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Dr Mathias Haeussler

Dr Mathias  Haeussler

Lumley Research Fellow, Magdalene College

Magdalene College
Cambridge CB3 0AG


I have recently left Cambridge to take up a position at the University of Regensburg. You can find my current academic profile here: 


Mathias Haeussler is currently Lumley Research Fellow (JRF) at Magdalene College. He holds a Ph.D. in History and M.Phil. in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge, as well as a B.A. in Politics and History from Queen Mary University of London. In recent years, he has also been British Research Council Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.. as well as a DAAD-funded visiting scholar at the University of Bonn (2012-13). He dislikes writing about himself in the third person.

Over recent months, I have become involved in the public debate over Britain's past and future relationship with the European Union in Britain and Germany, and I am happy to give talks and interviews on the subject. I have published pieces for British Politics and PolicyLSE EUROPP, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, and the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung.

Subject groups/Research projects

Modern European History:

Research Interests

My main interest is in post-1945 International History, with a particular focus on European integration and the Cold War. I also have a broader interest in twentieth century British and German history, British attitudes towards Europe, Anglo-German relations, the transatlantic relationship, and the cultural history of the Cold War.

My first book, Helmut Schmidt and British-German Relations: A European Misunderstanding, sheds fresh light on the deeper reasons behind the very different British and German attitudes towards European integration after 1945, as well as on the two countries' unprecedentedly close cooperation in the transatlantic alliance amidst the resuring Cold War tensions of the late 1970s. It is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in early 2019. My next project investigates Elvis Presley's role in the Cold War.


I am supervising and lecturing on Paper 6 ("British Political History since 1880") and Paper 18 ("European History since 1890"), having previously taught at the University of Cologne and the University of Bonn. I am also closely involved in the teaching of the M.Phil. in Modern European History, and regularly supervise BA and M.Phil. theses on my areas of expertise.

Key Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

[Roundtable] 'In Memory of the “Two Helmuts”: The Lives, Legacies, and Historical Impact of Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl', Central European History 51/2 (2018), 282-309.

'The Convictions of a Realist: Concepts of "Solidarity" in Helmut Schmidt’s European Thought, 1945-82', European Review of History: Revue Européenne d'histoire 24/6 (2017), 955-972.

 'A "Cold War European"? Helmut Schmidt and European Integration, c.1945-1982', Cold War History 15/4 (2015), 427-47. [reviewed on H-Diplo]

'A pyrrhic victory: Harold Wilson, Helmut Schmidt, and the British Renegotiation of EC membership, 1974-5', The International History Review 37/4 (2015), 768-89. [reviewed on H-Diplo]

'The Popular Press and Ideas of Europe: The Daily Mirror, the Daily Express, and Britain's First Application to Join the EEC, 1961-63', Twentieth Century British History 25/1 (March 2014), 108-131.

Book Chapters

‘Two very different Atlanticists? Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt, 1974-1992’, in B. Rother and K. Larres (eds.), Willy Brandt and International Relations: Europe, the USA and Latin America, 1974-1992 (London: Bloomsbury), in preparation.

'The Inward-Looking Outsider? The British Popular Press and European Integration, 1961-1992', in H.A. Ikonomou, A. Andry, and R. Byberg (eds.), European Enlargement Across Rounds and Beyond Borders (London: Routledge, 2017), 77-98.

'A "converted European"? James Callaghan and the "Europeanization" of British foreign policy in the 1970s', in G. Clemens and A. Reinfeldt (eds.), Europeanization of Foreign Policies: International Socialization in Intergovernmental Policy Fields (Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 2017), 153-66.

'Zwischen Weltwirtschaftsoper und Kamingespräch: Helmut Schmidt und die Gipfeldiplomatie am Beispiel der deutsch-britischen Beziehungen, 1974-82', in P. Hoeres and A. Tischer (eds.), Medien der Außenbeziehungen von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (Cologne: Böhlau, 2017), 48-68.

Other Publications

I regularly review books and articles for various outlets, including H-Diplo, H-Soz-Kult, Reviews in History, Historische Zeitschrift, and Twentieth Century British History.