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Christos Aliprantis

Christos Aliprantis

PhD candidate in modern European history

Christos Aliprantis is available for consultancy.


I am a PhD candidate in modern European history at the University of Cambridge focusing on Germany, the Habsburg Empire, Greece and the Mediterranean in the long nineteenth century. My dissertation investigates the Prussian and Austrian international policing and intelligence gathering from 1848 to 1870 and is supervised by Prof. Christopher Clark and Prof. Brendan Simms.

Before coming to Cambridge, I earned a BA in history and archaeology from the University of Athens (2013), an MA in Austrian history from the University of Vienna (2015) and an MA in comparative history from the Central European University at Budapest (2016) (all with distinction).

In the past I have received scholarships, stipends and grants from many organizations including the University of Cambridge, the Central European University, the University of Vienna, the Alexander Onassis Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), the DAAD, the German Historical Institute in London, the German History Society, the German Studies Association, the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD), and the Modern Greek Studies Association.

During my PhD studies, I have also held visiting positions at Princeton University (January 2020), the University of Vienna (December 2017-March 2018, March-September 2019), the European University Institute in Florence (June 2018), the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin (July-August 2017) and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt a.M. (September 2017).

Research Interests

Modern European history, 18th-early 20th centuries: modern German, Austrian and East-Central European history; Greek, Balkan and Mediterranean history; international history; history and memory; history of migration; history of science; urban history; microhistory and biography; intelligence and security studies; nationalism studies; borderlands studies


Paper 17: Europe, 1715-1890

Paper 18: Europe, 1890 to the present

European Spring: New Perspectives on the 1848 Revolutions (MPhil option)

Special Subject: the 1848 Revolutions

Historical Argument and Practice ("Revolutions")

Gr.3: Introduction to Modern Greek Language and Culture

Specified Paper 21: Borderlands: Life in the Habsburg-Ottoman Frontier, 1521-1881

Special Paper N: Central European Cities: Prague, Budapest, Vienna, 1450-1914

Other Professional Activities

Co-convener of the modern European history workshop, 2017-2020

Organiser of the DAAD-funded workshop "Politics and Society in Europe after 1848" (Pembroke college, Cambridge, 7 September 2019) 


  • International History
  • Imperial History
  • Academic related
  • Russian History

Key Publications

“The afterlife of Enlightened Absolutism: Commemoration of Maria-Theresa and Joseph II in the Politics of Liberal Reform in Late Imperial Austria”, European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire, 26/2 (2019), pp.305-330

“Political Refugees of the 1848-49 Revolutions in the Kingdom of Greece: Migration, Nationalism and State-formation in Nineteenth century Mediterranean”, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, 37/1 (2019), pp.1-33

“Lives in exile: Foreign political refugees in early independent Greece (1830-53)”, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 43/2 (2019), 1-19

“Transnational Policing after the 1848-49 Revolutions: The Habsburg Empire in the Mediterranean”, European History Quarterly, forthcoming

Other Publications

“Leitbild und Feindbild: Kaiser Joseph II. und der Josephinismus im Kampf um die 'Maigesetze' 1868“, Österreich, Geschichte, Literatur, Geographie, 60/2 (2016), pp.140-158 

“State formation and security policies between the Habsburg Empire and the Italian states after the 1848-49 revolutions”, in: Laura DiFiore (ed.), National security as a transnational issue: The early nineteenth century origins, Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell'800 e del'900, 22/4 (2019), forthcoming 

Book reviews:

“Douglas Moggach, Gareth Stedman Jones (eds.), The 1848 Revolutions and European Political Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)”, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute in London, 41/1 (2019), pp.122-128

“Lydia Tricha, Χαρίλαος Τρικούπης: ο πολιτικός τουΤις πταίει;’ και τουΔυστυχώς επτωχεύσαμεν(Athens: Polis, 2016)”, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 43/2 (2019)

“Konstantina Zanou, Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850. Stammering the Nation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)”, The English Historical Review, forthcoming

Media outreach/newspaper articles:

«Στου Όθωνα τα χρόνια: πολιτικοί πρόσφυγες στην Ελλάδα των μεσών του 19ου αιώνα», Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών, 26-27 January 2019, pp.31-32, 73-74