Dr Oliver F. R. Haardt
I am a historian of modern Germany and Europe, who is particularly interested in how constitutional and political developments related to the intellectual debates surrounding them. I look at the history of the state from three major perspectives: law, power, and identity. Currently, I am working on the completion of a federal history of Imperial Germany between 1871 and 1918. The book examines how Imperial Germany turned from a loose confederation of sovereign states into a powerful centralised regime, arguing that this structural transformation was driven by an underlying conflict between monarchical and parliamentary power.
Since 2017, I am a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College Cambridge. Before that, I undertook my graduate studies under the supervision of Sir Christopher Clark at Trinity College Cambridge, where I was a Gates Scholar and a fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. I was also a fellow of the International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Legal History (2011-12) and of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2010-2011). In 2016, my doctoral dissertation on the federal evolution of Imperial Germany won the Helmut-Coing-Prize of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History.
Constitutional, Political, and Intellectual History of Germany and Modern Europe
I welcome inquiries from students interested in the history of nineteenth and twentieth-century Germany and Europe.
Historical Tripos, Part I: I supervise for Paper 17 (European History, 1715-1890) and Paper 18 (European History since 1890).
Historical Tripos, Part II: I lecture on the constitutional history of 1848 in the Special Subject "The 1848 Revolutions" and teach several topics in the Historical Argument and Practice paper, in particular "Power", "Nation", and "Time".
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Cambridge CB3 0AG