I am a fourth-year PhD candidate interested in the political and intellectual history of early modern Europe. My project investigates the links between four major dynastic crises around 1700. From the vantage point of a history of political communication, I investigate how a wide set of subjects grappled with the lasting, if contested idea that the king embodied the political realm under the impression of a string of frail heirs and heirless princely families.
I graduated from the University of Bielefeld in 2010 with a B.A. in History and German Literature followed by an M.Phil. with distinction in Early Modern History at Cambridge University. In 2013, I completed an M.A. in History at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg i. Br. with a one-year research fellowship at Yale University.
Most recently, I passed my general examinations with a major field on 'Britain and the World, 1660-1815', and minor fields on the 'Holy Roman Empire, 1452-1807' and on 'Political Culture in Early Modern Europe'.
2015/6, I worked in the UK as a visiting student at Cambridge University and an honorary member of Trinity Hall. Currently, I live in Paris as a Pensionnaire étranger at the ENS.
For more information and recent publications see: https://princeton.academia.edu/TomT%C3%B6lle