Dr David Todd
Senior Lecturer in World History
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Department of History
King’s College London
London WC2R 2LS
David Todd joined the department as a lecturer in world history in 2010. He read history at the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and received a Diplôme from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and was subsequently a research fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, a Mellon post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge, and a visiting fellow at Harvard University. In 2012, he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme prize.
Research interests and PhD supervision
My research interests lie in the history of France and its empires since 1750. In my book Free Trade and its Enemies in France, 1814-1851 (2015), a revised version of L’identité économique de la France, 1814-1851 (2008), I examined the emergence of a new economic nationalism after the Revolution in response to the intensification of international trade in the nineteenth century. The book highlights the role of Britain as an economic other and of aspirations to empire in the making of a modern protectionist ideology. My current work reappraises the significance of French informal imperialism – the global projection of French imperial power beyond territories under French rule – between 1815 and 1890, with a focus on its impact on the Ottoman world. My forthcoming book A Velvet Empire: French Imperial Power and Economic Life in the Nineteenth Century will pay special attention to the combination of cultural, legal and economic instruments that underpinned the expansion of the French informal empire. I am also interested in how French overseas expansion, formal and informal, contributed to shaping modern France since 1750.
David Todd would particularly welcome applications from students who wish to work on:
- The political and economic history of French overseas expansion
- The impact of the world on French politics and society
- Anglo-French exchanges and collaboration
- Political and economic thought about empire
For more details, please see his full research profile
Expertise and Public Engagement
- Free Trade and its Enemies in France, 1814-1851 (Cambridge: CUP, 2015)
- ‘Transnational Projects of Empire in France, c. 1815- c. 1870’, Modern Intellectual History (2015)
- 'A French Imperial Meridian, 1814–1870 ', Past and Present, 210, 155-186 (2011)
- 'John Bowring and the Global Dissemination of Free Trade', Historical Journal, 51, 373-397 (2008)
For a complete list of publications, please see David's full research profile.
Dr David Todd is a Trustee of the Rothschild Archive, London, and an associate research fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge.
Dr David Todd is a Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Rothschild Archive, London, and an associate research fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge.