Professor Robert Gerwarth
Professor Robert Gerwarth

Professor Robert Gerwarth,
UCD School Of History

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Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at UCD and Director of the UCD Centre for War Studies. After studying history and political science in Berlin, he completed his DPhil and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oxford University.

Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at UCD and Director of the UCD Centre for War Studies. After studying history and political science in Berlin, he completed his DPhil and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oxford University. Professor Gerwarth has also held research fellowships or visiting professorships at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and Sciences Po Paris. In 2013-2014 he was an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellow at the Herder Institute in Marburg and a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

For his work on political violence in the twentieth century, he has received major research grants from the European Research Council (ERC), the Guggenheim Foundation, the Irish Research Council (IRC), and the Gerda-Henkel Foundation. He is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Academia Europaea, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Professor Gerwarth’s research is focused on the history of German and European political culture in the period between 1871 and 1945. He is particularly interested in the history of memory and the history of violence in Germany and Europe more generally.

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The UCD School of History offers an MA programme, in which students can concentrate on the history of war and international relations. The one year taught MA offers courses on a range of topics, from political violence in the twentieth century to the origins and development of modern diplomacy, from the First World War to the place of the United States in global history.

The UCD School of History offers an MA programme, in which students can concentrate on the history of war and international relations. The one year taught MA offers courses on a range of topics, from political violence in the twentieth century to the origins and development of modern diplomacy, from the First World War to the place of the United States in global history.

The UCD Centre for War Studies promotes a wide range of international research activities focused on the origins, nature and consequences of all war-related violence from ancient times to present day.

An interdisciplinary research institution based at University College Dublin, the Centre for War Studies aims to develop new research projects in partnership with other research institutions around the globe. Since its foundation, the Centre has attracted research grants from various national and international agencies such as the Irish Research Council (IRC), the European Research Council (ERC) and the Gerda-Henkel Foundation in Germany. We have also hosted a number of Marie Curie Actions.

The Centre builds upon the existing research interests of a substantial number of staff members in the Schools of History, Sociology, and Politics and International Relations, and also serves as a forum for graduate students and early career researchers working on the history of war and interpersonal violence. The Centre prides itself on its international complexion and past and current postdoctoral fellows and PhD students have come from the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, Germany, Lithuania, Serbia, the US and the UK, Spain, Italy and Russia. The Centre currently hosts seven funded postdoctoral researchers.

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