School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Prof Mark Hewitson

Prof Mark Hewitson


33-35 Torrington Place


  • Professor of German History and Politics
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


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).

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).

Award year Qualification Institution
1990 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Modern History
University of Oxford

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.

Office Hours

Term 2: Tuesdays 2-3pm and Fridays 1-2pm in Room 3.5, 33-35 Torrington Place (ESPS/SELCS Building)