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Dr Esther Mijers

Areas of interest

Broadly speaking, my main interests are in seventeenth century Britain and the wider world. I am especially interested in Scottish history, the Republic of Letters and the early Enlightenment and the wider European and British Atlantic. My current research focuses on William Carstares and the roots of Scottish moderatism. I also have an on-going interest in the participation of non-English, European and non-national groups in the north-American Atlantic and the Caribbean.


Part One (Approaches to History): The Dutch Revolt (c.1570-1590)
Part Two Period: Shaping the Stuart World, 1603-1714
Part Three Topic: The Three Kingdoms in the Williamite Period
Special Subject: People and Idea in the Early Enlightenment. Britain and the Republic of Letters, 1650-1750
MA: The Anglo-Dutch World in the Later Seventeenth Century; Theories of Empire

Research centres and groups

Series editor Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750
Reviews Editor Dutch Crossing. A Journal of Low Countries Studies

I am a member of the EMRC and co-ordinator of the The Williamite Universe and series editor of its accompanying book series.

Research projects

William Carstares. A Political and Intellectual Biography
This project will research the career of the Rev. William Carstares, one of King William III's most important advisors on Scottish ecclesiastical and political affairs, and write his long overdue biography, taking into account the Scottish, Dutch, and English aspects of his career.

Europeanising the 'British' Atlantic
This project aims to address the concept of the 'British' Atlantic in the seventeenth century. It is concerned with (1) the Europeanisation of the Atlantic, in particular the role played by (i) British, or Scottish, as opposed to English; (ii) European; (iii) non-national groups, and (2) the importance of the Caribbean and Central America as an area of European competititon regarding ideas and practices of empire.


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