Impact of War: Ireland, 1914–18’, paper delivered at ‘War, Government and Society: A Symposium in Honour of Emeritus Professor Trevor Wilson’, University of Adelaide, 17–18 November 2003.

‘An Irish M.P. in Victorian London: William O’Brien and the “Union of Hearts”’, paper delivered at the ‘Ireland and the Victorians’ Conference, Centre for Victorian Studies, University College, Chester, 2–4 July 2004.

‘Governing Ireland by Reform: The first two Gladstone administrations’, paper delivered at the Thirteenth Irish-Australian Conference, The University of Melbourne, 29 September–1 October 2004.

‘An Irish landlord and his daughter: a story of war and survival in America and Ireland’, delivered at the Nineteenth Irish Australasian Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, 7–10 November 2012.

‘Edward Moore Richards, Railways, Slavery and Civil War: An Irish landlord in Virginia and Kansas, 1849-66’, delivered at the Twentieth Irish Australasian Studies Conference, University of New South Wales, 4-7 December, 2013.


Entries in dictionaries and encyclopaedias

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004:

‘Timothy Charles Harrington (1851-1910)’, vol. 25, pp. 393–4; ‘William O'Brien (1852-1928)’, vol. 41, pp. 386–9;

‘Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett (1854-1932)’, vol. 44, pp. 641–3;

‘Thomas J. Sexton (1848-1932)’, vol. 49, pp. 850–51.


The Encylopaedia of Ireland, Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, 2003:

‘Land Acts’, p. 606; ‘William O’Brien (1852–1928)’, p. 799);

‘Plan of Campaign’, p. 876; ‘Ranch War (1906–10)’, p. 914;

‘United Irish League’, p. 1098.


The Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture, 2 vols, New York, Macmillan Reference USA, 2004:

‘Congested Districts Board’, i, p. 104;

‘Land Questions’, i, pp. 355–9;

‘Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett (1854–1932)’, ii, p. 528;

‘United Irish League Campaigns’, ii, pp. 728–31.


Dictionary of Irish Biography, edited by James McGuire and James Quinn, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009

: ‘Isaac Butt (1813–79)’, vol. 2, pp. 193–8; ‘William O’Brien (1852–1928)’, vol. 7, pp. 90–94.


Dictionary of Irish Biography, edited by James McGuire and James Quinn, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013:

‘Adela Elizabeth Orpen (1855–1927)’ article Id=a958;

‘Goddard Henry Orpen (1852–1932)’, article Id=a7127


Book reviews

Bowen, Souperism: Myth or reality, in Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society, xv, no. 1 (March 1973), 28–30.

Davis, Arthur Griffith and Non-violent Sinn Féin, in Australian Journal of Politics and History, xxi (no. 3, December 1975), 135.

Warwick-Haller, William O’Brien and the Irish Land War, in Irish Historical Studies, xxviii, (no. 111, May 1993), 333–4.

O’Brien and Travers (eds), The Irish Emigrant Experience in Australia; Reece (ed.), Exiles from Erin: Convict lives in Ireland and Australia; and Reece (ed.), Irish Convict Lives, in Irish Historical Studies , xxix (no. 115, May 1995),


Fitzpatrick, Oceans of Consolation: Personal accounts of Irish migration to Australia, in Victorian Historical Journal , lxviii, (no. 1, April 1997), 135–7.

Crossman, Politics, Law and Order in Nineteenth-century Ireland and Crossman, Local Government in Nineteenth-century Ireland, in Irish Historical Studies, xxx (no. 119, May 1997), 487–9.

Simons, Tenants No More: Voices from an Irish Townland 1811–1901 and the Great Migration to Australia and America, in Victorian Historical Journal, lxviii (no. 1, April, 1997), 135–7

. Ritchie, The Wentworths: Father and Son, in Australian Journal of Irish Studies, iii (2003), 134–5.

Patterson (ed.). The Irish in New Zealand: Historical contexts and perspectives, in Australian Historical Studies, xxxv (no 123, April 2004), 171–2.

Gibbons, Captain Rock, Night Errant: The Threatening Letters of Pre-Famine Ireland, 1801–1845 in English Historical Review, cxx (no. 486, April 2005), 541–2.

Campbell, Land and Revolution: Nationalist politics in the west of Ireland, 1891–1921, in Journal of British Studies, xlv (no. 2, April 2006), 446–7.

Geary and McCarthy (eds), Ireland, Australia and New Zealand: History, Politics and Culture in New Zealand Journal of History, xlii (no 2, October 2008), 235–6.

Purdue, The Big House in the North of Ireland: Land, Power and Social Elites, 1878–1960 in Irish Historical Studies xxxvii (no. 145, May 2010), 153–4.

Gray and Purdue (eds), The Irish Lord Lieutenancy, c. 1541–1922 in Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, xiii (2013), 164–66.

Mcleady, Redmond: The Parnellite in Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, xiii (2013), 172–3.



‘An Irish Landlord and his Daughter: A Story of War and Survival in America and Ireland’ in Angela McCarthy (ed), Ireland in the World: Comparative, Transnational, and Personal Perspectives, to be published in the Routledge Studies in Modern History Series in 2014.


Current Projects:

Completion of the book, The Politics of Accommodation: A History of Ireland from 1865 to the present.

Research and writing on the 19th century history of the estate Monksgrange, county Wexford and its occupants.

Biography of William O’Brien, Irish nationalist leader, 1852¬–1928