Benedek M. Varga

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

I am a PhD student in History, working on a research project investigating the works of the 18th 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 18th century Europe, I completed my BA thesis on the symbolism surrounding the coronation ritual of Maria Theresa 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.

Part II, Special Paper 'N': 'Central European Cities: Budapest, Prague, Vienna, 1450-1914'

Part II, Specified Paper 21: 'Borderlands: Life on the Habsburg-Ottoman Frontier, 1521-1881'

Historical Argument and Practice: ‘Political Thought and the History of Ideas’


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Trinity Hall, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TJ


Key publications

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