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Dr Anna Ross


Phone: 024 76150853, internal extension 50853
Room: 3.43, third floor, Faculty of Arts Building
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11-12noon; Thursdays 2-3pm

Academic Profile

  • 2018- : Associate Professor of Modern European History, University of Warwick
  • 2016-2018: Assistant Professor of Modern European History, University of Warwick
  • 2013-2016: Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow (JRF), Nuffield College, University of Oxford
  • 2013: PhD, Modern European History, University of Cambridge
  • 2008: MPhil, Modern European History, University of Cambridge
  • 2004: BA(Hons), University of Sydney


  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2019-present)
  • I have held visiting positions at the University of Sydney, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Princeton.


I am a historian of modern Europe. My work is focused on processes of state-making, including thinking about the limits of states and their international alternatives. I also have a secondary interest in urban history.

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 Central 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 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.

My current project pushes this work forward by placing Central European state-building in its international context. Against the backdrop of imperial collapse at the end of the First World War, I explore the contemporary enthusiasm for internationalisation and the creation of zones of direct international territorial administration. This work is funded by an AHRC Research Grant (Imperial Afterlives) carried out with Dr Jean-Michel Johnston (University of Cambridge). It also intersects with work I have been conducting on the internationalisation of Tangier, and more broadly, Spain’s swansong of colonial engagement in North Africa (funded by the British Academy; Oxford University Press; and the Humanities Research Fund, University of Warwick).




  • 'International Zones in Global-Urban History', Empires and Cities, special issue of Urban History, edited by Cyrus Schayegh (forthcoming 2024).
  • 'Property and End of Empire in International Zones, 1919-1947’, Past & Present (2024).
  • ‘Down with the Walls! The Politics of Place in Spanish and German Urban Extension Planning, 1848-1914’, Journal of Modern History 90 (2018): pp. 292-322.

Book Chapters


  • ‘On Unsettled Democratization: History and Political Science in Conversation’ German History 36 (2018): pp. 432-7.

Book Reviews

  • Jasper Heinzen, Making Prussians, Raising Germans: A Cultural History of Prussian State-Building after Civil War, 1866-1935 (Cambridge: CUP, 2017)(German Studies Review, Volume 41, Number 3, October 2018).
  • Sons and Heirs: Succession and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe, ed. by Frank Lorenz Müller and Heidi Mehrkens (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015)(English Historical Review, November 2017).
  • Heléna Tóth, An Exiled Generation: German and Hungarian Refugees of Revolution, 1848-1871 (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014)(Central European History, Volume 48, Issue 4, December 2015).
  • Eva Giloi, Monarchy, Myth, and Material Culture in Germany, 1750-1950 (Cambridge: CUP, 2011) (German History, Volume 30, Issue 3, September 2012).

Other Professional Activities

  • Co-editor, German History (2022-present)
  • Book reviews editor, German History (2018-2022)
  • Editorial board, German History (2018-2022)
  • Global Urban History Project
  • I tweet @Annarosstweets


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