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Dr Thomas Biskup


Thomas Biskup

Lecturer in Early Modern History

Biography Born in Berlin, I was educated at the universities of Göttingen and Cambridge, where I obtained my MPhil and PhD degrees.

I have also held research fellowships at the University of Oxford, the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel (twice), and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a life member of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a Deputy Director of the ESRC-funded White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership's "Cities, Environment, and Liveability" pathway, which funds and facilitates PG research in urban and environmental studies.

I have published one monograph, three collections of essays, and numerous articles and book chapters on the political culture of early modern and modern Europe, with a focus on monarchy and courts, political ritual and pamphlets from 17th to 20th-century Germany, in particular Prussia. Here, I have also contributed to exhibition projects.
I have also published widely on the relationship of natural history and politics in the 18th century, and am currently completing a book on German science and the British Empire.

Over the years, I have contributed to the media, and highlights here appearances on the BBC's "In Our Time" on Frederick the Great, and, as presenter, on ARTE TV channel's documentary, France - Allemagne, Une Histoire Commune.
Research Interests I currently have two fields of interest: one is the political culture of early modern Europe, with a focus on monarchy and courts, political ritual and pamphlets from 17th to 20th-century Germany (here, particularly Prussia), but also France and Britain. The transformation of monarchical culture in the “late early modern period” is at the centre of my work, but I am also conducting research on the transition from monarchy to republic in Germany after 1918.

Secondly, I am interested in the relationship of European expansion and natural sciences in the age of the Enlightenment. Here, I am completing a monograph that explores how in the comprehensive field of natural history, a global web of cross-border exchanges and dependencies emerged that linked Britain, Germany, and extra-European territories in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Teaching and Learning I am on study leave in Semester 1 of 2020-21 .
My recent teaching includes:
- Early modern people and the world (level 4)
- Enlightenment, Reform, and Revolution: Europe in the long 18th century (level 5)
- Memory, Meaning and History (level 7)
- Research Project Management for Historians (level 7)
- Modern Research (level 7)
Scopus Author ID 55952632300