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Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education Office

Qualifications

  • BA (University of Leeds)
  • MA (University of Exeter)
  • PhD (University of Exeter)

Summary

David J Starkey was the UK's first lecturer in maritime history when he joined the University of Hull in 1994.

Now Professor of Maritime History, his research interests embrace all aspects of humankind's relationship with the sea, particularly shipping, seafaring, piracy, privateering and the fisheries since the late 17th century.

Professor Starkey, who hails from Merseyside, was awarded a PhD by the University of Exeter for his thesis, British Privateering, 1702-1783, with particular reference to London.

He was once Head of History at Hull (2011-2016), but will always be an Evertonian and the father of four very fine children.

Undergraduate

BSc History

Modules:

- 90% of Everything: Shipping and Society since 1650

- Piracy: the Golden Ages

- Exploring the Past

- Representing the Past in Film

- Seafarers, 1800-1914

Book

Hull : Culture, History, Place

(2017). Hull : Culture, History, Place

Book Chapter

A persistent phenomenon: private prize-taking in the British Atlantic world, c.1540-1856

Starkey, D. J., & McCarthy, M. (2014). A persistent phenomenon: private prize-taking in the British Atlantic world, c.1540-1856. In S. Eklöf Amirell, & L. Müller (Eds.), Persistent Piracy, 131-151. Palgrave Macmillan UK. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137352866_7

Private enterprise, public policy and the development of Britain’s seafaring workforce, 1650-1815

Starkey, D. (2017). Private enterprise, public policy and the development of Britain’s seafaring workforce, 1650-1815. In C. A. Fury (Ed.), The social history of English seamen 1605-1815, 147-182. Boydell Press

Oceans past: an environmental approach to maritime history

Barnard, M., & Starkey, D. (2010). Oceans past: an environmental approach to maritime history. Merihistorian Rajapintoja: Nautica Fennica 2009-2010, 44409. Suomen Merimuseo

Journal Article

Voluntaries and Sea Robbers: A review of the academic literature on privateering, corsairing, buccaneering and piracy

Starkey, D. J. (2011). Voluntaries and Sea Robbers: A review of the academic literature on privateering, corsairing, buccaneering and piracy. Mariner's Mirror, 97(1), 127-147. doi:10.1080/00253359.2011.10709036

Nach der Pfeife des Handels tanzen – die britische Seetransportindustrie von 1850 bis 1990

Starkey, D. (2011). Nach der Pfeife des Handels tanzen – die britische Seetransportindustrie von 1850 bis 1990. Zeitschrift Für Weltgeschichte, 12(2), 45-75. https://doi.org/10.3726/84535_45

Research interests

- The character and significance of the interaction of human societies and the marine environment

- The maritime interests of localities, regions and nations

- The significance of privately sponsored violence at sea, both within the law (privateering) and beyond the law (piracy)

- The factors that have conditioned the scale and character of sea transport since 1750

- The impact that human fishing activity has had upon the marine environment since the Middle Ages

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Starkey welcomes applications in maritime themes, notably piracy, privateering and shipowning in the 18th and 19th centuries, and North Atlantic fisheries and maritime communities during the recent past.

Completed PhDs

- Emma Taaffe, “We suffered in silence”: An analysis of the Cause and Management of Occupational Hazards at Chatham Dockyard, 1945 to 1984

- Robert Gear, The development of Shetland’s pelagic Fishing Industry, since 1945

- Matthew McCarthy, A Sure Defence against the Foe?’ Maritime Predation & British Commercial Policy during the Spanish American Wars of Independence, 1810-1830 (Awarded Boydell & Brewer Prize for best Maritime History PhD Thesis, 2011)

- Stephen Friend, A Sense of Belonging: Religion and Identity in Yorkshire and Humber Fishing Communities, c.1815-1914

Current PhD supervisions

- Claire Day, The suit and its travels: The onshore dress of the deep-sea trawlermen of Hull, 1950-1976

- Meredith Greiling, Maritime Sculpture in Context; British Church Ship Models

- Joe Varley, The effects of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars on Cork 1790-1820