Jupp, Peter 1940-2006

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Jupp, Peter 1940-2006
(Peter James Jupp)


See index for CA sketch: Born August 20, 1940; died of cancer, September 14, 2006. Historian, educator, and author. A professor emeritus of history at Queen's University, Belfast, Jupp was considered an authority on the Reformation period in Britain. He attended Reading University on a scholarship, where he completed a Ph.D. Jupp joined the Queen's University faculty in 1965 and would remain there until his 2006 retirement. While there, he developed a reputation for his writings about politics in Great Britain from the late eighteenth through the early nineteenth centuries. Many credited him for greatly contributing to a revised view of this period. Previously, historians had argued that the middle classes gained substantial political clout because of the 1832 Reform Act. Jupp, however, demonstrated that the British elite still maintained considerable power and formed a cooperative—though tenuous—relationship with the monarchy. Jupp was also regarded as an authority on the Duke of Wellington's career; interestingly, he described the evolution of popular opinion surrounding the duke by publishing a monograph of political cartoons about him in 2003. Among Jupp's other publications are British and Irish Elections, 1784-1831 (1973), Lord Grenville, 1759-1834 (1985), and British Politics on the Eve of Reform (1998). He was also the editor of such books as Crowds in Ireland, c. 1720-1920, on which he collaborated with Eoin Magennis. Jupp's last book was The Governing of Britain, 1688-1848: The Executive, Parliament and the People (2006).



Times (London, England), November 22, 2006, p. 68.