Hochstrasser, Tim

Dr Tim Hochstrasser  


Position held

Associate Professor in International History


Experience keywords:

18th century; Britain; European Enlightenment; France; Germany; early modern Europe; historiography; history of music; history of political and social thought; intellectual history

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My research focuses on the two-way relationship between intellectual life and political action in the history of early modern Europe, and above all on the use made of contemporary historical and philosophical writing to legitimate and defend changing concepts of sovereignty and political structure. The major case study for this research is the European Enlightenment (c. 1680-1830), with a particular focus on France and Germany.

My recent research has developed three linked pathways: the development of natural law discourses in the early German Enlightenment, which provided the focus for my first book, the scope and limits of Eighteenth-Century cosmopolitanism which I am exploring through continuing work on the Huguenot Diaspora, and the interface between political economy and practical politics in France in the era before the French Revolution. I also have research interests in the social history of music and in general historiography that extends beyond the range of the 'long' Eighteenth Century.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; France; Germany


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; German [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7092



Hochstrasser, Timothy (2011) 'More long-lasting than bronze?': statues, public commemoration and representations of monarchy in Diderot's political thought In: Cuttica, Cesare and Burgess, Glenn, (eds.) Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern Europe. Political and popular culture in the early modern period. Pickering & Chatto, London, UK, 201/14-262/63. ISBN 9781848931985


Hochstrasser, Timothy (2007) Carlyle and the French Enlightenment: transitional readings of Voltaire and Diderot Working papers on the nature of evidence: how well do ‘facts’ travel?, 21/07. London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Economic History, London, UK.


Hochstrasser, Timothy (2006) The institutionalisation of philosophy in Continental Europe In: Haakonssen, Knud, (ed.) The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 69-96. ISBN 9780521418546

Hochstrasser, Timothy (2006) Physiocracy and the politics of laissez-faire In: Goldie, Mark and Wokler, Robert, (eds.) The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought. The Cambridge history of political thought. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 419-442. ISBN 9780521374224


Hochstrasser, Timothy and Schröder, Peter (2003) Introduction In: Hochstrasser, Timothy and Schröder, Peter, (eds.) Early Modern Natural Law Theories: Contexts and Strategies in Early Enlightenment. International Archives of the History of Ideas, 186. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands, IX-XVIII. ISBN 1402015690

Hochstrasser, Timothy and Schröder, Peter, eds (2003) Early modern natural law theories: contexts and strategies in early Enlightenment International Archives of the History of Ideas, 186. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands. ISBN 1402015690


Hochstrasser, Timothy (2002) 'A college in the air': myth and reality in the foundation story of Downing College, Cambridge In: Feingold, Mordechai, (ed.) History of Universities. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 81-120. ISBN 9780199256365


Hochstrasser, Timothy (2000) Natural law theories in the early enlightenment Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 0521661935


Hochstrasser, Timothy (1994) The claims of conscience: natural law theory, obligation and resistance in the Huguenot diaspora In: Laursen, John Christian, (ed.) New Essays on the Political Thought of the Huguenots of the Refuge. Brill's studies in intellectual history (60). E.J. Brill, Leiden, Netherlands, 15-51. ISBN 978 90 04 09986 9


Hochstrasser, Timothy (1993) Conscience and reason: the natural law theory of Jean Barbeyrac Historical Journal, 36 (2). 381-400. ISSN 0018-246X

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