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Thomas Dahms

Thomas Dahms

PhD Candidate in History

Darwin College
Silver Street

Cambridge CB3 9EU

Research Interests

I work on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Prussia. My work focusses especially on Prussia’s eastern territories in present-day Poland. Based on archival research in Germany, Poland, Israel and the US, my PhD thesis examines how Prussian policies towards the Jews relate to broader political, economic, and cultural objectives. The thesis argues that progressive aspects of the policies towards the Jews in late eighteenth-century Prussia have been overstated by previous historiography.

My doctoral studies are funded by a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Furthermore, I received scholarships and grants from the University of Cambridge, the German History Society, the Kurt Hahn Trust, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the University of California.

My broader interests include the history of early modern Germany and Poland, the history of the Enlightenment, particularly in its German variant, and Jewish history. 

Before I came to Cambridge, I studied German history and philosophy at universities in Frankfurt, Berlin, Lisbon, Berkeley and San Diego. I hold a BA in Cultural Studies and an MA in European Studies from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

Since 2018, I co-convene the German History Research Group at Cambridge, and in 2019 I co-organised a conference on The End of National Histories? Anglo-German Relations in Historiography at Magdalene College, Cambridge.


Research Supervision

My supervisor is Professor Joachim Whaley.


Key Publications



Conferences and Workshops Organised:

"The End of National Histories? Anglo-German Relations in Historiography", Magdalene College, 22 March 2019, Co-organizer

German History Research Group, Co-convenor since 2018