Hamish Scott#

Obituary, Professor Guy Rowlands, University of St. Andrews

Curriculum vitae#


  • Educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh (1951-64), the University of Edinburgh (M.A. Hons. Hist., class II:i, 1968) and the London School of Economics (Ph.D., 1977)
  • Lecturer in Modern History, University of Birmingham (1970-78); Lecturer (1978-90), Senior Lecturer (1990-2000), Professor (2000-06) and Wardlaw Professor of International History (2006-09), University of St. Andrews.
  • Hon. Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow (2005-)
  • Leverhulme Major Research Fellow (2005-08)
  • Visting Fellow, Peterhouse, Cambridge, 2005-06
  • Fellow of the British Academy (2006-).
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2008-).
  • Member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton (2008-09)
  • Member of the Academia Europaea, (2009-)
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Scotland) (2010-).



1. Forming Aristocracy: the reconfiguration of the European nobility c.1300-1750 [Under contract to Oxford University Press, for completion in 2014.] This examines the emergence of a more stratified and powerful nobility in many European countries during the late medieval and early modern periods. Particular attention is paid to changes within the nobility itself, with the emergence of an elite distinguished by status, titles and social, political and economic power, and to the family strategies which advanced this diversification and compression. Based upon contemporary writings and the voluminous secondary literature, it provides the first comparative study of the social construction of Europe’s modern aristocracy.

2. The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern European History, c.1350-1750 [This is a large-scale two-volume survey of early modern history, how it has developed over the past generation and the present state of knowledge, with over fifty contributors. It is to be published by Oxford University Press, and will be completed by spring 2014. I am the sole editor, and have signed up authors for all the chapters.]


The European International System and the Formation of States c.1450-1815 [in the 'Oxford History of early modern Europe ed. R.J.W. Evans.] This is a large-scale study of state-building and international rivalry in early modern Europe, and the sections on 1648-1815 have been researched and partly written. But a growing dissatisfaction with purely institutional explanations of state-building has led me to undertake extensive further work on elites during these centuries and to develop a more comprehensive explanation of state-formation. The book on aristocratisation is therefore an essential preliminary to the ‘Oxford History’ volume and will contribute significantly to it.]

Professional contribution:
  • Member of the editorial board of International History Review (2002-05; 2007-)
  • Member of the editorial board of German History (1987- 2003)
  • Editor of 'Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History' (1994-1999)
  • Early Modern Editor of the series 'Modern Wars in Perspective', published by Longman (1990- )
  • Member, Scottish History Panel, 1990-92 Member, Scottish Universities Curriculum Executive, 1989-92
  • Review Editor, German History. 1987-92
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 1978-
  • Review Editor, History. 1973-78

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