School of History, Philosophy and Culture

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  • Early Modern History

    From Renaissance to Enlightenment

    During the period between the Renaissance and Reformation and the Enlightenment Europe saw extraordinary developments in religion and politics, remarkable shifts in the religious and scientific understanding of the world and unprecedented urban growth. These changes in turn gave rise to dramatic innovations in architecture and the visual arts.

    Within this rich field the particular strengths of our researchers lie in the history of religion and its social and cultural impact, in the histories of crime, terrorism, magic and witch-hunts, and in the histories of science, art, architecture and the urban environment. Current research topics include the impact of the Reformation on church architecture and migration, magical treasure-hunting, cleanliness in early modern Italian ports and the construction of status in early modern portraiture.

    For research students this range of staff specialisms offers exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary research in early modern history, for example into religious art or architecture or into cultural, social or artistic aspects of early modern cities.

  • Academic staff with related research interests

    Professor Johannes Dillinger

    Professor of Early Modern History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483484 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T523

    Professor William Gibson

    Professor of Ecclesiastical History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 488610 | Email: | Location:

    Dr Harry Mount

    Programme Lead for History and History of Art
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483586 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T317e

    Professor David Nash

    Professor in History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483584` | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T451a

    Professor Andrew Spicer

    Research Lead and Professor of Early Modern European History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483590 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T522

    Dr Jane Stevens Crawshaw

    Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History
    Phone: +44 (0)1865 483686 | Email: | Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block,T527