Dr Volker Prott

Lecturer in Modern History 

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Volker joined Aston as a Lecturer in Modern History in April 2018. Before this, he was Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Melbourne (2015–17) and a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at the University of Tübingen (2013–15). He obtained his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 2013.

Volker’s main fields of interest include the history of nationalism and borders in Europe, ethnic violence, and humanitarian politics in the twentieth century. His first monograph, 'The Politics of Self-determination: Remaking Territories and National Identities in Europe, 1917-1923', was published with Oxford University Press in 2016.

Currently, Volker is working on a project on Foreign Intervention in the Cold War, which focuses on two case studies: the Congo Crisis in the early 1960s and the Indo-Pakistani conflict in 1947-48 and again in 1971. The project seeks to explore the conflicted rise of transnational politics before the ‘boom’ of foreign interventions since the 1990s.

  • LQ1003 Contemporary Britain: from the Boer War to Brexit
  • PhD in History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence
  • MA in Modern History, Sociology, and German literature, Humboldt-University and Free University, Berlin


Authored Books

The Politics of Self-Determination: Remaking Territories and National Identities in Europe, 1917-1923, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Refereed Journal Articles

‘Tying Up the Loose Ends of National Self-Determination: British, French and American Experts in Peace Planning, 1917−1919’, The Historical Journal 57(3), 2014, 727-750.

Chapters in Edited Books

‘Die fragmentierte Front: elsässische und lothringische Soldaten im Ersten Weltkrieg‘, in O. Überegger, ed., Minderheiten-Soldaten: Ethnizität und Identität in den Armeen des Ersten Weltkriegs, Paderborn: Schöningh, 2018. pp. 85-101.

‘A Testing Ground for Ethno-Political Population Politics: Alsace-Lorraine from the First World War to the Versailles Treaty’, in O. Forcade et al., eds., Evacuations in World War Europe, Berlin: Metropol, 2014, 56-67.

‘”Ruhe an der Grenze!” Irritierte Loyalitäten und politische Entfremdung in Elsass-Lothringen zu Beginn des Ersten Weltkriegs’, in J. Angelow and J. Großmann, eds., Wandel, Umbruch, Absturz: Neue Perspektiven auf das Jahr 1914, Stuttgart: Steiner, 2014, 83-94.

‘War Aims, Wilsonian Ideas, and the ‘New Diplomacy’: Reinventing the Franco-German Border of Alsace-Lorraine, 1914−1919’, in H. Schulz-Forberg, ed., Zero Hours: Conceptual Insecurities and New Beginnings in the Interwar Period, Brussels: Peter Lang, 2013, 147-166.


Heinrich A. Winkler, The Age of Catastrophe: A History of the West, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2015, German Politics and Society 35(3), 2017, 101-104.

David Runciman, The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present, Princeton: Princeton UP, 2013, European Review of History 22(3), 2015, 517-9.

Zara Steiner, The Triumph of the Dark: European International History, 1933−1939, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, German Politics and Society 32(4), 2014, 90-94.

‘Catalonian and Scottish independence: Why so different?’, Pursuit, October 2017, https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/catalonian-and-scottish-independence-why-so-different  

‘Europe today echoes the 1930s—but don’t panic (yet)’, co-published by Election Watch Europe and The Mandarin, March 2017, www.themandarin.com.au/76702-europe-today-looks-increasingly-like-europe-in-the-1930s-but-dont-panic-yet/ 

‘The Quest for Order in Modern Society: A Historical Perspective’, Oxford University Press Blog, September 2016, https://blog.oup.com/2016/09/order-modern-society/   

‘Shouting “Fascist!”: A historical perspective on Trump, Farage, Putin et al’, The Lowy Interpreter, July 2016, https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/shouting-fascist-historical-perspective-trump-farage-putin-et-al 


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