Dr David L. Smith

Fellow and Director of Studies in History, Selwyn College
Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of History
Dr David Smith
I read History at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and then went on to do a PhD under John Morrill's supervision. I became a Research Fellow of Selwyn in 1988, and I was then appointed to my present post as a Teaching Fellow and Director of Studies in History in 1992. My main areas of academic interest lie in early modern British political and constitutional history, especially in the seventeenth century.
British political, constitutional and legal history in the early modern period, especially in the seventeenth century. Current major interests include the history of Parliament, the nature of monarchy and Royalism, and the career of Oliver Cromwell.
My main undergraduate teaching is for Part I, Paper 4 (British political history, 1485-1714). For the MPhil in Early Modern History I teach an optional module on 'Absolutism, Monarchism and State Formation in early modern Britain and Europe'. I also teach regular weekend and summer courses for Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education.
I am currently a Graduate Tutor at Selwyn College.
British political, constitutional, legal and religious history in the early modern period, especially in the seventeenth century.


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Key publications

Oliver Cromwell: Politics and Religion in the English Revolution, 1640–1658 (Cambridge University Press, 1991)
Louis XIV (Cambridge University Press, 1992)
Constitutional Royalism and the Search for Settlement, c. 1640–1649 (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
(co-edited with Richard Strier and David Bevington) The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London, 1576–1649 (Cambridge University Press, 1995)
A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603–1707: The Double Crown (Blackwell, 1998)
The Stuart Parliaments, 1603–1689 (Edward Arnold, 1999)
(with Graham E. Seel) The Early Stuart Kings, 1603–1642 (Routledge, 2001)
(with Graham E. Seel) Crown and Parliaments, 1558–1689 (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
(edited) Cromwell and the Interregnum (Blackwell, 2003)
Twenty-three articles in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004)
(co-edited with Jason McElligott) Royalists and Royalism during the English Civil Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
(with Patrick Little) Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
(co-edited with Jason McElligott) Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum (Manchester University Press, 2010)
(co-edited with Michael J. Braddick) The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland: Essays for John Morrill (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Two articles in The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution, ed. Michael J. Braddick (Oxford University Press, 2015)
(co-edited with Thomas S. Freeman) Biography and History in Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Other publications