Tom Zago

PhD Candidate in Early Modern History

I am a PhD student working on the monarchical culture in early modern European societies in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. My dissertation project angles the court from the perspective of princely education and aims at venturing through different contemporary educative spaces and scholarly discourses that shaped a specific European culture of knowledge and knowledge dissemination. Before my PhD, I did a MPhil (2019) at the University of Cambridge, looking at the corporeality of politics in revolutionary France with a particular emphasis on the discourse of princely education and the (im-)possibility of a constitutional monarchy in late eighteenth-century France. Besides, I hold a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Sciences from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i. Br. (2018). My undergraduate dissertation focused on a comparative history of the Habsburg and Bourbon courts during the second half of the eighteenth century and was supervised by Prof. Dr. Ronald G. Asch.

I have been working on many different problem areas including chiefly the history of the early modern court, the nobility and monarchical culture in late early modern Europe. Thematically, I am interested in the history of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the history of the early modern French and German nobility, a comparative history of the early modern court and the société des princes, as well as state-formation processes in general. Besides, I have been working on the theory and concept of dynasticism and dynastic identity as behavioural pattern of early modern European societies. Geographically, I have been focusing on the Holy Roman Empire, France as well as the historic regions of the former Duchy of Luxembourg and the county of Chiny as well as the Austrian Netherlands in more general terms. However, recently I have been shifting my geographical focus to central Europe (i.e. the hereditary lands).


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Clare College, Old Court

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