Cogut Institute for the Humanities
Center for the Study of the Early Modern World

2020 Research and Teaching Report: Tim Harris

My publications this year included Politics, Religion and Ideas in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Mark Goldie, co-edited with Justin Champion, John Coffey and John Marshall (Boydell Press, 2019); "Constitutional Royalism Re-Considered: Myth or Reality?" (in the above); "Periodizing the Early Modern: The Historian's View," in Early Modern Histories of Time: The Periodizations of Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England, ed. Kristen Poole and Owen Williams  (UPenn Press, 2019); and "The Right to Bear Arms in English and Irish Historical Context," in A Right to Bear Arms? The Contested Role of History in Contemporary Debates on the Second Amendment, ed. Jennifer Tucker, Barton C. Hacker and Margaret Vining (Smithsonian Institute Scholarly Press, 2019).

The following articles are forthcoming:

  • "Anti-Catholicism and Anti-Popery in Seventeenth-Century England," in Against Popery: Britain, Empire, and Anti-Catholicism, ed. Evan Haefeli (University of Virginia Press) 
  • "Religious and National Stereotyping and Prejudice in Seventeenth-Century England," in Puritans, Papists and Projectors: Stereotypes and Stereotyping in Early Modern England, ed. Peter Lake and Koji Yamamoto (Manchester University Press)
  • "State Trials and the Rule of Law under the Later Stuarts" (with Stephen Taylor), in Rethinking the State Trials: The Politics of Justice in Later Stuart England, ed. Brian Cowan and Scott Sowerby (Boydell Press) 
  • "Scotophobia in Later Stuart England," in Scotland the Wider World: Essays in Honour of Allan I. Macinnes, ed. Neil McIntrye and Alison Cathcart (Boydell Press) 

I signed a contract for my books Restoration: Charles II and His Kingdoms 1660-1685 (Penguin, 2005), Revolution: The Great Crisis of the British Monarchy, 1685-1720 (Penguin, 2006) and Rebellion: Britain’s First Stuart Kings, 1567-1642 (OUP, 2014) to be published in simplified Chinese by Folio (Beijing) Culture and Media Co. Ltd.

I spoke at and helped organize the following events in July 2019: Roundtable on History and Second Amendment Jurisprudence in America, Pembroke College, Oxford, sponsored by the Center for Firearms Law, Duke University; Symposium to Celebrate the Scholarship of Professor Mark Goldie, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University; Durham University Early Modern Conference. In the fall and winter I gave papers in Montreal, Vancouver, Leicester, and Sheffield.

I was a faculty fellow at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities in the fall and on leave this spring, working on a book for Oxford University Press on Britain’s Century of Revolutions, 1603-1691 — dealing with England, Scotland, Ireland and the empire. In November 2019 I was elected President of the American Friends of the Institute of Historical Research, London. I continue to serve as commissioning editor for the book series Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History (Boydell Press), together with Professors Stephen Taylor and Andy Wood of Durham University. We have published 36 books, with more titles forthcoming.