Dr Max Skjönsberg
I joined the University of Cambridge in May 2022 as an Early-Career Research Fellow in order to undertake a project on ‘The Making of a New Political Nation in Britain, 1760-1832’. My educational background is in London, with a BA from QMUL (2012), MA from UCL and QMUL (2013) and a PhD from the LSE (2018). I then went on to lecture in politics and history at the University of York and the University of St Andrews. Between 2019 and 2022, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Liverpool.
My first book – The Persistence of Party: Ideas of Harmonious Discord in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2021) – treats the concept of political party in eighteenth-century political thought and practice, the time when parliamentary parties first emerged as stable features of politics. I am also the editor of Catharine Macaulay’s Political Writings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023).
In 2021, I was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and in 2022 as a College Research Associate of Emmanuel College.
My work has focused on the history of political thought, especially on eighteenth-century political ideas, but I also have interests in political history, book and library history, and political theory. I have written about thinkers such as David Hume, Edmund Burke, Adam Ferguson, Catharine Macaulay, Paul de Rapin-Thoyras, Charles Francis Sheridan, and Michael Oakeshott on topics including political parties, press freedom and freedom of speech, political modernity, ancient constitutionalism and political representation.
History of Political Thought, c. 1700-c. 1890 (Supervisions); Evidence and Argument (Seminars); Historical Argument and Practice (Lectures).
Tags & Themes
- The Persistence of Party: Ideas of Harmonious Discord in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2021). [Series: Ideas in Context.] 373 pp.
- Catharine Macaulay, Political Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2023.) [Series: Ideas in Context Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought series.] In production.
- Hume’s ‘Essays’: A Critical Guide, co-edited with Felix Waldmann, Cambridge University Press. Delivery date: 1 December 2022.
- Adam Ferguson’s Later Writings: New Letters and an Essay on the French Revolution, co-edited with Ian Stewart (Edinburgh University Press, 2023). [Series: Edinburgh Studies in Scottish Philosophy]. In production.
- The Minute Books of the Bristol Library Society, 1772-1801, co-edited with Mark Towsey (Bristol Record Society, 2022). In production.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
- ‘Charles Francis Sheridan on the Feudal Origins and Political Science of the 1772 Revolution in Sweden’, Journal of the History of Ideas 83 (2022), pp. 407-30.
- ‘Michael Oakeshott on Libertarianism, Conservatism, and the Freedom of the English’, Cosmos + Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization, 10 (2022), pp. 7-14.
- ‘David Hume and the Jacobites’, Scottish Historical Review, 100 (2021), pp. 25-56. Runner-up for the David Berry Prize for articles on Scottish History, awarded by the Royal Historical Society.
- ‘Edmund Burke, the French Revolution and the Battle for the Soul of the Whig Party’, Parliamentary History, 40 (2021), pp. 543-62. Winner of the 2020 Parliamentary History Essay Prize.
- ‘The Hume-Burke Connection Examined’, History of European Ideas (Online First 2021).
- “This Revolution in the Town”’: Richard Champion and the Early Years of the Bristol Library Society’, Library & Information History, 37, (2021), pp. 149-167.
- ‘Ancient Constitutionalism, Fundamental Law, and Eighteenth-Century Toryism in the Septennial Act (1716) Debates’, History of Political Thought, 40 (2019), pp. 270-301.
- ‘Adam Ferguson on Partisanship, Party Conflict, and Popular Participation’, Modern Intellectual History, 16 (2019), pp. 1-28.
- ‘Adam Ferguson on the Perils of Popular Factions and Demagogues in a Roman Mirror’, History of European Ideas, 45 (2019), pp. 842-65.
- ‘On the Character of a “Great Patriot”: A Newly Ascribed Bolingbroke Essay’, Journal of British Studies, 57 (2018), pp. 445-466. (Co-authored with Joseph Hone.)
- ‘Lord Bolingbroke’s Theory of Party and Opposition’, Historical Journal, 59 (2016), pp. 947-973.
- ‘Richard Champion and the Rockingham Whigs: The Aristocratic Politics of a Bristolian Quaker-Merchant in the Age of the American Revolution’, English Historical Review (accepted, forthcoming in 2022).
- ‘Patriots and the Country Party Tradition in the Eighteenth Century: The Critics of Britain’s Fiscal-Military State from Robert Harley to Catharine Macaulay’, Intellectual History Review (accepted, forthcoming).
CHAPTERS IN EDITED VOLUMES & HANDBOOKS
- ‘David Hume and “Of the Liberty of the Press” (1741) in its Original Contexts’, in Freedom of Speech, 1550-1850, ed. Alex Barber, Robert Ingram and Jason Peacey (Manchester University Press, 2020), pp. 171-91.
- ‘The Eighteenth-Century Party Debate: From Montesquieu to Madison’, in Political Thought and the Origins of the American Presidency, edited by Ben Lowe (Florida: University Press of Florida, 2021).
- ‘The Communication of Fame’, in A Cultural History of Fame in the Enlightenment: 1650-1770, ed. Brian Cowan, volume 4 for A Cultural History of Fame, 6 vols., general editor, P. David Marshall (London: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming).
- ‘Representative institutions and democracy’, in The Cambridge History of Democracy: Volume 2, ed. Sophie Smith and Markku Peltonen (Cambridge University Press; under contract).
- ‘Henry Fielding and Political Thought’, in The Oxford Handbook of Henry Fielding, edited by Tom Keymer and Henry Power (Oxford University Press; under contract).
REVIEW ARTICLES & HISTORIOGRAPHICAL REVIEWS
- ‘The History of Political Thought and Parliamentary History in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries’, Historical Journal, 64 (2021), pp. 501-13. Peer-reviewed.
- ‘Liberty and Religion: Catharine Macaulay and the History of Republicanism and the Enlightenment’, Intellectual History Review (Online First 2021).
- ‘State of the Field: The History of Political Thought’, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, 105 (2020), pp. 470-83. (Co-authored with Danielle Charette, University of Chicago.) Peer-reviewed.
- ‘Hume and Smith Studies after Forbes and Trevor-Roper’, European Journal of Political Theory, 19 (2020), pp. 623-635.