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Todd Webb

Todd Webb

Chairperson | Associate Professor

Department of History | School of Liberal Arts


Todd Webb is an associate professor in the Department of History at Laurentian University.


  • Ph.D. in History, York University, 2006
  • M.A. in History, York University, 1998
  • B.A. Honours in History and Political Science, University of Toronto, 1997

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of History


ARTICLES: I am currently writing three articles dealing with the last major schism in British Wesleyan Methodism in 1849-54.  The first makes the argument that the division in the British connexion was part of a global crisis in Wesleyan Methodism that affected the churches in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand; the second concentrates on an attempted murder that took place in the industrial village of Yeadon, just south of Leeds in Yorkshire, and its legal, religious, and social contexts; and the third discusses a ministerial sex scandal and its connections with the politics of the New Poor Law (1834). 

BOOK: These articles are laying the groundwork for a large-scale study of a major crisis in British and transoceanic Wesleyanism, as well as other Anglo-American Protestant churches, during the mid-nineteenth century. 


  • 2014: Transatlantic Methodists shortlisted for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association
  • 2012: Publication Grant, Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme (SSHRC)
  • 2012: Publication Grant, Laurentian University Research Fund, Laurentian University
  • 2006: nominated for the John Bullen Prize, Canadian Historical Association


I.  Current Year (2020-21)

On sabbatical

II.  Previous Years (2006-2020)

HIST 1206 - Western Civilization: Renaissance to the French Revolution (2007, 2008, 2011, 2018, 2019)

HIST 2026 - Historical Methods (2016)

HIST 2206 - Europe in the Early-Industrial Era (2011)

HIST 2336 - History of the United States to the Civil War (2017, 2019)

HIST 2406 - Early Modern British History (2009, 2011)

HIST 2426 - Modern Britain: 1700 to 1850 (2010, 2012, 2016, 2018)

HIST 2427 - Modern Britain: 1850 to the Present (2010, 2012)

HIST 2507 - France, from the French Revolution to the Present (2013, 2018)

HIST 2566 - Twentieth-Century Europe to World War Two (2018)

HIST 3126 - A History of French Canada (2007, 2009)

HIST 3036 - The City in History (2006, 2008, 2013)

HIST 3226 - Tycoons: The Making of North American Capitalism (2013, 2014)

HIST 3266 - The Canadian West (2007)

HIST 3396 - Special Topics in Nineteenth-Century U.S. History (2015)

HIST 3416 - Protest and Political Change (2014)

HIST 3436 - History of Religion in North America (2015, 2017)

HIST 3456 - The Irish Question: 1798-1998 (2016, 2017)

HIST 3576 - The Americas in the Colonial Era (2008, 2010)

HIST 3806 - History of Revolutions (2008, 2009, 2012, 2015)

HIST 4016 - Directed Readings I: British North America in the Age of Revolution (2006)

HIST 4016 - Directed Readings I: The Mutiny on the Bounty (2013)

HIST 4017 - Directed Readings II: Rebellion and Reform in the Canadas (2007)

HIST 4245 - Canadian Intellectual Traditions (2007, 2009)

HIST 4305 - Revolution and Reform in British North America (2007-8)

HIST 4325 - Colonial America and the Pacific (2008-9)

HIST 4467 - Stuart Britain (2012)

HIST 4496 - Modern Britain I: The Rise and Fall of Liberal England (2009, 2011)

HIST 4497 - Modern Britain II: Britain and the First World War (2010, 2012)

HIST 4606 - The French Revolution: Origins to Thermidor (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

HIST 4607 - The French Revolution: Thermidor to Napoleon (2011, 2015, 2016, 2017)

HIST 5557 - Select Themes in European History: French Revolution (2021)

III.  M.A. Supervision

I have supervised M.A. research papers on the historical memory of settlement in nineteenth-century central Canada; eighteenth-century Irish history; the political history of the early American republic; gender and politics in Britain during the 1790s; and the environmental history of twentieth-century Canada.


I.  Books

Transatlantic Methodists: British Wesleyanism and the Formation of an Evangelical Culture in Nineteenth-Century Ontario and Quebec.  Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013.

II.  Chapters in Books

"Bible: History and Politics, 1820-1920." In A Cultural History of the Bible in the Age of Empire. Scott McLaren, ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd, forthcoming 2021.

"Introduction." In Persuasion, vii-xxiv. Jane Austen. Montreal: Universitas Press, 2020.

"Emigration, Transatlantic Communication, and Methodist Identity in Nineteenth-Century Ontario and Quebec."  In Religion, Space, and the Atlantic World, 229-45.  John Corrigan, ed.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2017.

"'Only Pemmican Eaters': The International Press and Métis Identity, 1869-85."  In Aboriginal History: A Reader, 151-63.  Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read, eds.  Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2012.  With Geoff Read.  (Reprinted in a second edition (2016), 164-178.)

"How the Canadian Methodists Became British: Unity, Schism and Transatlantic Identity, 1827-1854."  In Transatlantic Subjects: Ideas, Institutions, and Social Experience in Post-Revolutionary British North America, 159-98.  Nancy Christie, ed.  Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008.

III.  Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

"Revolution and Counterrevolution among the Methodists in Early Nineteenth Century British North America." Age of Revolutions. URL:

"'The Catholic Mahdi of the North West': Louis Riel and the Métis Resistance in Transatlantic and Imperial Context."  Canadian Historical Review 93, no. 2 (June 2012): 171-95.  With Geoff Read.

"Making Neo-Britons: The Transatlantic Relationship between Wesleyan Methodists in Britain and the Canadas, 1815-1828."  British Journal of Canadian Studies 18, no. 1 (2005): 1-25.

IV.  Articles in Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

"Mabel Loomis Todd and the Will of God: Three Crises of Faith in Late-Nineteenth Century America." Historical Papers 2018, Canadian Society of Church History, 99-114.

"'His teachings are in want of faith': British Wesleyan Responses to Egerton Ryeron."  Historical Papers 2017, Canadian Society of Church History, 127-40.

 "'Calm determination & cool brains': Mary Chesnut's God in the 1860s."  Historical Papers 2012, Canadian Society of Church History, 5-19.

"The Madness of his Method: Methodism, Discipline and the British World."  Historical Papers 2010, Canadian Society of Church History, 21-32.

"Faiths of '37: Methodism and Anti-Catholicism in Rebellion-Era Canada."  Historical Papers 2009, Canadian Society of Church History, 101-118.

"The Destruction of Robert Alder: An Example of Transatlantic Culture and Anarchy among the Methodists."  Historical Papers 2007, Canadian Society of Church History​, 43-59.

V.  Encyclopedia Articles

"Bamford, Samuel."  In Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in World History, 1:60-61.  Kenneth Hendrickson, ed.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

"Cottonopolis."  In Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in World History, 1:222-223.  Kenneth Hendrickson, ed.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

"Malthus, Thomas Robert."  In Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in World History, 2: 582-584.  Kenneth Hendrickson, ed.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

"Christian Missions in New Zealand and Australia."  In World History Encyclopedia, 7:937-938.  Dane A. Morrison, et al., eds.  Santa Barbara: ABD-CLIO, 2011.

"Congregationalism in Colonial New England."  In World History Encyclopedia, 6:906-908.  Dane A. Morrison, et al., eds.  Santa Barbara: ABD-CLIO, 2011.

"Self-Government in Pre-Dominion Canada - The Durham Report."  In World History Encyclopedia, 7:491-493.  Dane A. Morrison, et al., eds.  Santa Barbara: ABD-CLIO, 2011.

"Burr, Aaron (1756-1836)."  In Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, 2:69-71.  Michael A. Morrison, ed.  Washington: CQ Press, 2010.

"The Whiskey Rebellion."  In Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, 2:392-396.  Michael A. Morrison, ed.  Washington: CQ Press, 2010.

Revisions to the article on "Methodism," Canadian Encyclopedia.  URL:

"Combination Laws and revolutionary trade unionism."  In The International Encyclopedia of World Protest and Revolution: 1500 to the Present, 818-820.  Immanuel Ness, ed.  Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2009.

"Smith, Adam (1723-1790).  In The International Encyclopedia of World Protest and Revolution: 1500 to the Present, 3053-3055.  Immanuel Ness, ed.  Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2009.

VI.  Book Reviews

Review of Nancy Christie, The Formal and Informal Politics of British Rule in Post-Conquest Quebec, 1760-1837: A Northern Bastille. In British Journal of Canadian Studies (forthcoming Autumn 2020).

Review of Scott McLaren, Pulpit, Press, and Politics: Methodists and the Market for Books in Upper Canada. Borealia (forthcoming September 2020).

Review of Donald Harman Akenson, Exporting the Rapture: John Nelson Darby and the Victorian Conquest of North-American Evangelicalism. In Canadian Historical Review 100, no. 4 (December 2019): 679-81.

Review of Denis McKim, Boundless Dominion: Providence, Politics, and the Early Canadian Presbyterian Worldview. Borealia.


Review of John Coffey, ed. Heart Religion: Evangelical Piety in England and Ireland, 1690-1850.  In Church History 87, no. 1 (March 2018): 250-252.

Review of Brian Young, Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Taschereaus and McCords.  In British Journal of Canadian Studies 29, no. 1 (Fall 2016), 275-276.

Review of Michel Ducharme, The Idea of Liberty in Canada during the Age of Atlantic Revolutions, 1776-1838.  In British Journal of Canadian Studies 29, no. 1 (January 2016), 105-106.

"The Other Mrs. Adams: Louisa Adams Review Essay."  Reviews in History.  URL: 

Review of Catharine Randall, Black Robes and Buckskin: A Selection from the Jesuit Relations.  In Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 35, no. 1 (Winter 2012): 219-221.

Review of Ian Hesketh, Of Apes and Ancestors: Evolution, Christianity, and the Oxford Debate.  In Canadian Journal of History 45 (Winter 2010): 619-620.

Review of Robynne Rogers Healey, From Quaker and Upper Canadian: Faith and Community among Yonge Street Friends, 1801-1850.  In University of Toronto Quarterly 78, no. 1 (Winter 2009): 281-283.

Review of J.R. Kerr-Ritchie, Rites of August First: Emancipation Day in the Black Atlantic World.  In Canadian Journal of History 43, no. 2 (Autumn 2008): 376-377.

Review of J.H. Elliott, Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830.  H-Canada, H-News Reviews (October 2007).

Review of J.G.A. Pocock, The Discovery of Islands: Essays in British History.  In Canadian Journal of History 41, no. 3 (Winter 2006): 623-625.

Review of David Rogers and John McLeod, eds., The revision of Englishness.  In Left History 11, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 144-146.

Review of David Hempton, Methodism: Empire of the Spirit.  In Histoire social / Social History 39, no. 78 (2006): 524-525.

Review of James Holston, Ehud's Dagger: Class Struggle in the English Revolution.  In Left History 9, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2004): 229-232.