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Biography

My current research focuses on what has been called (historiographically speaking) Spain’s "Dark Ages", between 1665 and 1746, and – with reference to the Savoyard state in Italy - on state formation and the nature of the state in the early modern era. Issues related to these topics are important to some of the Honours modules I teach.

I am a member of the Scottish Centre for Global History: http://globalhistory.org.uk/

Teaching

I teach a wide range of modules on early modern Europe and more specifically on Spain and its empire at all undergraduate levels and at taught Masters level. I have also supervised PhD theses relating to the history of early modern Spain.

Undergraduate Modules:

Research

My research focuses – chronologically - mainly on the early modern world. In terms of geography my interest centres on Spain and its empire. My most recent monograph (2016) was a study of the remarkable resurgence of Spain as a msjor European and imperial power under the first Bourbon king, Philip V (1700-1746) which with my earlier monograph (2006) on Charles II (1665-1746) represents an attempt to fill what was long been a gaping hole in Spanish historiography. But I also have a strong interest in Italy, in particuIar focused on the Savoyard state, i.e. the territories ruled by the house of Savoy, whose capital was Turin). As for themes, my main areas of expertise and interest include, state (and empire) formation, international relations (armies, diplomacy, war and peace) and the so-called “fiscal-military state” which weaves these two strands together; the nobility.

Current and long-term projects include:

The problem of Public and Private Debt in Early Modern Europe. Building on my earlier (published) work on the “fiscal-military state”, I explore the extent to which there existed alongside the funded public debt a large, unfunded public debt (essentially unpaid salaries, wages, bills of all types) which effectively meant that large numbers of individuals working for and/or supplying services to the state were owed money by the latter and the extent to which individuals, families and communities and their own networks of credit were effectively underpinning the “fiscal-military state”.

Arising too out of my “fiscal-military state” work, I research the role of foreign diplomats as observers of, commentators on and transmitters of information concerning the construction of that type of state. I intend to look at British and Savoyard diplomatic correspondence in respect of developments in eighteenth century Spain, British and Spanish in respect of the eighteenth century Savoyard state, and Spanish and Savoyard in respect of eighteenth century British developments.

Again building on my own earlier research, this time on Spain, I want to explore the persistence of older constitutional forms in eighteenth century Spain despite (a) the suppression of the distinctive laws (fueros) of the crown of Aragon from 1707 onwards and (b) the almost complete disappearance after 1665 of formal meetings of the Cortes.

 

Other current research includes the extent to which the remarkable growth of a royal navy in Spain in the eighteenth century resulted in the emergence of a new social group, naval officers, and what this tells us about state and society in Bourbon Spain.  

Another, but longer-term research project relates to the fate of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in the early modern era. I want to explore the impact on numbers of pilgrims, on the great network that made up or serviced that pilgrimage and on the economy of the towns of northern Spain of Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Enlightenment.

Even longer-term research projects are major studies of (a) “The Decline of Spain” and (b) “The construction and collapse of an ancien regime polity: Spain c. 1470-1840”.

Suggested areas for postgraduate supervision

  • Early Modern Spain
  • Early Modern Italy, especially Spanish Italy and the Duchy of Savoy
  • State Formation in Europe
  • Identity in Europe
  • The European Nobility/-ies
  • War, Diplomacy and International Relations in Europe
  • Crime, Punishment and Military Justice in Europe
  • Espionage and Intelligence in Europe

AHRC funded studentships are available in my research area - more details

 

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despotism Social Sciences
ruling class Social Sciences
Spain Social Sciences
remuneration Social Sciences
Military Arts & Humanities
monarchy Social Sciences
navy Social Sciences
Habsburg Arts & Humanities

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Projects 2012 2014

Research Output 2006 2019

  • 30 Book/Film/Article review
  • 25 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 8 Article
  • 4 Book

Fleets and States in a Composite Catholic Monarchy: Spain c. 1500-1700

Storrs, C., 8 Jul 2019, Ideologies of Western Naval Power, c. 1500-1815. Davies, J. D., James, A. & Rommelse, G. (eds.). 1 ed. New York: Routledge, p. 85-105 21 p. (Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Fleet
Monarchy
Spain
Habsburg
Salute

Deficient Monarchs and their Presentation: Carlos II of Spain, El Hechizado (1665-1700)

Storrs, C., 2018, Defizitare Souverane: Herrscherlegitimationen in Konflikt. Oetzel, L. & Weiand, K. (eds.). Framkfurt/New York: campus Verlag, p. 217-249 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Monarch
Spain
Habsburg

Genoese Trade and Migration in the Spanish Atlantic, 1700–1830, by Catia Brilli

Storrs, C., Jun 2018, In : English Historical Review. 133, 562, p. 719-720 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Military Orders
Habsburg
Spain
Austria

Thesis

Changing British Perceptions of Spain in Times of War and Revolution, 1808 to 1838

Author: Holsman, J. R., 2014

Supervisor: Storrs, C. (Supervisor) & Patrick, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy

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Information and French Support for Jacobite Ireland, 1689-1691

Author: Keogh, J. S., 2013

Supervisor: Storrs, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy

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New Caledonia´s Wake: Expanding the Story of Company of Scotland Expeditions to Darien, 1698-1700

Author: Orr, J. M., 2014

Supervisor: Storrs, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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