John Shovlin

John Shovlin is a historian fascinated by the mutual influence of power and economics. In my books, I’ve explored the political-economic origins of revolutions and the ways capitalism both unsettles international order and creates conditions for peace. I grew up in Ireland, received my BA from Harvard, and a PhD from the University of Chicago where I worked with William Sewell. My next book will explore how capitalism and geopolitics shaped one another over the last half millennium.

Books in order of publication:

The Political Economy of Virtue: Luxury, Patriotism, and The Origins of the French Revolution – 2006

Trading with the Enemy: Britain, France, and the 18th-Century Quest for a Peaceful World Order – 2021

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