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Marcus Colla


I am undertaking my PhD studies as a Gates Scholar and Cambridge Australia Honorary Scholar under the supervision of Professor Sir Christopher Clark. The working title of my PhD is 'The Prussian Myth in East Germany'. Specifically, I am looking at the employment of historical narratives as a stabilising basis of rule in East Germany.

Prior to coming to Cambridge, I completed a Bachelor of Arts (History and Philosophy) with Honours at the University of Tasmania, where I graduated with First Class Honours. I have also completed a Diploma of Languages in German.

In 2014-2015 I completed an MPhil in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge as a Cambridge Trusts Scholar, from which I graduated with distinction, winning the Faculty of History Members' Fund Prize for my dissertation.

I also write for the Lowy Institute Interpreter blog on German and European politics:




Paper 17, European History 1715-1890

Paper 18, European History Since 1890

Historical Argument and Practice

Key Publications

'Prussian Palimpsests: Historic Architecture and Urban Spaces in East Germany, 1945-1961', Central European History 50 (2017), pp. 184-217.

Other Publications

Book reviews:

Review of Simon Ward, Urban Memory and Visual Culture in Berlin: Framing the Asynchronous City, 1957-2012 (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016), German Politics and Society 35 (2017), pp. 96-99.

Review of Matthias Grünzig, Für Deutschtum und Vaterland. Die Potsdamer Garnisonkirche im 20. Jahrhundert (Berlin 2017), in: H-Soz-Kult, 13.10.2017, <>.