Mr William Mitchell

Mr William Mitchell

PhD Student

Department of International History

About me

I am currently working under the supervision of Dr Paul Stock. I completed my Bachelor’s degree at LSE, and did my Masters under the auspices of the Europaeum, studying at Leiden, the Sorbonne, and Oxford. I arrived at LSE for my PhD in 2018.

Provisional thesis title

Europe as a Frame of Reference in the Tory and Whig Parties, 1685-1715

I'm interrogating how Tory and Whig figures conceptualised of Europe, and how these concepts bolstered these figures’ broader understanding of political economy, geo-strategy, and identity. I'm exploring the intersections of the parties’ ‘language games’ and ideas, and how the parties polarised further as the War of the Spanish Succession intensified. I’m hoping to use Europe as an explanatory concept in understanding how the parties remained unified as other issues divided them, seeking to place Europe centrally in our understanding of the dynamics of the ‘Rage of Party’.

Expertise Details

Europe; Glorious Revolution; Party; London; Whig; Tory


LSE PhD Scholarship, 2018-2022