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Dr Iain McDaniel

Post:Senior Lecturer In Intellectual History (History)
Other posts:Lecturer in Intellectual History (Centre for Intellectual History)
Location:ARTS A A147

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877129
International:+44 1273 877129

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I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge, where I worked on the Scottish Enlightenment and Adam Ferguson. I was holder of a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (also at Cambridge), and subsequently worked for three years at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich. I spent two years working as a Teaching Fellow in the History of Political Thought at University College London. I joined the University of Sussex as a Lecturer in Intellectual History in September 2013.

I am interested in the history and development of political ideas in Europe, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  One strand of my research has focused on the Scottish Enlightenment and especially on Adam Ferguson; this work resulted in a book on Ferguson published by Harvard University Press (2013).  I have also written more generally about the themes of empire, war and peace, democracy and commerce in the period of the Enlightenment.  More recently I have been working on the topic of “Caesarism” in the political thought of nineteenth-century Europe, especially in France and Germany.  Other recent projects have encompassed the history of political economy, the conceptual history of “ochlocracy,” and debates about political resistance