Lecturer, Faculty of Arts
My research focuses on the Habsburg Monarchy in the nineteenth century, in particular Austro-German liberalism, the Transylvanian Saxons, Jewish history and Napoleon II.
I was born in England but grew up in Australia. After living in Paris and Vienna, I studied at the Universities of London and Oxford. I have worked at the University of Nottingham since 2004, including a two year stint at the Ningbo campus.
I would welcome any students interested in Austro-German liberalism, nationalism in the Habsburg Monarchy, European liberalism in a comparative framework, nineteenth-century liberal theory, Jews, anti-Semitism and the Transylvanian Saxon. Other topics of interest to me are historiography, the problem of minorities and post-Napoleon Europe.
The modules I teach cover a wide variety of topics in European history roughly from 1800 to the beginning of WWI. My second year option 'Central European History: From Revolution to War, 1848-1914'… read more
My research interests include Austro-German liberalism and the nationality question in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1861-1895. Central to this research is investigating the tension between liberalism's… read more
The modules I teach cover a wide variety of topics in European history roughly from 1800 to the beginning of WWI. My second year option 'Central European History: From Revolution to War, 1848-1914' provides an introduction to some key themes of the mid to late nineteenth century - liberalism, nationalism, democracy, political culture, state-building, the Jewish question - within the specific context of Central Europe. While reflecting Europe-wide trends, Central Europe also proved to be a fertile intellectual and cultural melting pot, especially around the turn of the century.
My third year special subject 'European Politics and Society, 1848-1914' encourages students to focus on particular aspects of politics and society in a time of general peace and consolidation, yet also one of great underlying social and national tension. In particular, the application of liberal ideas to specific institutional traditions and frameworks constitutes a key theme in the course. Since there is a wealth of primary sources for this period, encompassing all the European languages, the students will be able to research their topics in considerable depth and incorporate a comparative aspect.
The third year option that I teach is entitled 'Napoleonic Europe and Afterwards, 1799-1848'. It traces various themes from Napoleon's ascent through to the 1848 Revolutions. This was a time of enormous change in political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural fields. The module covers a lot of ground and there is considerable flexibility for students to pursue their own interests within the larger framework.
My research interests include Austro-German liberalism and the nationality question in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1861-1895. Central to this research is investigating the tension between liberalism's claims to universality and the specific task of building a Habsburg constitutional, multi-national state. In particular, I am fascinated by the gradual, complex move from an attempt to construct a liberal state in the 1860s and 1870s to the desperate defense of German predominance in Austrian state and society which characterized the 1880s and 1890s. A related aspect is an interest in the educated Jewish middle class of the nineteenth century, which generally had liberal tendencies.
My book 'Liberalism and the Habsburg Monarchy, 1861-1895' (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in November 2013.
Another area I am interested in is the German speaking population in Transylvania (the Transylvanian Saxons) and the difficulties they faced in the late nineteenth century as the Hungarian state began to impose its view of a modern nation-state.
At the moment I am moving into early nineteenth century European history with a particular interest in intellectual, cultural and political history. I hope to investigate these themes in a biography of Napoleon II, the Duke of Reichstadt.
I would welcome any students wishing to undertake research in Austro-German liberalism, nationalism in the Habsburg Monarchy, Jewish history, Transylvania, European liberalism in a comparative framework and nineteenth-century liberal theory. Further topics of interest are nineteenth-century European intellectual history and the problem of minorities in Central and Eastern Europe.
My doctoral work was on Austro-German liberalism and the nationality question in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1867-1895. Central to the research was the tension between liberalism's claims to universality and the specific situation of building a Habsburg multi-national state.
I am presently investigating the life of Napoleon's son, the Duke of Reichstadt.