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Dr Andrew Thompson

Dr Andrew Thompson

Senior College Lecturer in History

Queens' College
Cambridge CB3 9ET
Office Phone: 01223 3 35539

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Research Interests

Andrew Thompson's doctorate was on foreign policy in Britain and Hanover in the first half of the eighteenth century. This has now been turned into a monograph. His second monograph was a biography of George II for the Yale English Monarchs series and he has also edited and contributed to the long eighteenth century volume of the multi-volume OUP History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions. He is particularly interested in the impact of religious ideas on foreign policy and the nature of eighteenth-century diplomatic thought. More broadly, he studies the interaction of culture, politics, the court and identity in protestant Europe.

Research Supervision

Previous graduate students have worked on a variety of topics in eighteenth-century political, diplomatic or religious history in Britain, the Atlantic world and the early modern Reich.


Supervises British political and constitutional history (1700-1914) and European history (1714-1914) in Part I of the history tripos and the Borderlands paper in Part II. He has supervised Part II dissertations on both British and European topics, often with a focus on the history of the press or Britain's relations with the wider world.


  • Modern British History

Key Publications

  • 'Popery, politics, and private judgement in early Hanoverian Britain', Historical Journal, 45 (2002)
  • 'Contesting the Test Act: Dissent, Parliament and the Public in the 1730s', Parliament and Dissent, ed. Stephen Taylor and David L. Wykes (Edinburgh, 2005)
  • Britain, Hanover and the protestant interest (Woodbridge, 2006)
  • George II: King and Elector (New Haven and London, 2011)
  • Ed., The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions: volume II, c. 1689-c. 1828 (Oxford, 2018)