Faculty in the Department of History

John Eglin

John Eglin

Professor of History

Office: LA 255
Email: john.eglin@umontana.edu

Personal Summary

John Eglin's work explores the relationship between culture and politics in British society from the late 1600s until the end of the 1700s. His current research project, entitled "Gambling and the Public Sphere in England's Long Eighteenth Century," traces the emergence of commercialized gambling from the 1660s through the 1790s. He is also editing James Boswell's journal in Italy, France, and Corsica for the Yale Edition of the Private Papers of James Boswell.

Thanks to the efforts of the University of Montana's Mansfield Library, UM is unusually well equipped to support graduate study in early modern Britain. Undergraduate and Graduate students alike have access to online databases such as Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO), the Burney Collection of Early English Newspapers, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. John Eglin correspondingly accepts MA students in all areas of early modern British history (1500-1800), and PhD students focusing on Britain's long eighteenth century (1660-1900). He welcomes queries by e-mail about any aspect of graduate education.

Field of Study

Early Modern European History, particularly Great Britain; Cultural History


PhD, Yale University, 1996
MA, University of Georgia,1989
BA, Davidson College, 1984

Selected Publications

The Imaginary Autocrat: Beau Nash and the Invention of Bath.  London: Profile Books, 2005.

Venice Transfigured: The Myth of Venice in British Culture, 1660-1797.  New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001.


HSTR 101: Western Civilization to 1648

HSTR 312: Europe in the Age of Absolutism, 1648-1789

HSTR 348: Britain 1485-1688

HSTR 349: Britain 1688-1815

HSTR 350: Britain since 1815

HSTR 418: Early Modern Britain (Advanced Writing Course)