Alex Taylor


Thesis Title: Dealing in Smoke: the Trade, Consumption and Regulation of Tobacco in Early Modern England, 1624-1685.
Funded by: Wolfson Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship
Start Year: 2014




Primary: Professor Phil Withington | Secondary: Dr Tom Leng


Research Topic

My research aims to cast a wide net over the seventeenth century and explore the criminal aspects connected to the production, trade, and consumption of tobacco. Specific illegal behavior included domestic cultivation, the importation of untaxed tobacco, unlicensed retailing, adulteration, and excessive consumption. I am particularly interested in how these practices may have changed or developed over the course of the century in relation to one another and the effects that they had on specific communities.


Academic Background

  • M.A. Early Modern History, University of Sheffield, 2014
  • B.A. (Hons.) History, University of Sheffield, 2013