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Dr Aaron Graham
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  • Lecturer in the Economic History of Early Modern Britain
  • Dept of History
  • Faculty of S&HS

I joined UCL in September 2021 after several postdoctoral research and teaching posts.  I received my DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2012 and was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow there between 2012 and 2015, and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at UCL between 2016 and 2019.  I was also a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities at the University of Oxford between 2020 and 2021.

Research Summary

My research focusses on the economic, social and political history of Britian and the British Empire during the 'long eighteenth century' between 1660 and 1850, with a particular focus on the role of government and the state.  I have published numerous articles on corruption, regulation, lobbying, legislation, finance, business and state formation during this period, winning a number of prizes.

I am currently writing a study of slavery, society and security in Jamaica during the age of revolutions between 1770 and 1840.  This argues that the 'tropical leviathan' was crucial in first supporting and then undermining slavery and the plantation system.  I am also writing a history of Britain and the European 'fiscal-military system' between 1660 and 1870.  Building on my work as a Research Associate in the ERC 'European Fiscal-Military System' Project at the University of Oxford, this examines the role of European resources in early modern British fiscal-military state formation.

My current research looks at monetary policy, financial regulation and central banking in the British Isles and Empire between 1815 and 1850.  Examining banks in Canada, the West Indies, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South Asia, 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 and settler capitalism that had developed by 1850.  I am also interested in the rise of microfinance and the savings bank in these territories, and how it enabled subaltern groups to adapt to the experience of settler capitalism.

Teaching Summary
I teach courses on early modern British and global economic, social and political history between 1600 and 1850.
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