Benedek M. Varga

PhD Candidate in History
Co-convenor of the Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network

I am a PhD candidate specializing in the intellectual history of eighteenth-century Germany and Habsburg Central Europe. My research covers a wide array of topics related to the Enlightenment, empire, colonialism and gender. Currently, I am working on a dissertation project which investigates the works of the eighteenth-century German historian, August Ludwig Schlözer and his contributions to debates about colonies and migration.

My studies began at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest where I read for a BA in History and Latin. Turning my attention most especially to the history of eighteenth-century Europe, I completed my BA thesis on the symbolism surrounding the coronation ritual of Maria Theresia in 1741. In 2012, I was awarded a one-year long scholarship to attend Trinity College, Hartford, CT (USA), where I studied History, Political Science and Cultural Anthropology. In 2014, I began my studies at Central European University (CEU), where I completed my MA in Comparative History with an additional certificate in Political Thought, continuing my investigation into the nature of royal power. This research ultimately led me to investigate the problem of empire more broadly in Habsburg Central Europe. In 2016, I began my MPhil in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge.


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Trinity Hall, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TJ


Key publications

From Pennsylvania to Transylvania: August Ludwig Schlözer and the decentering of Enlightenment
(Modern Intellectual History, forthcoming in January 2021)

Making Maria Theresia 'King' of Hungary (The Historical Journal, 2020)