Dr Alexander Maxwell
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations
Phone: 04 463 6753
Location: Room 422, Old Kirk Building, Gate 3 Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus
HIST 245 - Peoples of the Soviet Empire
On Research and Study Leave until Trimester 2, 2014.
- 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.
- The Habsburg and Ottoman Empires and their successor states
- Nationalism, particularly linguistic nationalism
- Everyday life in Europe, 1750-1950
- European cultural history
- The social history of clothing
- The history of sexuality
- History teaching pedagogy
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.
- Choosing Slovakia: Slavic Hungary, the Czechoslovak Language, and Accidental Nationalism, (London: IB Tauris, 2009)
- Reciprocity Between the Tribes and Dialects of the Slavic Language, a translation of Ján Kollár's Wechselseitigkeit with a 72-page introduction "Ján Kollár's Linguistic Nationalism." (Bloomington: Slavica Press, 2008)
- The East-West Discourse: Symbolic Geography and its Consequences (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010)
- The Comparative Approach to National Movements: Miroslav Hroch and Nationalism Studies (London: Routledge, 2011)
Articles / Book Chapters:
- East Europeans in the Cold War Comic This Godless Communism,” in: Chris York, Rafiel York, eds., Comic Books and the Cold War: Essays on the Graphic Treatment of Communism, The Code and Social Concerns (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012), 190-203.
- 'A Brief History of Political Legitimacy: Demotic Ideology and the Spread of Democracy,' Nebula, vol. 7, no. 4 (December 2010), 95-102.
- 'Typologies and Phase Theories in Nationalism Studies: Hroch’s A-B-C Schema as a Basis for Comparative Terminology,' Nationalities Papers, vol. 38, no. 6 (November 2010), 865-80.
- 'Slavic Macedonin Nationalism: From "Regional" to "Ethnic",' Ethnologia Balkanica, vol. 11 (2008), 127-54. A Bulgarian translation has appeared as Славянският - Македонский национализъм: от - "регионален" към "этнически," in the journal Македонски преглед [Macedonian Review], no. 1 (2009), 1-36.
- 'Polish Goals in a Panslav Context: Walerjan Krasiński's Panslavism and Germanism,' New Zealand Journal of Slavonic Studies, vol. 42 (2008), 101-20.
- ' "Der schöner, magyar, schnurbärtiger, bärtiger Man": Nationalisierter Gesichtshaare in Ungarn im 19. Jahrhundert', in: Birgit Haas, ed., Haare zwischen Fiktion und Realität: Interdisziplinäre Untersuchungen zur Wahrnehmung der Haare (Münster: LIT, 2008), 180-204.
- 'National Endogamy and Double Standards: Sexuality and Nationalism in East-Central Europe during the 19th Century,' Journal of Social History (December 2007), 413-33.
- "'Such a Smoking Nation as This I Never Saw...": Tobacco, Nationalism and 19th Century Hungarian Society,' Journal of the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, vol. 21 no.1 (Autumn 2006), 7-23
- 'Why the Slovak Language has Three Dialects: A Case Study in Historical Perceptual Dialectology,' Austrian History Yearbook, vol. 37 (Spring, 2006), 385-414. This article won the R. John Rath Prize. It appears in Slovak translation as 'Prečo má slovenčina tri nárečia: prípadová štúdia z historickej perceptuálnej dialektológie,' see Sibyla Mislovičová, ed., Jazyk a jazykoveda v pohybe (Bratislava, 2008) and in the e-journal Forum Historiae, vol. 3, no. 2 (2009)
- 'Budapest and Thessaloniki as Slavic Cities (1800-1914): Urban Infrastructures, National Organizations and Ethnic Territories,' Ethnologia Balkanica, vol. 9 (2006), 43-64
- 'Multiple Nationalism: National Concepts in 19th century Hungary and Benedict Anderson’s "Imagined Communities",' Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, vol. 11, no.3 (Fall 2005), 385-414
- 'Nationalising Sexuality: Sexual Stereotypes in the Habsburg Empire,' Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 14, no. 3 (2005), 266-90
- 'Magyarization, Language Planning, and Whorf – The Word "Uhor" as a Case Study in Linguistic Relativism,' Multilingua, vol. 23, no. 3 (2004), 319-337
- 'Contemporary Hungarian Rune Writing: Linguistic Nationalism within a Homogenous Nation,' Anthropos, 99 (2004), 161-175
- 'Literary Dialects in China and Slovakia: Imagining Unitary Nationality with Multiple Orthographies,' International Journal of Sociolinguistics, no. 164 (2003), 129-149.
- 'Hungaro-Slavism: Territorial and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Slovakia,' East Central Europe/lEurope du Centre-Est (ECE/ECE), vol. 29/pt.1 (2002), 45-58
- "Regionalism and the Critique of 'Eurocentrism': A Europeanist's Perspective on Teaching Modern World History," World History Connected, vol. 9, no. 3 (October 2012), 11 pages.
- "Research Skills and Cultural Literacy: Peoples of the Soviet Empire," Syllabus, vol. 1, no. 1 (2012), 32-46.
- "Provincialism and Cosmopolitanism in University History Teaching: A Ten-Country Sample of Course Offerings," International Journal of Historical Teaching, Learning and Research, vol. 11, no. 1 (November 2012), 214-26.
- "Assessment Strategies for a History Exam, or, Why Short-Answer Questions are Better than In-Class Essays, "The History Teacher, vol. 43, no. 2 (February 2010), 233-45.
- 'Digital Archives and History Research: Feedback from an End-User,' Library Review, vol. 59, no. 1 (2010), 24-39.
- 'Ban the Bullet-Point! Content-Based PowerPoint for Historians,' The History Teacher, vol. 31, no. 1 (2007), 39-54