UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


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 five projects:

a) 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) and Making Sense of Military Violence (a special issue of Cultural History, 2017, co-edited with Matthew D'Auria).

b) 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.

c) 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. 

d) 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).

e) 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).


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


Mark's interests lie principally in the intellectual, cultural and political history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany and Europe. He is 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. He is also interested in various aspects of historical theory, including the relationship between history and other social sciences.