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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 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. Throughout the year, the workshop also holds special events that are aimed at offering advice for early career development. Past events have included Q&As on academic publishing and ‘state of the discipline’ talks by leading historians from Cambridge and beyond.


The workshop meets on Tuesdays between 4:45pm and 5:45pm in the Knox Shaw Room at Sidney Sussex College. Sessions take the format of a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by questions and discussion. Every term the workshop meets for an End-of-Term Dinner at a nearby restaurant or College, and at the start of Michaelmas we host a Welcome Dinner for all new and continuing graduate students.

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

Please access information on our previous workshops here.

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



Timothy J. Schmalz, Sidney Sussex College (

Chelsea Michta, Queens' College (


Lent 2018 Schedule

30 January           Sander Lutz (Queens' College, Cambridge)
                             Popular Culture and the 'Holocaust by Bullets'

13 February          Chelsea Michta (Queens' College, Cambridge)
                             The Warsaw Rising in Polish Popular Culture after 1989

27 February          James Fortuna (Magdalene College, Cambridge)
                              Cooperation, Construction, Coercion, Consent: Understanding the Role of Reimagined Urban Space within
                             Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy

13 March               Professor Brendan Simms (Peterhouse, Cambridge)
                              Why do we need another biography of Hitler?
                             End-of-term dinner at Côte Brasserie, 6pm