David Steele (historian)
David Steele (1934 – 17 June 2019) was a British historian who focused on nineteenth-century British political history. He began his academic career as a lecturer at University College Dublin. He then taught history at the University of Leeds, where he would work for 34 years until he retired in 1999. His 1974 work on the Irish Land Acts, Irish Land and British Politics, grew out of his doctoral thesis. Michael Bentley ranked Steele's 1999 biography of Lord Salisbury with Andrew Roberts's work as the best guides to Salisbury's life. G. R. Searle said Steele's biography "brings out [Salisbury's] progressive impulses".
- Irish Land and British Politics: Tenant-Right and Nationality, 1865–1870 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974). ISBN 0521204216
- Palmerston and Liberalism, 1855–1865 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991). ISBN 0521400457
- Lord Salisbury: A Political Biography (London: University College London Press, 1999). ISBN 1857283260
- 'Dr David Steele' (2 July 2019), University of Leeds website. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
- Michael Bentley, Lord Salisbury's World: Conservative Environments in Late-Victorian Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), p. 325.
- G. R. Searle, A New England? Peace and War, 1886–1918 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2004), p. 874.