Dr Edmond Smith


Edmond completed his undergraduate degree at Coventry University (2009) before moving to King’s College London for his MA (2010).  He then moved to the University of Cambridge to complete his PhD (2015).  An early modern historian specialising in global cultural and economic history, Edmond joined PEIC and Kent in 2015. His research focuses on commercial communities, network economics, and global trade, and in doing so explores the cultural and social history of economic change and empire.

His publications to date have focused on the early history of England’s overseas expansion and cover topics ranging from diplomatic engagement with the Mughal Empire to imaginary epistemology in artistic representations of the world. He is currently engaged with completing his first book, Mere Merchants: Global Trade, Community and Empire in Early Modern England.

In addition to his academic work, Edmond has taught a range of undergraduate courses at the University of Cambridge and the University of Kent as well as leading masterclasses in digital humanities at a number of other institutions.

He has also undertaken research in the contemporary finance sector, working with some of the worlds most venerable institutions and most exciting start-ups.  His current projects in this area include exploring possible applications of blockchain technology and working with Insurance Times on a series of articles about cultures of innovation.






Edmond Smith & Richard Blakemore (eds.) ‘Africa in the Atlantic World’ special edition of Itinerario, 39:2 (2015)

Edmond Smith, Canaanising Madagascar’: Africa in the English imperial imagination, 1635-1650, Itinerario, 39:2 (2015) pp. 277-298

Edmond Smith, De-personifying Collaert’s Four Continents: European descriptions of continental diversity, 1585-1625,European Review of History: Revue européenne d’histoire, 21:6 (2014) pp. 817-835.

Edmond Smith, The Economic World of the Early Dutch and English Atlantic, in D’Maris Coffman, Adrian Leonard & William O’Reilly (eds.) ‘The Atlantic World’ (Routledge, 2014)

Edmond Smith, Naval Violence and Trading Privileges in Early Seventeenth-Century AsiaInternational Journal of Maritime History, 25 (2013) pp. 147-158

Edmond Smith, The Impact of Mercantile Competition on Anglo-Dutch Relations, 1600-1674Ex Historia, 3 (2011) pp. 1-20


Blog posts

InsuranceTimes blog series: Demographics of Innovation, Innovation in the Board Room, The Innovation Revolution.

Financial Services: Blockchain and the Bill of Exchange

Research Methodology: From Manuscript to Visualisation – a guide for network analysis

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