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Dr Charles Walton

Charles Walton




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FAB 3.48 (Faculty of Arts Building)

+44 (0)24 76524421 (internal extension 24421)

Wed 11 am-12 pm; Thur 10-11 am


Academic Profile

Charles Walton is a historian of France and Director of the Early Modern and Eighteenth Century CentreLink opens in a new window. Before joining the History Department at Warwick, he taught at Yale University, the University of Oklahoma (Norman) and Sciences Po (Paris). His research focuses on Ancien Régime, Enlightenment and Revolutionary France, with emphases on rights, political economy and socio-economic justice.

His prize-winning book, Policing Public Opinion in the French Revolution: the Culture of Calumny and the Problem of Free Speech (2009, paperback 2011, French translation 2014), explores the themes of honour, speech, public opinion and political violence. It shows how debates over limits to free expression contributed to political radicalisation before and during the Revolution. He has edited a collection of essays in honour of Robert Darnton on print culture and the Enlightenment, Into Print: Limits and Legacies of the Enlightenment (2011).

More recently, his research has centred on the history of social rights. He is co-editor (with Steven L. B. Jensen) of Social Rights and the Politics of Obligation in History (Cambridge, 2022) and editor of a special issue of French History on social rights (2019).


New: 'Abstract and Embodied: the Political Economy of the French RevolutionLink opens in a new window', with Charly Coleman, French History 2024)

Social Rights and the Politics of Obligation in HistoryLink opens in a new window (Cambridge, 2022), co-edited with Steven L. B. Jensen (2022)

For reviews, hereLink opens in a new window and hereLink opens in a new window.

Open Global Rights: Moving towards a new history of social rightsLink opens in a new window (2022)

Podcast: Clear and Present DangerLink opens in a new window, episode 32, 'Policing Opinion in the French Revolution' (2019).

 ReviewLink opens in a new window


Postgraduate students

I welcome applicants interested in pursuing MA and/or PhD research projects in eighteenth-century European History involving France. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your interests.


Current and recent doctoral students

Jeremy Goh: 'Globalizing from the Periphery: Chinese banking transnationalism in colonial Singapore, Malaya, and China (1900-1950)'

Claire Rioult: 'War by other means? British and French commercial diplomacies and the Spanish market (1783-1808)’

Ronan Love: 'Revolutionary Debts: The Politics of Financial Obligation in the French Revolution'



Books & edited collections

Articles & Essays

 Public Writings & Media