John Shovlin

Associate Professor of History

University of Chicago, PhD 1998

Office Address: 

King Juan Carlos Center, Room 422



Field of Study: 

Early Modern Europe

Research Interests: 

Political and cultural history of ancien régime Europe, particularly France; the French Revolution; history of political economy; aristocratic culture and politics; international politics and international political thought in eighteenth-century Europe; the Franco-British relationship.

Curriculum Vitae


I am writing a book exploring the Franco-British relationship from 1713 to 1787 and, through this lens, the character of international order in eighteenth-century Europe and its imperial extensions. I am particularly interested in documenting moments of collaboration, cross-channel and inter-imperial coalitions, and long term symbioses between the two political communities—aspects of the Franco-British relationship to which little scholarly attention has been devoted. The book explores the role of transnational financial, intellectual, and political networks in mediating international politics in this period. In so doing, the aim is to consider the ways financial and commercial capitalism, and the intellectual culture of the age, shaped international order in the eighteenth century.

Selected Works:


PoliEconofVirtue.jpgThe Political Economy of Virtue: Luxury, Patriotism and the Origins of the French Revolution (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2006) [paperback 2007].


“Nobility,” in Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Régime, ed. William Doyle (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

“Selling American Empire on the Eve of the Seven Years War: The French Propaganda Campaign of 1755–1756,” Past and Present (Feb 2010): 121–49.

“Rethinking Enlightened Reform in a French Context,” in Enlightened Reform in Southern Europe and its Atlantic Colonies c. 1750-1830, ed. Gabriel Paquette (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), 47–62.

“Hume’s Political Discourses and the French Luxury Debate,” in David Hume’s Political Economy, ed. Margaret Schabas and Carl Wennerlind (New York: Routledge, 2008), 203–222.

“Political Economy and the French Nobility, 1750–1789,” in The French Nobility in the Eighteenth Century: Reassessments and New Approaches, ed. Jay M. Smith (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006).

“Emulation in Eighteenth-Century French Economic Thought,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 36, no. 2 (2003): 224–230.

“The Cultural Politics of Luxury in Eighteenth-Century France,” French Historical Studies 23, no. 4 (2000): 673–701.

“Toward a Reinterpretation of Revolutionary Anti-Nobilism: The Political Economy of Honor in the Old Regime,” Journal of Modern History 72, no. 1 (2000): 35–66.



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