Robert Gerwarth (Director)

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Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at UCD and Director of the Centre for War Studies. He has previously served as the first VP for Global Engagement in the College of Arts and Humanities, and as Head of UCD's School of History. After studying history and political science in Berlin, he completed his DPhil and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oxford University. Prof. Gerwarth has also held research fellowships or visiting professorships at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and Sciences Po Paris. In 2013-14 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. In 2020, he was awarded the Reimar Lüst-Prize by the Humboldt Foundation. In 2021-22 he was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Oxford University. From 2022-2027 he will be directing the ERC Advanced Grant project 'CivilWars', an entangled history of Europe's civil wars between 1914 and 1949.

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.

Professor Gerwarth is the author of The Bismarck Myth (Oxford UP, 2005) and a biography of Reinhard Heydrich (Yale UP, 2011). His third monograph, The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End was published by Penguin (UK) and FSG (US) in the autumn of 2016. His fourth monograph, November 1918: The German Revolution was published by Oxford University Press. He has authored several articles in leading international journals such as Past & Present, The Journal of Modern History, Geschichte & Gesellschaft, and Vingtième Siècle. He has also published ten edited collections, including, most recently, War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War (Oxford UP 2012, with John Horne) and Empires at War, 1911-23 (Oxford UP, 2014, with Erez Manela). His work has been translated into some thirty languages.

Professor Gerwarth is the general editor of an OUP book series, The Greater War, and with Jay Winter, of CUP's Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare series. He is also the general editor of a new CUP "Elements" series on modern wars.

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