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Dr Mathias Haeussler

Dr Mathias  Haeussler

Lumley Research Fellow, Magdalene College

Magdalene College
Cambridge CB3 0AG


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 current book project investigates the former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt's role in Anglo-German relations, using his personal story to shed fresh light on the bilateral relationship in the 1970s. Using Schmidt’s narrative of his disappointment with British attitudes towards Europe as my point of departure, the book reveals that, whatever differences existed inside the European Community, his chancellorship actually saw an extraordinary degree of Anglo-German cooperation outside formal Community structures. Indeed, I argue that Britain and Germany played a vital part in the emergence of a distinct West European position during what came to be known as the ‘second’ Cold War in the late 1970s. In so doing,  the book forces us to reconsider widely-held orthodoxies about the nature of 1970s West European cooperation, as well as about the cultural and often teleological narratives underlying our understanding of European integration. It also offers a fresh take on British attitudes towards Europe in light of contemporary developments.

My next two projects investigate the cultural and intellectual history of John F. Kennedy's concept of an 'Atlantic Community' in the post-war transatlantic relationship, and 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

'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.