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Timothy Schmalz

Sidney Sussex College


My PhD, 'Paranoia and Concern amongst Austrian and British Diplomats in Vienna, 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.

Supervisor: Professor Brendan Simms


Research Interests

History of Interwar Austria and Germany | Cultural diplomatic history of emotions | Third Reich and Divided Germany | Nazi propaganda, consumer media, and racial policy


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

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

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

Other Professional Activities

Co-convenor, Modern European History Workshop

Co-convenor, Modern European History Research Seminar

Graduate Digital Communications Coordinator (Modern European History Subject Group)