Varouxakis, Georgios

Georgios Varouxakis is Professor of the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary University of London, where he is also Co-director of the Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought. His research interests lie in modern intellectual history and include the history of political thought (British, French and American 19th-20th centuries), the history of international political thought, political thought on nationalism, patriotism, internationalism and cosmopolitanism, on empire and imperialism, and the intellectual history of ideas of the West and ideas of Europe. His books include Liberty Abroad: J. S. Mill on International Relations (2013), Mill on Nationality (2002), and Victorian Political Thought on France and the French (2002). He is currently writing The West: The History of an Idea, to be published by Princeton University Press.

Selected publications


  • Liberty Abroad: J. S. Mill on International Relations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013 — “Ideas in Context” Series).
  • Victorian Political Thought on France and the French (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).
  • Mill on Nationality (London and New York: Routledge, 2002 –Routledge/PSA [Political Studies Association of UK and Ireland] “Political studies” Series).
  • Contemporary France: An Introduction to French Politics and Society, co-authored with David Howarth (London: Arnold, 2003).
  • Utilitarianism and Empire, co-edited with Bart Schultz (Lanham, ML: Lexington Books, 2005).
  • John Stuart Mill: Thought and Influence – The saint of rationalism, co-edited with Paul Kelly (London and New York: Routledge, 2010).


  • ‘The Godfather of “Occidentality”: Auguste Comte and the Idea of “the West”’, Modern Intellectual History, forthcoming.
  • ‘1848 and British political thought on “the principle of nationality”’, in: Gareth Stedman Jones and Douglas Moggach (eds), The 1848 Revolutions and European Political Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, forthcoming).
  • ‘“Negrophilist” Crusader: John Stuart Mill on the American Civil War and Reconstruction’, History of European Ideas, Vol. 39, No. 5 (2013), pp. 729-754.
  • ‘Mid-Atlantic musings: The “Question of Europe” in British intellectual debates, 1961-2009’, in: Justine Lacroix and Kalypso Nicolaïdis (eds), European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Contexts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 147-166.
  • ‘“Patriotism”, “Cosmopolitanism” and “Humanity” in Victorian Political Thought’, European Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2006), pp. 100-118.
  • ‘Guizot’s Historical Works and J. S. Mill’s Reception of Tocqueville’, History of Political Thought, Vol. 20, No. 2 (1999), pp. 292-312.