School of History

Dr David Veevers

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow



I joined the School of History at Queen Mary as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in 2018. Having completed my PhD at the University of Kent in 2015, I remained there as a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Researcher on a £1m funded project 'The Global Determinants of the English Constitution', exploring the role trading companies played in England's domestic and global histories in the seventeenth century.

My 3 year Leverhulme project at Queen Mary is titled 'Transnational Constitutions: Asian Governance in a Global World'.


Research Interests:

My research focuses on imperial and global history, specifically on the early modern origins of the British Empire in Asia through a study of the English East India Company. This has included research on imperialism, state formation, family, gender, corporations, and, latterly, constitutions.

My first monograph, A Hundred Gates: Asia and the Origins of the British Empire, 1600 - 1800, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

As a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, my 3 year project 'Transnational Constitutions: Asian Governance in a Global World' will explore the process through which Asian states responded to the increasing presence of transnational communities within their borders by adapting their constitutional systems and practices to integrate various groups, especially Europeans. It hopes to challenge the existing narratives of the mutual exclusivity of a strong Asian state system and an expansive European presence. The project also aims to reveal the transformation of supposedly divergent European rivals once integrated into the same Asian constitutional systems, tracing the way in which they developed common judicial, jurisdictional, commercial, cultural and diplomatic policies and practices.



A Hundred Gates: Asian and the Origins of the British Empire in Asia, 1600 - 1800 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019/2010)

William A. Pettigrew and David Veevers, eds., The Corporation as a Protagonist in Global History, c1550 to 1750 (Brill, Global Economic History Series, forthcoming Open Access 2018)

Peer-reviewed articles

'"Inhabitants of the Universe": Global Families, Kinship Networks and the Formation of the Early Modern Colonial State in Asia', Journal of Global History, vol. 10, no. 1 (March, 2015), pp. 99 - 121

'"The Company as their Lords and the Deputy as a Great Rajah": Imperial Expansion and the English East India Company on the West Coast of Sumatra, 1685 - 1730', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 41, no. 5 (2013), pp. 687 - 709

Edited volume chapter

'The Contested State: Political Authority and the Decentred Foundations of the Early Modern Colonial State in Asia', in Mahesh Gopalan and William A. Pettigrew, eds., The East India Company: Essays on Anglo-Indian Connection (Routledge, 2016), pp. 175 - 192