Professor Julian Hoppit

Julian Hoppit is Astor Professor of British History at UCL. His broad area of interest is British history between 1660 and 1850. In recent years he has taught a general course on British history 1688-1860, and one-term MA courses on 'Adam Smith and the State' and 'Debating the General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century'.

Julian has supervised doctoral research students working on a wide range of topics in British history, including the economic and social history of London in the eighteenth century, Hannah More (the 'conservative' late-eighteenth century philanthropist and author), and Charles Babbage, an early enthusiast for computers. He is a convenor of the 'The Economic and Social History of the Early Modern World' graduate seminar at the Institute of Historical Research and edited the Historical Journal from 2009 to 2012.

Julian's research and writing concentrates on the period 1660-1800, especially the histories of economic change and parliamentary legislation. He takes a long-run view of developments, often by employing simple counting and focusing upon the ways in which interest groups and patterns of information affected policy making.

Areas of Research Supervision: British history between 1660 and 1830, especially in economic history, the history of the state and the history of economic thought.

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

1984  PhD  University of Cambridge 
1979  BA  University of Cambridge 
Fellow of the British Academy 
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society 

Courses taught

HIST2302 The Industrial Revolution in Britain
HIST6301 British History 1689-c.1860
HISTG101 Debating the Crisis of the 17th Century
HISTG100 Adam Smith and the State
HISTGM01 Advanced Skills, Concepts, and Theory for MA Historians

Major Publications

IRIS Researcher Profile 

Prof Julian Hoppit


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