Alexander Maxwell

Senior Lecturer School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2017

Research interests

Germany, East-Central Europe, Russia, Nationalism, history of sexuality

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Office hours

If the door is open, or by appointment.


  • BAS: University of California, Davis
  • MA: Central European University, Budapest
  • Ph.D: University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Director, Antipodean East European Study Group

This scholarly society examines the peoples and cultures of Central and Eastern Europe.

Research areas

  • the Habsburg and its successor states, particularly Slovakia and Hungary
  • national awakening in the Habsburg, Romanov, Hohenzollern, and Ottoman Empires
  • everyday life in Europe, 1750-1950
  • linguistic nationalism and the history of linguistic ideologies
  • the history of everyday life, particularly consumption and sexuality
  • the social history of clothing
  • history teaching pedagogy.

Research supervision

I am very interested in supervising theses related to nationalism, ethnicity, social history of language, gender history, or the history of everyday life. I am best qualified to assist students working in European history, but am willing to supervise topics in other geographic areas.

Recent publications


Edited volumes

Articles / book chapters

Pedagogical articles

Conferences organised

  • 2015  Revolution and Repression in the Arab World
  • 2015 International Norms and East European Nations (with Wenwen Shen)
  • 2014 Ukraine: Historic Legacies
  • 2013 The Czechs and their Neighbours
  • 2012 Psychoactive Substances in European History and Culture, (with Richard Millington)
  • 2012 National Councils and Great Powers
  • 2012 Nationalism and Religion in Iran
  • 2011 Germanness Beyond Germany
  • 2011 Sexualities and Science in Eastern Europe, (with Henrietta Mondry)
  • 2010 National Bodies in Eastern Europe, (with Henrietta Mondry)
  • 2010 The ‘East-West’ Discourse: Symbolic Geography and its Consequences
  • 2008 Hungarians and Their Neighbors: Conflict and Nationality, (with Sacha Davis)
  • 2008 Polish Culture, Polish Experiences
  • 2007 Failed National Languages: National Languages through Historians’ Eyes


Post-graduate theses

Geoffrey Brown, 'Subcarpathian Ruthenia through Czech Eyes 1918-1938'. (Ph.D. in progress).
Matthew Vink, Self-Determination along the Austrian Frontier, 1918-1920: Case Studies of German Bohemia, Vorarlberg, and Carinthia'. (MA 2011).

Honours theses

  • Tim Smith, 'Kurdish Nationalism and Kurdish Oppression.' (Honours 2014)
  • Alexander Campbell, 'Poland Denied: the Political and Personal Failures of Alexander I at the Congress of Vienna, 1814-15.' (Honours 2012)
  • Rowan Johnson,'"Sorcery" in the South Seas: Folk Belief, Ecology and Conflict in Early Contact New Zealand'. (Honours 2012)
  • Zachary Kendall, 'Post-Trianon Hungary: The Politics of Democratic Denial'. (Honours 2011)
  • Matthew Vink, 'Changing Political Loyalties of German-Austrians in the Aftermath of the First World War'. (Honours 2011)
  • Ciaron Fleming, 'Tukhochevsky and the Purges of the Red Army'. (Honours 2011)
  • James Patterson, 'Konrad Henlein: Avid Nazi or Reconciled Czechoslovak? A Historiographic Analysis'. (Honours 2009)
  • Elizabeth Major, 'Milošević and the not so "Silent Majority": An Analysis of the Protagonists of the Serbian October 5th Revolution'. (Honours 2008).