David Steele (historian)

David Steele (1934 – 17 June 2019) was a British historian who focused on nineteenth-century British political history.[1] 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.[1] His 1974 work on the Irish Land Acts, Irish Land and British Politics, grew out of his doctoral thesis.[1] Michael Bentley ranked Steele's 1999 biography of Lord Salisbury with Andrew Roberts's work as the best guides to Salisbury's life.[2] G. R. Searle said Steele's biography "brings out [Salisbury's] progressive impulses".[3]


  • 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


  1. 'Dr David Steele' (2 July 2019), University of Leeds website. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  2. Michael Bentley, Lord Salisbury's World: Conservative Environments in Late-Victorian Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), p. 325.
  3. G. R. Searle, A New England? Peace and War, 1886–1918 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2004), p. 874.