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Academic Profile


I am a political historian of modern Germany, and modern Europe more generally. My work explores the building of states and empires, as well as larger questions of sovereignty across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I also have a keen interest in the relationship between political processes and cities.

My first book, Beyond the Barricades: Government and State-Building in Post-Revolutionary Prussia, 1848-58 (Oxford: OUP, January 2019), investigates the shifting political landscape in German-speaking Europe after the 1848/9 revolutions. It focuses on the activities of a group of moderate conservatives in Prussia, most of whom were determined to learn lessons from their experiences of upheaval and enact a wave of reforms spanning from criminal justice to urban planning. In other words, the work re-evaluates the fundamental importance of these figures to the breakdown of feudal realities across German-speaking Europe, and in doing so, recasts the post-revolutionary period as one in which a new world of direct state engagement comes to the fore in the shaping of modern Prussia and ultimately, modern Germany. I have a book chapter related to this project in The 1848 Revolutions and European Political Thought, ed. by Douglas Moggach and Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge: CUP, 2018) and an article entitled ‘Down with the Walls! The Politics of Place in Spanish and German Urban Extension Planning, 1848-1914,’ Journal of Modern History 90 (2018), in which I extended part of my research to consider the urban-extension schemes embraced by conservative governments in the post-revolutionary period in Germany and Spain.

After completing my first book, I began to push my research forward by reconceptualising state-building as an ongoing process of making sovereign claims. I have been doing this in two research projects, one quite distinct from the subject matter of my early work and one that extends it. My first project (funded by the British Academy; Oxford University Press; and the Humanities Research Fund, University of Warwick) takes me into Spain’s swansong of colonial engagement in North Africa, specifically in Morocco. Here I look at the building of the protectorate capital, Tetouan, and what this indicated about claims of state, empire, and world order. Articles related to this project weave together my Spanish and German fields of expertise, especially as the German presence in North Africa increased during WWII.

The second project I am developing and what will ultimately be a monograph, grows out of my earlier work on state-building. Tentatively entitled, German Sovereignty, Territory, and the Global Politics of Property, it examines the politics of German sovereignty between the 1860s and 1970s, especially in relation to foreign property investment, expropriations, and demands for reparations around the world. This means that the project takes me back to North Africa, as well as enveloping numerous other regions beyond Central Europe. It also takes me into the globalist projects of international law designed to protect private property in the twentieth century.




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