UCL European & International Social & Political Studies

Prof Mark Hewitson

Prof Mark Hewitson

Professor of German History and Politics


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 1998

Research summary

I am currently working on the following projects:

1) The Violence of War

Published works include Absolute War: Violence and Mass Warfare in the German Lands, 1792-1820 (OUP, 2017), The People's Wars: Histories of Violence in the German Lands, 1820-1888 (OUP, 2017), Combatants, Civilians and Cultures of Violence (a special issue of History, 2016), Making Sense of Military Violence (a special issue of Cultural History, 2017, co-edited with Matthew D'Auria), and Making Sense of Violence: Intellectuals, Writers and Modern Warfare (a co-edited special issue of the European Review of History, 2018).

2) Birth of a Nation: Germany, 1848-1888

I have published one volume of this project to date: Nationalism in Germany, 1848-1866: Revolutionary Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). 'The Old Forms are Breaking Up, ... Our New Germany is Rebuilding Itself': Constitutionalism, Nationalism and the Creation of a German Polity during the Revolutions of 1848-49' came out in the English Historical Review in 2010.

3) Nationalism, Globalization and Europeanism

Publications include Germany and the Modern World, 1880-1914 (CUP, 2018), Europe in Crisis: Intellectuals and the European Idea, 1917-1957 (Berghahn, 2012), co-edited with Matthew D'Auria, and What is a Nation? Europe, 1789-1914 (OUP, 2006), co-edited with Timothy Baycroft. 

4) International Relations and the Outbreak of the First World War

Publications: Germany and the Causes of the First World War (Bloomsbury, 2004) and 'Germany and France before the First World War: A Reassessment of Wilhelmine Foreign Policy', English Historical Review, 115 (2000).

5) Historical Theory

Publications: History and Causality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and, with E. Akyeampong, C. Arni, P. K. Crossley and W. H. Sewell, 'Explaining Historical Change; or, The Lost History of Causes', American Historical Review, 120 (2015).

Teaching summary

ESPS0001 Introduction to History, Law, Politics and Philosophy; ESPS0003 European Integration; ESPS0016 German Political and Social Thought; GERM0010 Aspects of German History; GERM0030 Modern German Art: A Cultural History; CMII0026 Theoretical Issues in History and Literature

PhD Students (Completed) 

Primary Supervision

Nimrod Ben-Cnaan, A Comparative Study of Tropes of Cultural Pessimism in Postwar Britain and France (2008)

Mark Tilse, Transnationalism in the Prussian East, 1871-1914 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Jan Vermeiren, The First World War and German National Identity: The Dual Alliance at War (CUP, 2016)

Emmeline Burdett, The Continent of Murder: Disability and the Nazi ‘Euthanasia’ Programme in the Euthanasia Debates of Britain and the United States, 1945-present (2011)

Matthew D’Auria, The Shaping of French National Identity: Narrating the Nation’s Past, 1715-1830 (CUP, 2021)

Lara Silberklang, Holocaust Survivors: Experiences of Displacement and Narratives of Self (2012)

John Goddard, Lokalisten and Sozialdemokraten: ‘Localist’ Trade Unionism in the German Building Industry, 1868-1893 (2015)

Ken Cheng, Proletarian Revolution and the Crisis of Modernity: German Orthodox Marxism and French Revolutionary Syndicalism,1889-1914 (2017)

Asmaa Soliman, European Muslims Transforming the Public Sphere: Religious Participation in the Arts, Media and Civil Society (Routledge, 2018)

Secondary Supervision

History of Nazi Germany: Helen Whatmore, Julia Wagner, Julie Deering-Kraft, Tiia Sahrakorpi

History of the GDR and FRG: Mark Fenemore, Jeannette Madarasz, Merrilyn Thomas, Daniel Wilton, Damian Mac Con Uladh, Angela Brock, Esther von Richthofen, George Last, Christiane Wienand

Social Theory: Jon Bailes, Colette Vesey


University of Oxford
Doctorate, Doctorate. | 1995
University of Oxford
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1990


My interests lie principally in the intellectual, cultural and political history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany and Europe. I am currently working on projects about nationalism and national identity, experiences and representations of modern warfare, and conceptions of Europe and the West during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am also interested in various aspects of historical theory, including the relationship between history and other social sciences.