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Keele University
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Business history, commercial history, economic and social history, merchant networks, news, information
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About Me

I am Reader in the Department of History at Keele University, and an economic and social historian of Britain and the Atlantic World. Following the award of my PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2010, I held postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Manchester and at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. My research explores the ways in which wars and other political conflict affected trade routes and international commerce, primarily examining the construction of commercial networks and the interaction between early modern economies and societies.

I currently hold a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2022-23), having recently completed an AHRC Leadership Fellowship (2018-2022), to support the completion of my second monograph, provisionally entitled ‘Knowledge, Information and Business Education in the early modern Atlantic World’. My first monograph (2014) won the Senior Hume Brown Prize for the best first book in Scottish History. I have two co-edited collections of essays forthcoming with Bloomsbury (in press) and Brill (publication expected 2023-24) and am particularly interested in scholarly editions, both as an author/editor and as co-editor of the Royal Historical Society’s prestigious Camden Series. My full-length edition of The Letter-book of Thomas Baret, 1672-1677 was published by the Norfolk Record Society in 2021. I was co-editor of the Journal of Scottish Historical Research (Edinburgh University Press) from 2014-20, and sits on the board of the Centre for Port and Maritime History (University of Liverpool/LJMU/NMU).

Recent Publications
Selected recent publications:
In pressS. Talbott and C. Rosenthal (eds), A Cultural History of Business (Gen. ed. Andrew Popp)
Vol. 4: The Age of Enlightenment: 1650-1850
(Bloomsbury, scheduled July 2023)
S. Talbott (ed.), The Letter-Book of Thomas Baret of Norwich: merchant and textile manufacturer, 1672-77, Norfolk Record Society vol. 85 (2021)

S. Jones and S. Talbott, ‘Sole Traders? The role of the extended family in eighteenth-century Atlantic business networks’, Enterprise & Society, 22 (2021)

S. Talbott, ‘“Causing misery and suffering miserably”: Representations of the Thirty Years’ War in Literature and History’, Literature and History, 30 (2021), pp. 3-25.

S. Talbott, ‘“What cannot be helped must be indured”: Coping with obstacles to business during the Anglo-Dutch Wars, 1652-1674’, Enterprise & Society, 22 (2021)

K. Brown, A. Kennedy and S. Talbott, ‘“Scots and Scabs from North-by-Tweed”: Undesirable Scottish migrants in seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England’, Scottish Historical Review, 98.2 (2019), pp. 241-265.

A. Grosjean, S. Murdoch and S. Talbott, ‘Drummer Major Spens: letters from a common soldier abroad, 1617-1632’, Northern Studies, 47 (2018), pp. 76-101.

S. Talbott, ‘Diasporic or Distinct?: the Scots in Early Modern Europe’, in T. Bueltmann, J. Clark and D. MacRaild, British and Irish Diasporas: Societies, Cultures, and Ideologies (Manchester University Press, 2018).

S. Talbott, ‘Trade and Commerce’, in Using Primary Sources, a JISC-funded, Open Access, Student-oriented e-book (Gen. ed. Jonathan Hogg). (in press; online publication 2016, hard copy publication 2017, Liverpool University Press).

S. Talbott, Conflict, Commerce and Franco-Scottish Relations, 1560-1713 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014) – winner of the Senior Hume Brown prize in Scottish History, 2016.

S. Talbott, ‘“Such unjustificable practices?”: Irish trade, settlement and society in France, 1688-1715’, Economic History Review, 67.2 (2014), pp. 556-577.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Britain, Scotland, France, North America
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, France, North America, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
2, 3, 4, 6
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Book History, Colonialism, Economic History, Family, Law, Literary History, Migration & Immigration, Public History, Rebellion & Revolution