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Modern European History

The Modern European History Workshop is a friendly forum for graduate students to present research on any aspect of Modern European History. Our definition of ‘Modern European’ is a broad one.  We host papers on themes including, but not limited to, the political, cultural, economic, intellectual, social and military history of Europe from the mid-1700s to the present.  Presentations on methodological issues and on comparative or transnational histories are also encouraged.  We welcome presentations on work in progress and on completed projects as well as papers from MPhils and PhDs at an early stage of their research. 

Unless otherwise noted, the workshop meets on Thursdays, 10-11:30am, in N7 at Pembroke College.  Sessions take the format of a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by questions and discussion. 

The workshop calendar, which lists upcoming and past events, is available here.

Please access information on our previous workshops here.


January 22        Joint session with the German History Research Group (Faculty Building, Room 5, 4 pm)

Sebastian Hundt (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena): Otto von Manteuffel in the “Vereinigte Landtag”

Jonathan Triffitt (University of St Andrews): Ein ewiger Bund? Royal solidarity in republican Germany, 1918-c.1934


February 6         The academic job search: A panel

Christos Aliprantis (PhD student, Pembroke College), Allegra Fryxell (JRF, Pembroke College), Celia Donert (University Lecturer in Central European History)


February 20       Jack Brake (Christ's College)    

Prestige-Seeking and Rule-Following: The Case of West Germany after WWII


March 5              Pieter-Jan Sterenborg (Clare College)

A lack of agency or a mission of the nation? Neutrality in Belgium and the Netherlands, 1899-1914


For any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the convenors.  



Christos Aliprantis, Pembroke College (

Luisa Hulsrøj, Trinity Hall (

Otis Illert, Wolfson College (

Horia Teodorescu, St Catharine's College (