Dr James Fisher
Lecturer in History (E&S)
I am a historian of early modern Britain, with a focus on economic culture. My research focuses on the relation between knowledge, power and agrarian capitalism. I am currently preparing my first book for publication, provisionally titled Pen Over Plough: Books, Knowledge and Agrarian Capitalism in Britain 1660-1800.
Before joining Exeter, I taught at King's College London, Royal Holloway, and the University of East London.
- Social history of agricultural knowledge
- Early modern 'how-to' books and almanacs
- Agricultural literature
- Rise of agrarian capitalism
- Division of mental and manual labour
- Circulation of farming books & knowledge in the Atlantic World
- Georgic as a literary mode
- 'The Master Should Know More: Book-Farming and the Conflict over Agricultural Knowledge’, Cultural and Social History, 15:3 (2018), 315-331.
- ‘Servants in Rural Europe 1400-1900. Edited by Jane Whittle. Boydell. 2017’, History, 103:358 (2018), 867-70.
- 'Making a Living, Making a Difference: Gender and Work in Early Modern European Society. Ed. Maria Ågren. Oxford University Press. 2017', History, 103:354 (2018), 141-3.
I completed my PhD in History at King's College London in 2018, supervised by Prof. Arthur Burns and Dr. Alexandra Sapoznik.
I am trained in disciplines across the humanities and sciences. I have an MA in Modern History (King's College London, 2014), an MA in Political Philosophy (University of York, 2008) and a BSc in Physics (2006).