Josh Rhodes



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Early Modern Studies


In March, I completed an ESRC-funded PhD in the History Department at the University of Exeter writing a thesis entitled, 'Agrarian Capitalism in England, c.1700 - c.1850: A new methodological approach'.

I completed a BA (Hons) in History at the University of Exeter (2009-2012). I then completed an MA in History at Exeter between 2012 and 2013, for which I was awarded a Distinction. I secured an Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 studentship (fees & maintenance stipend) to fund an MRes in Economic and Social History (September 2013 to August 2014, awarded Distinction) and a PhD in History at the University of Exeter. I commenced my PhD in September 2014, and having undertaken a 6-month placement in 2015, I will submit my thesis in Spring 2018.

Research Overview

My research challenges traditional approaches to the development of agrarian capitalism in England by proposing a new way of defining and measuring capitalist agrarian development. I employ an innovative methodology to reconstruct and map eighteenth-century landholding in more detail than has previously been possible. Using this dataset, I examine the lives of individual cultivators, focusing on subletting, by-employment, life cycle, labour, and market orientation.

More broadly, I'm interested in the social and economic history of early modern England and I have a keen interest in digital approaches to history.

Social Media

Twitter: @joshrhodes12