Subject groups/Research projects
My broad research interest is in German national identity; how it has been experienced, theorized, and understood historically by both Germans and non-Germans since the early eighteenth century. More specifically, I explore the eighteenth-century intellectual antecedents of nineteenth-century German nationalism.
I have worked on the political thought of the nationalist philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814), and the life and thought of Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778-1852), a key nationalist activist in Prussia during the Napoleonic era.
My next project is a history of national character as a German political and cultural category in the long eighteenth century.
Part I - Paper 17 'European History 1715-1890'
Part II - Specified Subject 'Total War and European Society 1792-1815'
MEH MPhil - Core Course module 'The Nature of German Nationalism'