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Professor Axel Körner


Axel Körner is a cultural and intellectual historian of nineteenth century Europe, with interests in social and political developments, historiography as well as methodology and theory. Most of his research deals with Italy, France, Germany and the Habsburg monarchy between the late eighteenth and the early twentieth centuries. Particular fields of interest are transnational history, the European Revolutions of 1848 and the history of nineteenth century music theatre. Axel is director of UCL's Centre for Transnational History, where his work concentrates on the relationship between nations and states and the transfer of ideas and culture.

Axel's most recent monograph deals with the municipal politics of culture in Italy between Unification and Fascism. The book argues that in the case of Italy, the Age of Nationalism was also an age of municipalities and transnational cultural exchange. He is currently finishing a monograph on America in the nineteenth century Italian imagination, including chapters on major political thinkers such as Carlo Catteneo and Mazzini, on operatic representations of the United States and on Italian perceptions of the American Civil War.  

Axel holds a Maîtrise d'Histoire from the University of Lyon II and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. In 2007 he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. and in 2008 a Visiting Professor at the ENS Paris. In 2009 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Remarque Institute of New York University.  


Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

1995  PhD  European University Institute, Florence
1991  MAI  Universite Lumière (Lyon II)
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society 

Major Publications


IRIS Researcher Profile 


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