Lewis Wade

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College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History

I am the lead convenor for the Institute of Historical Research's Partnership Seminar series Risk and Uncertainty in the Premodern World. For more information on this series, please see our website and/or our Twitter page.

I am an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter, having recently defended my thesis, entitled 'Privilege at a Premium: Insurance, Maritime Law and Political Economy in Early Modern France, 1664-c. 1710’. This was awarded the Boydell & Brewer Prize for the best doctoral thesis in maritime history by the British Commission for Maritime History. An article drawing on my doctoral research, entitled 'Royal Companies, Risk Management and Sovereignty in Old Regime France', is forthcoming in the English Historical Review.

My research was conducted within the transnational project 'Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalisation (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)'. My research has been supported by the European Research Council, under the supervision of Prof. Maria Fusaro and Prof. Nandini Chatterjee.