Erik Thomson

Associate Professor

Office: 452 Fletcher Argue
E-mail: Erik.Thomson@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 480-1057

EDUCATION

Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University
B.A.H. (1st Class), Queen's University

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am a historian of early modern Europe, with special interests in French and Swedish history.  My current major work concerns how commerce reshaped politics in the early seventeenth century, looking particularly at ministers such as Cardinal Richelieu and Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna. I'm also interested in the processes of early modern elite interaction, and how they shaped late-Renaissance culture and more modern notions of cosmopolitanism.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    Le Travail du diplomate et la diffusion des idées politiques à l’époque moderne : la Fronde vue par le résident suédois Schering Rosenhane (1648-1649),” Histoire, Economie & Sociétés, (Avril, 2010): 5-15.

    “The Dutch Miracle, Modified: Commercial governance and imperial war in the early seventeenth century,” Grotiana, 30 (2009): 107-130.

    “France’s Grotian moment? Hugo Grotius and Cardinal Richelieu’s Commercial Statecraft,” French History, (December, 2007): 377-394.

    “Axel Oxenstierna and books,” Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXVIII/3 (Fall, 2007), 705-729.

    Commerce, law and erudite culture: The mechanics of Théodore Godefroy’s service to Cardinal Richelieu,Journal of the History of Ideas, 68, 3 (July, 2007): 407-427.

    “For a comparative history of early modern diplomacy: commerce and French and Swedish emissarial cultures during the early seventeenth century,” Scandinavian Journal of History. 31, 2 (June, 2006):  151-172.

    “Swedish variations on Dutch commercial institutions, practices, and discourse, 1605-1655,” Scandinavian Studies, 77, 3 (Autumn, 2005): 331-346. "

COURSES TAUGHT

2017-2018
HIST 1200 Introduction to Western Civilization
HIST 2390 Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789

2016-2017
HIST 2390 Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789
HIST 3110
France during the Renaissance & Religious Wars (Fall term)
HIST 3110 France, Louis XIV and the Enlightenment (Winter term)
HIST 4000/7772 Economic History of Europe, c.1000-18000

2015-2016
HIST 1360 Introduction to Western Civilization from 1500
HIST 2390 Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789
HIST 3260 Commerce, Rights and Empire in European Thought, 500-200

2014-2015
HIST 2420 The Medieval World
HIST 3110 France during the Rennaisance and Religious Wars (fall term)
HIST 3110 France , Louis XIV and the Enlightenment (winter term)
HIST 4000/7772 Early Modern World History

2013-2014
HIST 2420 The Medieval World
HIST 3260 Commerce, Rights and Empire in European Thought, 500-2000
HIST 4000/7772 Topics in History: 30 Years War

2012-2013
HIST 1350 Introduction to Western Civilization to 1500
HIST 1370 Introduction to Modern World History: 1500-1800
HIST 3110 France during the Renaissance and Religious Wars

2011-2012
HIST 2420 The Medieval World
HIST 3260 Commerce, Rights and Empire in European Thought, 500-2000
HIST 4960/7520 The Age of Enlightenment