David Smith (historian)

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Smith's Alma Mater, Selwyn College, Cambridge

David L. Smith (born 3 December 1963 in London) is a noted historian at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He specializes in Early Modern British history, particularly political, constitutional, legal and religious history within the Stuart. [1] He is the author or co-author of eight books, and the editor or co-editor of five others, and he has also published more than sixty articles (see list of chief publications below).[2]

Early life[edit]

Smith was educated at Eastbourne College (1972–81) and then went up to Selwyn College, Cambridge, as a Scholar in October 1982. At Selwyn he took Firsts in both Parts of the Historical Tripos (with Distinction in Part I), graduating in 1985. He went on to take his PGCE with Distinction in 1986, his MA in 1989, and his PhD in 1990.


In 1991 he won the Royal Historical Society's Alexander Prize, and Cambridge University's Thirlwall Prize for historical research.

He has been a Fellow of Selwyn College since 1988. He has also served as a Director of Studies in History since 1992, and as a Graduate Tutor since 2004. For nearly twelve years (1992–2003) he was Admissions Tutor at Selwyn, a period during which the College's academic performance improved markedly. From 1994 until 2006 he was also the College's Praelector.

He has been an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History at Cambridge since 1995, and he served as Convenor of the Directors of Studies in History from 2006 to 2010.[3] He also teaches regular weekend, day-school and summer school courses for Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education.[4] He has taught on the Institute's annual History Summer Programme every year since 1993, and he has been Programme Director since 2005. He was a member of the Institute's Management Board from 2005 to 2008, and he became an Affiliated Lecturer of the Institute in 2012.

He was an Associate Editor and Research Associate for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004), to which he also contributed twenty-three articles. From 1993 to 2003 he was co-editor of the Cambridge University Press A-level History series Cambridge Perspectives in History, in which thirty books were published. More recently, he was co-editor of the Cambridge University Press series aimed at the AQA specifications for A-level History, in which eighteen books were published in 2015-16. He was an Associate Editor of the Journal of British Studies from 2014 to 2017.

He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago (1991), and at Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea (2004). He served as an External Examiner for the University of Leicester (2007–10), and for the University of Hull (2012-17). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1992, and he has been President of the Cambridge History Forum since 1997.

He served as a Governor of Eastbourne College (1993-2015) and also as a Trustee of Oakham School (2000-12). He was a member of the Cambridgeshire Records Society Committee from 1998 to 2009. He served on the Management Committee of the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon from 2009 to 2015, and he was a Trustee of the Cromwell Association from 2012 to 2015.

Chief publications[edit]

  • Oliver Cromwell: Politics and Religion in the English Revolution, 1640–1658 (Cambridge University Press, 1991)
  • Louis XIV (Cambridge University Press, 1992)
  • Constitutional Royalism and the Search for Settlement, c. 1640–1649 (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
  • (co-edited with Richard Strier and David Bevington) The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London, 1576–1649 (Cambridge University Press, 1995)
  • A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603–1707: The Double Crown (Blackwell, 1998)
  • The Stuart Parliaments, 1603–1689 (Edward Arnold, 1999)
  • (with Graham E. Seel) The Early Stuart Kings, 1603–1642 (Routledge, 2001)
  • (with Graham E. Seel) Crown and Parliaments, 1558–1689 (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
  • (edited) Cromwell and the Interregnum (Blackwell, 2003)
  • Twenty-three articles in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • (co-edited with Jason McElligott) Royalists and Royalism during the English Civil Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • (with Patrick Little) Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • (co-edited with Jason McElligott) Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum (Manchester University Press, 2010)
  • (co-edited with Michael J. Braddick) The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland: Essays for John Morrill (Cambridge University Press, 2011)


  1. ^ "Dr David Smith — Faculty of History". Hist.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-16. 
  2. ^ "A fuller list of publications can be found at the Bibliography of British and Irish History under 'SMITH, David L. (David Lawrence), 1963-'". Cpps.brepolis.net. Retrieved 2016-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Tutor A to Z | Institute of Continuing Education". Ice.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-11-16.