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Dr Tom Pert

Research Interests

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, and my project examines the experience of refugees during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) – the most destructive European conflict prior to the twentieth century. This project, working in collaboration with Professor Beat Kümin, builds upon the work of my doctoral thesis on exiled royal and noble houses during the same conflict. Although my primary focus is on the mid-seventeenth century, my research interests cover a broad spectrum of early modern British and European history.

After studying for Undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Birmingham, I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2019. Prior to taking up the Leverhulme Fellowship at Warwick, I taught early modern history modules at Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Buckingham and acted as Research Assistant on the ‘Mapping the Thirty Years’ War’ project based at the University of Oxford. This project seeks to produce the first dynamic digital visualisation of the impact of the conflict. You can read more about the project here (


  • Early Modern British and European History
  • Political and Military History of the Seventeenth Century
  • Refugees and Displaced Persons in History
  • Early Modern Germany and the Holy Roman Empire
  • The Thirty Years' War (1618-1648)
  • The British 'Wars of the Three Kingdoms' (1639-1653)


  • Thomas Pert, The Palatine Family and the Thirty Years' War: Experiences of Exile in Early Modern Europe, 1632-1648 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023) (More info HERE)

Journal Articles:

  • "If you make the people run away, you will starve': the military significance of refugees during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648)', War & Society (2024). Published online ahead of print:
  • "The Great and Miserable Flight': The Experiences of Refugees in Newsprint during the Thirty Years' War', Journal of Refugee Studies, 36/3 (2023), pp.552-571.
  • ''I doe not find him, howsoever our great Enemy, to have deserved such an end': Reactions to the Assassination of Albrecht von Wallenstein, c.1634-1700', German History, 41/2 (2023), pp.170-192.
  • ‘Divided Loyalties: The Elector Palatine and Charles I, 1638-1649’, Journal of Early Modern History, 26/4 (2022), pp.311-334.
  • ‘Pride and Precedence: the rivalry of the House of Orange-Nassau and the Palatine Family at the Anglo-Dutch Wedding of 1641’, The Seventeenth Century, 36/4 (2021), pp. 561-578.

Co-authored Articles:

  • Peter H. Wilson, Katerina Tkacova & Thomas Pert, 'Mapping premodern small war: The case of the Thirty Years War (1618-48)', Small Wars & Insurgencies, 34/6 (2023), pp.1043-1071.

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Elizabeth Stuart: Queen of Hearts by Nadine Akkerman (OUP 2021) in The Seventeenth Century, 37/3 (2022), pp. 504-506.
  • Review of Oliver Cromwell: England und Europa im 17. Jahrhundert by Dieter Berg (Kohlhammer, 2019) in German Historical Institute London Bulletin, 42/1 (2020), pp. 56-60


  • Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2022-2025)
  • Senior Scholarship, Lincoln College, Oxford (2019)
  • Lord Crewe Graduate Scholarship, Lincoln College, Oxford (2019)
  • AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship, University of Oxford (2016-2019)
  • John Grenville Prize in History, University of Birmingham (2014)


  • DPhil in History - University of Oxford
  • MA in Renaissance, Reformation and Early Modern Studies - University of Birmingham
  • BA (Hons) in History - University of Birmingham.