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Scott Sowerby

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Harvard, 2006
Curriculum Vitae

Interests

Geographic Field(s):  Medieval and Early Modern European History; Modern European History: Britain and Its Empire

Thematic Field(s):  War and Empire in History; Religious History; Legal and Criminal History

Principal Research Interest(s):  Early Modern Britain, Early Modern Europe

Biography

Scott Sowerby (Ph.D., Harvard, 2006) is a historian of early modern Britain and Europe with a particular interest in comparative history and transnational issues, including religious toleration, state formation, and military power. His book, Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2013), was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize for the best first book on British history and was shortlisted for Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award. He is currently working on a book entitled Battles of Belief: The Military Origins of Religious Toleration in Early Modern Europe, a comparative study exploring the experiences of religious minorities in European militaries. The book investigates how different states grappled with the problems posed by religious diversity within armies and navies from the Reformation to the Age of Revolutions. In so doing, it suggests a new genealogy for the history of religious toleration in Europe: toleration was often offered to minority groups in exchange for the armed support of their young men.

Affiliated Programs

Programs with which you are affiliated  Graduate Program in British Studies

Publications

Teaching Interests

  • In 2014, Professor Sowerby received the Weinberg College Award for Distinguished Teaching. He teaches courses on Tudor-Stuart Britain, eighteenth-century Britain, the history of gender and sexuality, and the early British Empire.

Recent Awards and Honors

  • Professor Sowerby’s work has been supported by fellowships from the Huntington Library, the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Carter Brown Library, and Churchill College, Cambridge.
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