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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, 10-11:30am, in the Old Library 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 (

Christos Aliprantis, Pembroke College (


Easter 2018 Schedule

24 April                 Stephen Rainbird (Trinity Hall)
                             British Insurance and the Spanish Civil War

8 May                    David Klemperer (St. Edmund's College)
                             Léon Blum and the Socialist Response to Neo-Socialism

22 May                  Luisa Hulsrøj (Trinity Hall)
                              The Potempa Murder and Political Violence in Germany's Interwar Borderlands

31 May                  Max Lambert (Gonville & Caius College)
                              An 'Historical Mafia': The U.C.D.-Peterhouse Connection
                             Joint Session with the Modern British History Workshop
                             *5pm, Munro Room, Queens' College*

5 June                   Christina Rothenhäusler (Pembroke College)
                              Promoting Modern Art in Post-War Germany, 1945-1962