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Guido Giulio Beduschi

Guido Giulio Beduschi

PhD Candidate, Early Modern European History

Co-convenor and Graduate Representative of the Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network

Guido Beduschi is available for consultancy.

Corpus Christi College
Trumpington St

Cambridge CB2 1RH


I am a PhD student at Corpus Christi College, supervised by Dr William O'Reilly. I previously completed a BA (cum Laude) at the University of Milan, under the supervision of Professor Gianclaudio Civale, and an MPhil in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College. My MPhil dissertation, titled Francesco Maria Ottieri (1665-1742) and the Writing of Modern History, was supervised by Dr O'Reilly.

Research Interests

My doctoral research aims to identify an early eighteenth-century 'contact point' between the dissemination of news and the writing of modern history in Europe, by focusing in particular on the Italian peninsula. In the period 1680-1730, a new, methodologically-accurate way of writing the history of the recent past emerged, which was strictly related to the critical works of contemporary scholars (such as Le Clerc, Mabillon and Muratori), and stimulated by parallel wider dissemination of printed news. Histories dedicated to the recent past – an increasingly branched idea of period of no more than two generations – had of course appeared before; only from this period, did historians start to pen their works with the primary intention of publishing, and adequately informing the varied readership of European newspapers.

My research interests include the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), and the dissemination of information in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Europe. 

Talks and presentations

  • 'Collecting Sources: Antonio Francesco Ghiselli (1634-1730) and his Memorie Manuscritte', at: Collecting Histories Forum - New Research Projects from emerging scholars, Institute of Historical Research (IHR), London, 11 December 2018.
  • 'Method and Modern History in Early Eighteenth-Century Italy', at: The Desire For Method: A Graduate Student Conference on Early Modern Thought and Practice, Princeton University and New York University, 25-26 October 2018.
  • 'The Istoria by Francesco Maria Ottieri, and the writing of modern history in early eighteenth-century Italy', at: The querelle that wasn't? 'Old' and 'New' in the intellectual culture of Habsburg Europe, 1700‒1750, University of Vienna, 10-13 October 2018.
  • 'The Expert in Recent History: The Emergence of Contemporary Historiography in Europe, 1710-1750', at: Easter LeckSoc Meeting #1, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, 1 May 2018.
  • 'Time Acceleration and Historical Writing in the Early Eighteenth Century', at: The McLuhan Symposium: 'Acceleration', Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, 28 April 2018.

Other Professional Activities

Together with Professor Joachim Whaley and Dr Janine Maegraith, I co-convene the Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network, an interdisciplinary organisation which aims to promote Habsburg studies in Cambridge.


  • International History
  • Early Modern History