Prof. Béla Kapossy
Béla Kapossy is professor of Early Modern History at the University of Lausanne. He is interested in the study of Enlightenment political thought, political economy, and historiography. Currently, he is working on two book projects that both feed into the project on Agrarian Republics. The first is a collective volume on Gibbon and Lausanne, the second is a monograph on Swiss international thought during the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
Dr. Graham Clure
Graham Clure is a Senior FNS Researcher in the History Department at the University of Lausanne. He is currently completing a first monograph, titled The Political Economy of the General Will, which is based on a doctoral dissertation on the context of Rousseau’s Considerations on the Government of Poland. A second monograph will represent the American segment of the Enlightenment Agrarian Republics project. It examines European critiques of the American mixed constitution, starting with Turgot’s warning that the American revolutionaries had failed to understand the lessons of the European Enlightenment, planting the seeds of a future civil war. An ensuing trans-Atlantic debate hinged on what kind of federal system could successfully confront the challenges of slavery, westward expansion, and industrialization under conditions of international economic competition.
Auguste Bertholet is a doctoral student working on the Swiss political and economic thought of the late eighteenth century. His previous work includes research on Mirabeau the Elder’s correspondence with Sacconay.
Radek Szymanski is a doctoral student working on late eighteenth century Swiss and French projects for political and economic reform, especially those concerning Poland – and their reception in Poland. He previously worked on Michał Wielhorski, a Polish political writer known for his collaboration with Mably and Rousseau.