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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.

My research deals with aspects of European political thought between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. My first book, Adam Ferguson in the Scottish Enlightenment: The Roman Past and Europe’s Future, was published in March 2013 with Harvard University Press. I am also interested, more generally, in the intellectual history of republicanism, empire and democracy, in the role of classical history in shaping modern political thought, and in the relationship between political thought and the natural sciences. I have recently published articles on late eighteenth-century debates about trade, empire, constitutionalism and sociability. I am contributing to a collaborative project on eighteenth-century ideas about war, commerce and perpetual peace. I am currently working on a book-length study of the idea of Caesarism in the political thought of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.