Dr Lewis Wade



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History

I am the Economic History Society Postan Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, as well as an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter. I defended my thesis, entitled 'Privilege at a Premium: Insurance, Maritime Law and Political Economy in Early Modern France, 1664-c. 1710’ in 2021. This was awarded the British Commission for Maritime History's Boydell & Brewer Prize for the best doctoral thesis in maritime history. Following from this, my monograph, entitled Privilege, Economy and State in Old Regime France: Marine Insurance, War and the Atlantic Empire under Louis XIV, is now in production with Boydell & Brewer.

An Open Access article drawing on my doctoral research, entitled 'Underwriting Empire: Marine Insurance and Female Agency in the French Atlantic World', has been published in Enterprise & Society; another, entitled 'Royal Companies, Risk Management and Sovereignty in Old Regime France', is forthcoming in the English Historical Review.

I am the Book Reviews editor for the International Journal of Maritime History. If you are a PhD student/early career researcher in any aspect of maritime history, and would be interested in reviewing books for us, please drop me an email with a brief description of your research interests, comprising the following:

  • Period/s of interest
  • Geographical region/s of interest
  • Theme/s or topic/s of interest