Peter Buckles

Postgraduate Research Student


Peter has a BA in History and Music Technology and an MREs in History from Keele University.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"The French Wars and their impact on Merchant Trade Networks in Bristol, Bordeaux and New York, 1783-1830."

Peter's thesis examines the nature of maritime trade during the French Wars (1793-1815), focusing on merchants operating in Bristol, Bordeaux and New York who traded across the Atlantic. Beginning with the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1783, and finishing with the July Revolution in France in 1830, this study will provide a comparison of trade in the North Atlantic before, during, and after the wars. The main source material for this project is merchant letterbooks and correspondence, with Social Network Analysis and institutional theory used to uncover the scope of the merchants’ business networks, and identify the means by which trade was supported. In doing so, this study will improve our understanding of the socioeconomic impact that the French Wars had on trading relations and on how trade was conducted.

Peter's broader research interests encompass economic history, particularly trade within merchant communities. Further interests include computing and digital humanities. He also looks at how the Global conflicts of the early 19th century affected international trade in these transatlantic cities.

Research Funding

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)- North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP)