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Timothy Schmalz


My PhD, 'Anglo-Austrian Diplomatic Back-channels, 1934-38' is ultimately a cultural history of the personal and professional relationships between British diplomats and their counterparts in Austrian government during a period of increasing Nazi aggression.  Culminating with the German annexation of Austria in March 1938, it investigates how these individuals navigated conflicts of conscience in deciding whether to follow the government line (e.g., British appeasement) or to act out of friendship—a history of emotions of how diplomats behave in a time of crisis.

Supervisors: Professor Brendan Simms and Dr Helen Roche

Previously, my MPhil here at Cambridge explored the anxieties and decision-making processes of SS Ahnenerbe bureaucrats and publishers as they constructed visual propaganda designed for the home in the form of the annual SS Kalender—a type of 'company calendar' that showcased the various arms of the SS at work in the field and intended for wider public consumption. 

From 2012-13, I was a Fulbright Student affiliated with the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Salzburg where I worked on a project about memorialization and the Holocaust, and proceeded to earn an M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service before coming to Cambridge.  


Research Interests

History of Interwar Austria and Germany | New Diplomatic History | Cultural history of emotions | Third Reich | Nazi propaganda, consumer media, and racial policy | Refugee Scholars fleeing the Third Reich

Research Supervision

Supervisor, History and MML (German) Year Abroad Project on German public debates over contemporary Holocaust film, 2020-2021


Lecturer, Paper 18 - European History from 1890, Part I of the Historical Tripos

Supervisor, Paper 18 - European History from 1890, Part IA of the Historical Tripos

Lecturer, Comparative Fascism(s): Theory and Practice - Austria - MPhil in Modern European History

Other Professional Activities

Co-convenor, Intelligence Seminar, 2020-Present

Co-convenor, Modern European History Workshop, 2018-Present

Co-convenor, Modern European History Research Seminar, 2016-2019

Graduate Digital Communications Coordinator (Modern European History Subject Group), 2018-Present

Key Publications

'Collective Memory, Identity, and Cross-cultural Conversations' in Jason McDonald and Torbjörn Wandel, A Cultural History of Historiography in the Modern Age, 1920-Present. London, forthcoming.

Co-Editor, special issue of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, on ‘Fascist and National Socialist Antiquities and Materialities’, with Helen Roche, December 2019.


Other Publications

Books Reviews

Blog Post

Conference Report

  • ‘Nature Protection, Environmental Policy, and Social Movements in Communist and Capitalist Countries during the Cold War’, with Natalie Smith, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, 56, (Fall 2015).