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- 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
- 2014: PhD, Modern European History, University of Cambridge
- 2008: MPhil, Modern European History, University of Cambridge
- 2004: BA(Hons), University of Sydney
I am a political historian of modern Europe. 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 examining how these political processes become embedded in the built environment 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.
I am currently working on two research projects, one quite distinct from 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 city of Tetouan from 1912 to 1956, and the impact it had on Spanish attitudes towards the 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 grows out of my earlier work on the 1850s. It examines the limits of German state power, especially when it clashed with the interests of foreign property investment in Germany and German investments around the world. This means that the project takes me back to Spain and North Africa, as well as enveloping numerous other regions beyond Central Europe.
Current news: I am in the process of organizing a Royal Historical Society Symposium entitled, 'Cosmopolitanism and the Multicultural City in Historical Perspective' for 2020. Details to follow but please be in touch if your research intersects with this theme.
- Beyond the Barricades: Government and State-Building in Post-Revolutionary Prussia, 1848-58 (Oxford: OUP, 2019)
- ‘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
- ‘Post-Revolutionary Politics: The Case of the Prussian Ministry of State,’ in The 1848 Revolutions and European Political Thought, ed. by Douglas Moggach and Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge: CUP, 2018), pp. 276-292
- ‘Photographing Reurbanization in West Berlin, 1977-84,’ in The Ethics of Seeing: 20th Century German Documentary Photography Reconsidered, ed. by Paul Betts, Jennifer Evans, and Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Oxford: Berghahn, 2018), pp. 205-226
- ‘On Unsettled Democratization: History and Political Science in Conversation’ German History 36 (2018): pp. 432-7.
- 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
- Editorial board, German History (2018-present)
- International Advisory Council, Global Urban History Project (GUHP) (2018-present)
- I tweet @Annarosstweets
- HI2D6 Spanish Imperialism in North Africa, 1912-56 (undergraduate second-year option module)
- HI34C Building the Future (undergraduate final-year Advanced Option)
- HI988 Themes in Modern History (MA)