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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.


Elvira Tamus is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of History, Cambridge, working on Franco-Hungarian diplomatic relations in the context of the Valois-Habsburg-Ottoman rivalries in the first half of the sixteenth century. She is interested in late medieval and early modern European political, diplomatic and religious history - with a particular focus on the later crusades, and Christian-Muslim encounters in Central Europe and the Mediterranean.

Elvira obtained her BA degree in History and French from the University of Leicester with academic prizes in Medieval History and in the area of Holocaust and related studies (2019), and her MA degree in Medieval and Early Modern History at Leiden University (2020). In 2021, she was a Research Intern at the Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, co-edited Carnival: Journal of the International Students of History Association, and co-organised the Oxbridge postgraduate colloquium 'Cross-Cultural Entanglements, 1200-1600'. In 2021-2022, she is a Co-Convenor of the Cambridge Workshop for the Early Modern Period, and a Postgraduate Mentor in the History Faculty Transition and Induction Programme.