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Professor Ben Kaplan


Ben Kaplan specialises in the history of the Low Countries in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and in the religious history of early modern Europe. He is Tutor of UCL’s MA in the Dutch Golden Age and co-convenor of the Low Countries Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research.

Much of Ben's research focuses on the practice of religious toleration and religious conflict in European history, trying to explain their causes, patterns, and forms.  He has a particular interest in phenomena such as `mixed' (interfaith) marriage, conversion, and the spatial accommodation of dissenting worship. His book Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, published in 2007 by Harvard University Press, was awarded a prize by the American Academy of Religion.  His most recent book, entitled Cunegonde's Kidnapping (Yale University Press, 2014/15), is a microhistorical study of religious conflict in the 18th century in the Dutch-German-Belgian border region of Limburg.  It was selected as a Book of the Week by the Times Higher Educational Supplement.  He is now working on a more general book concerning problems and issues in the history of toleration.


Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

1989 PhD  Harvard University 
1983  MA  Harvard University 
1981  BA  Yale University 
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society 


Major Publications


IRIS Researcher Profile 

Prof Ben Kaplan