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Dr Aaron Graham
  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
  • Dept of History
  • Faculty of S&HS

I joined UCL as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2016-19) in September 2016.  I received my DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2012, and was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford between 2012 and 2015.

Research Summary

My current research looks at monetary policy, financial regulation and central banking in the British Isles and Empire between 1800 and 1850.  Looking at banks in Canada, the West Indies, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, Ceylon and the Mauritius, I ask how a transnational regulatory framework was built up between these years, and how it shaped the modern practices of global finance that had developed by 1850.  I am also carrying out a parallel study of state, slavery and society in Jamaica between 1770 and 1840 that will examine for the first time the fiscal and military capacities of colonial state structures and explore how the social and economic demands of plantation slavery shaped their evolution and operation.

My broad area of interest is therefore the history of the state and society in the British Isles and Empire between 1660 and 1840. My early work looked at corruption, government and political partisanship in the early eighteenth century, and I continue to examine issues of corruption, patriotism and loyalism in the British Isles and North America between 1660 and 1783.  

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