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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. 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.


Unless otherwise noted, the workshop meets on Tuesdays, 10-11:30am, 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 (

Christos Aliprantis, Pembroke College (

Luisa Hulsrøj, Trinity Hall (


Lent 2019 Schedule

      29 January          Jan Tattenberg (New College, Oxford)

                                   In Defense of the West? West-German Strategic Thought and the Idea of an European Army, 1950-70           


      12 February         Taym Saleh (Queens' College, Cambridge)

                                   'Europhobes,' 'Eurofanatics,' and 'Gutless Whingers': the EEC, the Parties, and the Electorate in Britain, 1983-4


      28 February         James Morris (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)

                                   Wallachia Before Europe: the 1848 Revolution on the European Stage

                                   11am on Thursday 


       12 March             Dr Allegra Fryxell (Pembroke College, Cambridge)

                                   Petroleum Pioneer: the Untold Story of George Tugendhat and British Oil, 1898-1973