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Prof Mark Hewitson
3.5
33-35 Torrington Place
UCL
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Professor of German History and Politics
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

Mark's interests lie principally in the intellectual, cultural and political history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany and Europe. He is currently working on projects about nationalism and national identity, experiences and representations of modern warfare, and conceptions of Europe and the West during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is also interested in various aspects of historical theory, including the relationship between history and other social sciences.

Research Summary

I am currently working on five projects:

a) The Violence of War
Published works include Absolute War: Violence and Mass Warfare in the German Lands, 1792-1820 (OUP, 2017), The People's Wars: Histories of Violence in the German Lands, 1820-1888 (OUP, 2017), Combatants, Civilians and Cultures of Violence (a special issue of History, 2016) and Making Sense of Military Violence (a special issue of Cultural History, 2017, co-edited with Matthew D'Auria).

b) Birth of a Nation: Germany, 1848-1888
I have published one volume of this project to date: Nationalism in Germany, 1848-1866: Revolutionary Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

c) Nationalism, Globalization and Europeanism
Publications include Germany and the Modern World, 1880-1914 (CUP, 2018), Europe in Crisis: Intellectuals and the European Idea, 1917-1957 (Berghahn, 2012), co-edited with Matthew D'Auria, and What is a Nation? Europe, 1789-1914 (OUP, 2006), co-edited with Timothy Baycroft.

d) International Relations and the Outbreak of the First World War
Publications: Germany and the Causes of the First World War (Bloomsbury, 2004) and 'Germany and France before the First World War: A Reassessment of Wilhelmine Foreign Policy', English Historical Review, 115 (2000).

e) Historical Theory
Publications: History and Causality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and, with E. Akyeampong, C. Arni, P. K. Crossley and W. H. Sewell, 'Explaining Historical Change; or, The Lost History of Causes', American Historical Review, 120 (2015).

Appointments
01-OCT-2014 Professor of German History and Politics ESPS/SELCS UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2005 – 01-SEP-2020 Senior Lecturer in German History and Politics German/ESPS UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1998 – 01-SEP-2005 Lecturer in German History and Politics German/ESPS UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1990 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Modern History University of Oxford
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