Aaron Graham

aaron graham

Aaron was a Research Associate on The European Fiscal-Military System project between 2019 and 2021, with responsibility for the London case study, before taking up a post as Lecturer in Early Modern British Economic History at University College London.  He remained involved with the project, and worked on writing his monograph entitled Infinite money: Britain and the European fiscal-military system, 1560-1870, which is under contract with Oxford University Press.  After receiving his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2012, Aaron held several research and teaching posts, including a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, and was a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities at the University of Oxford.  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2015.

He worked on the economic, social and political history of Britain and the British Empire between 1660 and 1850, with a focus on finance, politics, government, corruption and regulation.  He was the author of Corruption, party and government in Britain, 1702-13 (2015) a study of state formation, military finance and political partisanship, and Bills of Union: money, empire and ambitions in the mid-eighteenth century British Atlantic (2021).  Besides Infinite money, he was also writing a study entitled Tropical Leviathan: slavery, society and security in Jamaica, 1770-1840 examining the colonial fiscal-military state and plantation slavery.  His long-term research project was a study of banking regulation, state power, colonial politics and settler capitalism across the British Empire between 1815 and 1850.


Dr Aaron Graham, 1984-2023: A tribute - Economic History Society (ehs.org.uk)


"Provisions, Passports and the Problems of International Warfare in Early Eighteenth-Century Northern Italy: A Micro-Historical Study". Aaron Graham and Michael Paul Martoccio. European History Quarterly, Volume 53, Issue 2, 2023.

Slavery, security and society in Jamaica and the British Atlantic, 1770-1840 (Oxford University press, forthcoming 2021)

Bills of Union: Money, Empire and Ambitions in the Mid Eighteenth Century British Atlantic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)

 "Huguenots, Jacobites, prisoners and the challenge of military remittances in early modern warfare". War and Society, 2021.

‘Credit, credibility and the circulation of Exchequer Bills in the early Financial Revolution’, Financial History Review 26 (2019) pp. 63-80

‘A descent into Hellshire: safety, security and the slave society in Jamaica, 1819-20’, Atlantic Studies: Global Currents (forthcoming, 2019)

‘Security, taxation and the imperial system in Jamaica, 1721-1782’, Early American Studies (forthcoming, 2019).  With Prof. Trevor Burnard

‘Corruption and contractors in the North Atlantic, 1754-63’, English Historical Review 133 (2018) pp. 1093-1119

‘The British Financial Revolution and the empire of credit in St Kitts and Nevis, 1706-21’, Historical Research 91 (2018) pp. 685-704

The British Fiscal-Military States, 1660-c. 1783 (Routledge, 2016).  With Dr Patrick Walsh.

Corruption, Party and Government in Britain, 1702-13 (Oxford University Press, 2015)

‘Auditing Leviathan: corruption and state formation in early eighteenth century Britain’, English Historical Review vol. 128 no. 533 (August 2013) pp. 806-38.

‘Finance, localism and military representation in the army of the Earl of Essex (June-December 1642)’, Historical Journal vol. 52 no. 4 (December 2009) pp. 879-98.

Aaron Graham 1984 - 2023 

Aaron was the ideal colleague, collaborator, and friend. He shared his time and work generously, both his conceptual insights and the material he had unearthed in the archives. His range of interests was profound and his intellectual curiosity was unabated. His calm personality, good advice and dry humour enriched our lives as well as our project, and we all miss him deeply.