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Dr Ambrogio Caiani

Lecturer Modern European History

History (Rutherford W2.W8)

Ambrogio's main research interests cover Revolutionary France and Napoleonic Italy.

Ambrogio received his doctorate from Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge in 2009. Since then he has taught at the Universities of Greenwich, York and Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. He was appointed Lecturer in Modern European History at Kent in 2013. His teaching focuses on Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Europe. His main area of expertise is the French Revolution and teaches a special subject entitled Napoleon and Europe: War, Empire, Civilisation and Law 1799–1815. He is in the process of designing an MA advanced option entitled: ‘Literary Undergrounds and Anarchists in the Basement Paris in the Age of Revolutions 1715-1870’ which is scheduled to run during the academic year 2015-2016 and will be based Kent’s Paris Campus in Reid Hall.

Ambrogio's main research interests have focused on Revolutionary France and Napoleonic Italy. His doctorate examined the declining fortunes of Louis XVI's court during the early French Revolution and was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. He is currently working on a second book project with the provisional title: ‘Napoleon, the Cardinal and the Prostitute: A scandal in Napoleonic Bologna 1806’. Ambrogio is also very interested in how the ancien régime was invented and conceptualised during the nineteenth century. With Prof. Michael Broers of the University of Oxford he is in the process of organising an international conference entitled: ‘The Price of Peace, Modernising the Ancien Régime? 1815-1848.’ This will encourage scholars to engage in new comparative perspectives on the political history of the European Restorations and Vormärz periods. The conference is scheduled to take place at Kent’s Paris Campus in September 2016. He welcomes enquiries from potential MA and PhD students interested in high politics, diplomacy, military history and princely courts during eighteenth and nineteenth century European especially France and Italy.

Ambrogio reviews for: English Historical Review, French History, H-France, History (the Journal of the HA), International History Review, War in History, The Coat of Arms

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Louis XVI and the French Revolution 1789-1792 (Cambridge University Press, 2012)


  • 'Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette' in David Andress ed, Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming)
  • 'The Levée en Masse in History' in Europäische Geschichte Online published by the Institut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz (December 2010)
  • 'Louis XVI's Chapel during the French Revolution' in the Oxford University Press journal, French History, vol.22 no.4 (2008), pp. 425-45.
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  • English Translator of H.E. Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo’s Manuale di Araldica Ecclesiastica nella Chiesa Cattolica first published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana
  • Television appearance on American version of popular program ‘who do you think you are?’ Jim Parsons episode.
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • Member of the Society for Court Studies
  • Member of the Society for the Study of French History
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