Dr Timothy J Schmalz
I am a cultural historian of diplomacy, with expertise in interwar Austria, Britain and Germany. I have strong interests in transnational histories of Europe, and am increasingly interested in the history of the intersection of diplomacy, refugees, and academia.
I wrote my PhD, 'Anglo-Austrian Diplomatic Backchannels from the Juliputsch to the Anschluss, 1934-38' on the history of the personal and professional relationships between British diplomats and their counterparts in Austrian government during a period of increasing Nazi aggression. Culminating with the German annexation of Austria in March 1938, it investigated how these individuals deployed strategies, mobilised networks, and navigated conflicts of conscience in deciding whether to follow the government line (e.g., British appeasement) or to work for Austria's cause—a cultural history of how diplomats behave in a time of crisis.
Previously, my MPhil here at Cambridge explored the anxieties and decision-making processes of SS Ahnenerbe bureaucrats and publishers as they constructed visual propaganda designed for the home in the form of the annual SS Kalender—a type of 'company calendar' that showcased the various arms of the SS at work in the field and intended for wider public consumption.
From 2012-13, I was a Fulbright Student affiliated with the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Salzburg where I worked on a project about memorialisation and the Holocaust, and proceeded to earn an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service before coming to Cambridge.
Co-convenor, Intelligence Seminar, 2020-Present
Co-convenor, Modern European History Research Seminar, 2018-2020
Co-convenor, Modern European History Workshop, 2016-2019
Graduate Digital Communications Coordinator (Modern European History Subject Group), 2018-2020
History of Interwar Austria and Germany | Cultural History of Diplomacy | Anglo-Austrian Relations | Third Reich | Nazi propaganda, consumer media, and racial policy | Refugee Scholars fleeing the Third Reich
- Lecturer, Paper 18 - European History from 1890, Part I of the Historical Tripos
- Supervisor, Paper 18 - European History from 1890, Part IA of the Historical Tripos
- Supervisor, Historical Argument and Practice, Part II of the Historical Tripos - International and Transnational History; Memory
- Lecturer, Comparative Fascism(s): Theory and Practice - Austria, MPhil in Modern European History
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Sidney Sussex College
Cambridge CB2 3HU