Philipp Heckmann-Umhau

PhD candidate in Modern European History

Philipp's research centres on the development of modern cities. His dissertation, "Urban Planning in Strasbourg and Sarajevo, 1848-1918" (2023) offers a comparative history of two cities that had a lot in common in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Strasbourg and Sarajevo were unlike any other city within their respective empire. They were like each other in several respects. Both were conquered, occupied, and annexed by a European power, within which they remained oddities in a political, constitutional, linguistic and confessional sense. The dissertation examines how urban planning played out at the peripheries of empire.

Supervisor: Prof. Sir Christopher Clark

Urban planning and architecture in Imperial Germany, Austria-Hungary, France, and the Ottoman Empire.


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King's College, Cambridge CB2 1ST


Key publications

‘Modernes Baurecht in Elsass-Lothringen: Eine europäische Geschichte‘ [Modern Planning Law in Alsace-Lorraine: A European History], in Elsass-Lothringen als juristisches Laboratorium, ed. by Martin Löhnig (Regensburg: Edition Rechtskultur, 2023), pp. 47-74.

‘Ephemeral Heritage: The Ottoman Centre of Austro-Hungarian Sarajevo (1878-1918)’, in: La Città Palinsesto: Tracce, sguardi e narrazioni sulla complessità dei contesti urbani storici. Vol. II: Rappresentazione, conoscenza, conservazione, ed. by Maria Ines Pascariello & Alessandra Veropalumbo (Naples: Federico II University Press, 2021), pp. 613-21.