Guido Giulio Beduschi

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

I am a PhD candidate at Corpus Christi College, working on political communication and history in 18th-century Italy. I previously completed a BA (cum Laude) at the University of Milan, under the supervision of Professor Gianclaudio Civale, and an MPhil in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College. My MPhil dissertation, titled Francesco Maria Ottieri (1665-1742) and the Writing of Modern History, was supervised by Dr William O'Reilly.

Together with Professor Joachim Whaley, Dr William O'Reilly, Dr Janine Maegraith and Benedek Varga, I co-convene the Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network, an interdisciplinary organisation which aims to promote Habsburg studies in Cambridge.

From July 2020, I am a visiting PhD candidate at the University of Vienna.

My doctoral research aims to identify an early eighteenth-century 'contact point' between the dissemination of news and the writing of modern history in Europe, by focusing in particular on the Italian peninsula. In the period 1680-1730, a new, methodologically-accurate way of writing the history of the recent past emerged, which was strictly related to the critical works of contemporary scholars (such as Le Clerc, Mabillon and Muratori), and stimulated by parallel wider dissemination of printed news. Histories dedicated to the recent past – an increasingly branched idea of period of no more than two generations – had of course appeared before; only from this period, did historians start to pen their works with the primary intention of publishing, and adequately informing the varied readership of European newspapers.

My research interests include the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), Voltaire historian, and the dissemination of information in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Europe.

I have experience supervising, and teaching seminar groups in the following papers:

  • Part I: Paper 16 - European History, 1450-1760
  • Part I: Paper 17 - European History, 1715-1890
  • Part II: Historical Argument and Practice (HAP)
  • 'The News and its Public in Late Seventeenth-Century Italy: Giuseppe Maria Mitelli’s Satirical Prints', at Early Modern World History Workshop, University of Cambridge, 27 February 2020.
  • 'Retrospective and Modern History in Europe, 1715–1750', at Migration, Movement, Waiting: On Dynamics between Stagnation and Progression, Center for Advanced Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 16-17 September 2019.
  • 'Collecting Sources: Antonio Francesco Ghiselli (1634-1730) and his Memorie Manuscritte', at Collecting Histories Forum - New Research Projects from emerging scholars, Institute of Historical Research (IHR), London, 11 December 2018.
  • 'Method and Modern History in Early Eighteenth-Century Italy', at The Desire For Method: A Graduate Student Conference on Early Modern Thought and Practice, Princeton University and New York University, 25-26 October 2018.
  • 'The Istoria by Francesco Maria Ottieri, and the writing of modern history in early eighteenth-century Italy', at The querelle that wasn't? 'Old' and 'New' in the intellectual culture of Habsburg Europe, 1700‒1750, University of Vienna, 10-13 October 2018.
  • 'Time Acceleration and Historical Writing in the Early Eighteenth Century', at The McLuhan Symposium: 'Acceleration', Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge, 28 April 2018.


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Corpus Christi College, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RH


Key publications

  • 'Historians and Politicians in an Unpublished Manuscript of Voltaire', Revue Voltaire, 20 (forthcoming, 2020).
  • '"To imitate the Ancients, having adopted the Corrections of the Moderns": Scipione Maffei’s Consiglio politico', Imperial Times, special issue of Storia della Storiografia, 77/1 (forthcoming, 2021).
  • 'Travel, Expertise and Readers: Francesco Ottieri (1665-1742) and the Writing of Modern History', History: The Journal of the Historical Association (forthcoming).