Areas of Expertise: History
Sean specialises in the history of the British Empire. He is also a professional playwright and a regular broadcaster on radio and television.
Sean studied history at Oxford, where he won the university prize for American history, and was Head of History at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge before doing his PhD at Anglia Ruskin on maternal mortality in 19th-century British India. He retains his interest in the history of the British Empire, which he has introduced into the history programme at ARU, and also in the development of the history curriculum in schools. He lectures on British history from the Tudor period onwards and on European history from the French Revolution to the First World War.
As a regular contributor to BBC local radio, Sean provides a weekly history slot on Radio Cambridgeshire and often comments on political and history-related events on BBC Radio Essex and Look East. As well as his academic work, Sean has written school textbooks and four popular history titles in the ‘for Dummies’ series. He is a published playwright and has had a number of works performed in Cambridge, Oxford and on radio. Sean is also a former Honorary Secretary of the Historical Association and leads the Better History Forum, which advised in the development of the 2014 History National Curriculum.
Previously acted as consultant for:
Lang, S., 2009. Obstetrics and Obstruction: maternity provision in Madras, 1840-1852. In: Harrison, M., Jones, M. and Sweet, H. From Western Medicine to Global Medicine: the Hospital beyond the West. Orient Black Swan.
Lang, S., 2012. The Control of Birth: pupil midwives in nineteenth-century Madras. In: Johnson, R. and Khalid, A. Public Health in the British Empire: intermediaries, subordinates and the practice of public health, 1850-1960. London: Routledge.
Lang, S., 2012. Colonial Compassion and Political Calculation: the Countess of Dufferin and her fund. In: Bala, P. Contesting Colonial Authority: medicine and indigenous responses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century India. Lanham, MD: Lexington.
Lang, S., 2014. 'I have never known such undisguised arson': the Ladysmith Rag, the Mafeking Bonfire and the battle for order in late nineteenth-century Cambridge. International Journal of Local and Regional History, 9(2), pp.1-26.
Lang, S., 2014. Why the First World War Broke Out. Searching Finance Ltd.
Lang, S., 2014. La Guerre des Poètes et des Professeurs: La Première Guerre Mondiale dans les Ecoles et les Manuels Britanniques, 1920-2014. Paper presented at international conference La Grande Guerre des Manuels Scolaires, December 2014, Montpellier.