Daniel Banks

RHS Marshall Fellow, 2022-23

Daniel Banks is an RHS Marshall Fellow, 2022-23, held jointly with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Daniel’s six-month fellowship will run from January 2023 to June 2023 and will enable completion of his PhD thesis: ‘The Floating Revolution: revolutionary mobilities, organisation and practices in the western Mediterranean, c. 1856-1875’, based at the European University Institute, Florence.

Daniel’s work focuses on how a heterogeneous group of republican revolutionaries influenced the politics of nation-building and colonialism in the western Mediterranean from 1850 to 1875. By taking a sea-based approach, he brings together different national historiographies and argues for the relevance of previously overlooked actors. 

To do this, Daniel’s dissertation concentrates on particular moments in which republicans took advantage of the connectivity and logistical possibilities offered by the Mediterranean’s maritime context to influence the course of events. Each of these incidents is analysed at a local level. But it is also placed in connection with the wider relevance of the republican movement and the transformation of the Mediterranean world as a whole. Ultimately, Daniel argues that political conflict between the republicans and other actors was a driving force behind the configuration of polities such as the French Third Republic, the restored Spanish monarchy and the Kingdom of Italy, while it was also a determining factor in the consolidation of Algeria as a European settler colony.