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Dr Patrick Milton

Dr Patrick  Milton

Patrick Milton is a postdoctoral research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, whose research interests include the history of intervention for the protection of foreign subjects in early modern central Europe, the political and constitutional history of the Holy Roman Empire, and early modern international relations. He is an affiliate of the ‘A Westphalia for the Middle East’ project at the Forum on Geopolitics, and was previously a visiting fellow at the Leibniz-Institute of European History, Mainz. He holds a PhD and a BA in History from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick.

Subject groups/Research projects

The Geopolitics of Race and Religion:

Key Publications

  • ‘Debates on intervention against religious persecution in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: European reactions to the Tumult of Thorn, 1724-1726’, forthcoming in European History Quarterly, vol. 47, no. 3 (July, 2017).
  • [with Brendan Simms and Michael Axworthy] ‘Ein Westfälischer Friede für Nahost’, in Die Zeit, no. 20/2017, 11 May 2017.
  • [with Michael Axworthy] ‘The Myth of Westphalia’, Foreign Affairs, 22 Dec. 2016:
  • [with Michael Axworthy] ‘A Westphalian Peace for the Middle East’, Foreign Affairs, 10 Oct. 2016: Co-authored with Michael Axworthy.
  • ‘The early eighteenth-century German confessional crisis: the juridification of religious conflict in the re-confessionalised politics of the Holy Roman Empire’, Central European History, vol. 49, no. 1 (March, 2016), pp. 39-68.
  • [With Brendan Simms and Michael Axworthy] ‘Ending the new Thirty Years War’, New Statesman, 21 January 2016, pp. 22-26:
  • ‘Imperial law versus geopolitical interest: the Reichshofrat and the protection of smaller states in the Holy Roman Empire under Charles VI (1711-40)’, The English Historical Review, vol. 130, no. 545 (August, 2015), pp. 831-864.
  • ‘Intervening against tyrannical rule in the Holy Roman Empire during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’, German History, vol. 33, no. 1 (March, 2015), pp. 1-29.