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Thomas Dahms

Thomas Dahms

PhD Candidate in Early Modern History

Co-convenor German History Research Group

Darwin College
Silver Street

Cambridge CB3 9EU

Research Interests

I work on Jewish policies in 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 Jewish policies in late eighteenth-century Prussia have been overstated by previous historiography.

My PhD studies are funded by a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Furthermore, I received scholarships from the University of Cambridge, 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.


Research Supervision

My supervisor is Prof. Joachim Whaley.


Key Publications