Lewis Wade

Department: History
Discipline: History

Project Summary

My dissertation, which is provisionally entitled 'Maritime Trade and State Regulation: Maritime Averages in France during the Seventeenth Century', is part of the transnational project 'Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalisation (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)'. I am studying the activities of what were, on the surface, state-sponsored insurance institutions established during the reign of Louis XIV. I hope to shed light on how Colbertian economic policy influenced French maritime trade during a period of growing French momentum in the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds.

Supervisory Team

Primary supervisor: Prof. Maria Fusaro

​Secondary supervisor: Dr Nandini Chatterjee

Wider Research Interests

My research interests centre primarily on early modern commerce and law in the Mediterranean world, with a particular enthusiasm for the experiences of France, England and the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century.