Prof Philipp Roessner

Professor of Early Modern History

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I hold two Ph.D.s, one being in Economic History (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh / UK, 2007): for a thesis on Scottish overseas trade in the eighteenth century); the other being a higher doctorate (common across continental Europe, antiquated and comparable to what you may call D.Litt) in Social and Economic History (Dr. phil. habil., 2011) awarded for a thesis on "Deflation - Devaluation - Rebellion" from the Universität Leipzig in 2011. For the latter I studied the connections between coin debasement and popular unrest in fifteenth- and sixteenth century Germany.  In 2012 I was appointed Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Manchester and in 2017 promoted to Senior Lecturer.

I was recently elected as the first historian ever into the "Young Academy" of the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig (Saxon Academy of Sciences).

I am currently serving on the editorial board of two academic monograph series: The "Studien zur Gewerbe- und Handelsgeschichte der vorindustriellen Zeit (SGHVZ)", as well as the "Beiträge zur Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte". I am also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Scotland), as well as member of several academic societies in the field of economic and global history.

My senior doctoral thesis / Habilitationsschrift (P. R. Rössner, Deflation - Devaluation - Rebellion. Geld im Zeitalter der Reformation (Stuttgart, 2012) was awarded the Walter-Hävernick Prize of theNumismatische Kommission / Commission of Numismatists of the Federal Republic of Germany, a prize awarded biennally for the best monograph on monetary history & numismatics published in Germany.

I have also won a Heisenberg Fellowship (Heisenbergstipendium) by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), which took me as research professor to the Universitaet Leipzig in 2013-2015. 

I have published, amongst other things, four scholarly monographs and five edited collections on (1) Early modern British commerce and economy (focus on Scotland), (2) late medieval and early modern German monetary problems and monetary history, and (3) the history of economic thought, with a focus on early modern mercantilism, Cameralism and "Economic Reason of State Theory" (nowadays - and totally counterintuitively - classified as "heterodox"; it used to be mainstream not that long ago). I am currently completing my fifth research monograph which will be a long-term comparative European study on the role of the state and the rise of modern capitalism, 1350-2016.

I am also co-editor of the first complete translation from German into English of Werner Sombart, Der moderne Kapitalismus, vols. I and II (4th ed. Munich: Duncker & Humblot, 1921).

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1. Expertise

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2. Fields of Expertise

Money, Cultural and Economic History of Money, Money as a Travelling Object in the Early Modern World

Trade, Commerce, Integration, Connections - History of Early Globalization (Germany, Portugal, 1500-1800)

History of the German Reformation (1517), especially monetary issues

Scottish History (1600-1800)

3. Languages

German (native), French, Spanish, Portuguese (basic reading), Latin (fluent reading), Classical Greek (basic reading)

4. Experience

Member, international advisory panel Scottish Historical Review Trust

Member, international advisory panel Annales Mercaturae

Expert referee for State of Saxony / Landesstelle für Museumswesen (Department of Museums and Public Exhibitions:

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2011 - Doctor of Letters, Dr. phil. habil. (Habilitation), Leipzig University (2007 - 2011)
  • 2007 - Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. Economic History, University of Edinburgh (2003 - 2007)

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