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Thomas Dahms

Thomas Dahms

PhD Candidate in Early Modern History

Darwin College
Silver Street

Cambridge CB3 9EU

Research Interests

I work on Jewish policies in late eighteenth-century Prussia, focussing 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 regarding the Jews relate to broader political, economic, and cultural objectives. The thesis will argue that progressive aspects of Jewish policies in late eighteenth-century Prussia have been overstated by previous research.

My PhD studies are funded by a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Furthermore, I’ve been a Kurt Hahn Scholar at the University of Cambridge in 2016/17 and previously received scholarships from 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, San Diego and Tel Aviv. 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