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The Eighteenth Century Seminar

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is a post-graduate seminar, sponsored by the Faculty of History, aiming to explore topics of shared interest to historians (and the historically-minded) with diverse specializations and sensibilities who work on the eighteenth century.

 The seminar meets about twice a term, on Tuesdays at 5 pm.  The seminar has moved from Emmanuel College  to Jesus College, where it meets in the Upper Hall.

Lent Term 2018



20th February (Venue change - now Prioress’s Room, Jesus College.)
BARBARA NADDEO, (City College of New York)
Statistics and Their Public:  Information Gathering, Networking and the Birth of Modern Political Culture


13th March
DAVID CHAN SMITH, (Wilfred Laurier University)
Rethinking Clandestine Markets:  Brandy Smuggling and Morality in Eighteenth-Century Britain
(Venue change: in the Webb Library, West Court, Jesus College)


20th March
DAVID BELL, (Princeton University)
The Birth of Modern Political Charisma in Enlightenment Europe


Please note this meeting next term:

22 May 2018             LINDA COLLEY,  Princeton University


The History Faculty’s Trevelyan Fund provides crucial and much appreciated assistance to support invitations to scholars from outside Cambridge.

Lawrence Klein, Emmanuel College ( Renaud Morieux, Jesus College (


Lent term 2018 programme - print version



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Diversity and the European Expansion in the Eighteenth Century:  How Cooperation and Emulation Beat Competition in the Atlantic

REGINA GRAFE, European University Institute