David Todd joined the History department in 2010. After a first degree in Political Economy at Sciences Po Paris and a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge, he was 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. Since 2019 he is a coordinator of the Centre for History and Economics in Paris and in 2020-2021 serves as director of the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge.
Research interests and PhD supervision
David Todd's research interests lie in the economic life of France and its empires between 1750 and 1914. His first book – L’identité économique de la France (2008); revised English version Free Trade and its Enemies in France (2015) – explored the reception of new liberal ideas about trade and the origins of modern economic nationalism in post-Napoleonic Europe. In his second book, A Velvet Empire: French Informal Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century (2021), he highlighted the role of counter-revolutionary ideas, consumerism and legal instruments in French attempts to establish a global empire by subtler means than territorial conquest. He is currently working on the life of French imperial expatriates in the nineteenth-century Ottoman world and realistic accounts of the role performed by institutions such as extraterritoriality in stimulating the growth of global economic exchange since 1800.
- Political and economic thought about empire
- The history of France and its empires since 1750
- Anglo-French interactions since 1750
- Institutions and economic life in the Mediterranean world, 1750-1914
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Dr Todd teaches a range of modules in global economic history, the comparative history of empires, French imperialism, and the age of revolutions.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Dr David Todd is a Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of The Rothschild Archive, London.
- A Velvet Empire: French Informal Imperialism in the Nineteenth century (Princeton, 2021)
- Free Trade and its Enemies in France, 1814-1851 (Cambridge, 2015)
- ‘An Imperial Nation-State: France and its Empires’ in The Oxford World History of Empires, eds. P. F. Bang, C. A. Bayly and W. Scheidel (Oxford, 2021).
- ‘Beneath Sovereignty: Extraterritoriality and Imperial Internationalism in Nineteenth-Century Egypt’, Law and History Review, 36, 1 (2018).
- Website ‘French expatriates in Ottoman Egypt’, hosted by ‘Visualizing Historical Networks’, Harvard Center for History and Economics (2020).
Todd, D., 31 Dec 2020 Research output: Non-textual form - Web publication/site
Todd, D., 23 Sep 2020 Research output: Non-textual form - Web publication/site
Todd, D., Oct 2020, In : ECONOMIC HISTORY REVIEW. 73, 4, p. 1210-1212 Research output: Contribution to journal - Book/Film/Article review
Todd, D., 12 Jan 2021, Princeton: Princeton University Press. Research output: Book/Report - Book
Todd, D. & Yates, A., Dec 2020, A World of Public Debts: A Political History. Barreyre, N. & Delalande, N. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 79-106 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Todd, F. D. A. P., 1 Sep 2019, In : JOURNAL OF MODERN HISTORY. 91, 3, p. 685-686 Research output: Contribution to journal - Book/Film/Article review
Todd, F. D. A. P., 1 Apr 2019, France in the World. Boucheron, P. (ed.). New York: Other Press, p. 571-576 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Todd, F. D. A. P., 1 Nov 2019, Money and Markets: Essays in Honour of Martin Daunton. Needham, D., Hoppit, J. & Leonard, A. B. (eds.). Boydell & Brewer, p. 91-108 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Todd, D., 2018, In : LAW AND HISTORY REVIEW. 36, 1, p. 105-137 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0738248017000530
Todd, D., Jan 2017, Histoire mondiale de la France. Boucheron, P. (ed.). Le Seuil, p. 497-501 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter