Nicholas Miller

Englobe Research Project: 
Difference, the Family, and the Enlightenment in the Global Eighteenth Century


2008: BA, History, University of Durham (GB)
2009: MSt, Early Modern History, University of Oxford (GB)
Since 2010: Doctoral Candidate at Universität Potsdam (DE) (Expected 2013) 


Edited Collections:
- N. Miller and P. Pujo (Eds.), Ausblicke aus Europa für junge Europäer der Aufklärungszeit / Perspectives beyond Europe for youth in the age of Enlightenment (Aufklärung und Moderne 27) (Hanover: Wehrhahn, 2012) see publication

Articles/Book Chapters:
- N. Miller, “Locke and his late seventeenth-century English geographical pedagogical context” in: N. Miller und P. Pujo (Eds.), Ausblicke aus Europa für junge Europäer der Aufklärungszeit / Perspectives beyond Europe for youth in the age of Enlightenment (Hanover: Wehrhahn, 2012)
- N. Miller,  “The Status of Women and Writing the Global History of the Family: Enlightenment and Contemporary Perspectives” in: D. Brauer, I. D’Aprile, G. Lottes and C. Roldán (Eds.), New Perspectives on Global History (Wehrhahn: Hanover, 2012)
- N. Miller, “Reform and Difference: Bourbon Spanish American family policy and thought, 1770-1810” in: M. Luzzi (Ed.), La Corte de los Borbones: crisis del model cortesano (Madrid, 2012)
- N. Miller, "Review of Alana Lentin and Gavan Titley, The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age, (London: Zed Books 2011)" in: Journal of Contemporary European Studies 20:2 (July 2012)
- N. Miller “Enlightenment as Self-Perception - Review of Dan Edelstein, The Enlightenment: A Genealogy (Chicago 2010)" in: Contributions to the History of Concepts 7:1 (Summer 2012)
Englobe Research Description:
This project aims to contribute to the intellectual history of European Enlightenment by exploring the significance of historical and exotic familial diversity in the works of eighteenth-century thinkers (ranging from Portuguese navigators to Scottish professors of Jurisprudence).  The family was widely understood to be the most basic form of social organization in eighteenth-century political thought, yet historical evidence from classical antiquity as well as contemporary evidence from non-European societies showed that the contemporary European constitution of family was not the only arrangement possible.  Indeed, many a thinker attempted a history of familial development, one that, on its empirical side, depended on working through the accounts of the varying familial practices of Europe's past (classical antiquity and tribal Europe) as well as non-European societies.  A great range of alternative possibilities existed, from polygamy to female supremacy to communism, and this project seeks to explore how such alternatives were utilised and judged.  In this way this project hopes to offer significant findings concerning the place of the family, social diversity, and empirical tools in a broadly-contrued Enlightenment context, one encompassing the Atlantic basin.