Karina Urbach

Priv. Doz. Dr. Karina Urbach

Senior Research Fellow
Institute of Historical Research
University of London

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

German and British cultural and political relations in the 19th and 20th century; History of International Relations and Jewish Family History.

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EDUCATION:

1991: BA (Zwischenprüfung) Modern History, Politics and Medieval History at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich.

1992: Master of Philosophy in International Relations, University of Cambridge; Dissertation: The British Decision-Making Process during the Rhineland Crisis of 1936.

1996: Ph.D. Degree, University of Cambridge. Thesis: Lord Odo Russell's Embassy at Berlin and British-German Relations 1870-78. (published as Bismarck's Favourite Englishman. Lord Odo Russell's Mission to Berlin, London and New York 1999).

July 2009: Second Doctorate (Habilitation).

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EMPLOYMENT:

Since 2009: Senior Research Fellow, IHR, University of London.

2004-2009: Research Fellow, German Historical Institute London.

2001-2004: Habilitations-Prize (Independent research financed by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture).

1996-2001: Assistant Professor (C I) Department of Modern History, University Bayreuth. Teaching 19th and 20th century European history.

1990-1991: Full time research assistant to Professor Thomas Nipperdey, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich; Work as a freelance journalist for the German national newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung; the Bavarian paper Münchner Merkur (Arts Section) and the popular history magazine G-Geschichte.

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BOARD MEMBERSHIPS:

Otto-von-Bismarck Foundation (since 2010).

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AWARDS:

1991-92: German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship for Cambridge.

1993-94: Kurt Hahn Trust Scholarship, University of Cambridge.

1996: Scholarship awarded by the German Historical Institute, London.

2001-2003: Bayerischer Habilitationsförderpreis (awarded by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture)

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PUBLICATIONS:

Bismarck's Favourite Englishman. Lord Odo Russell's Mission to Berlin Royal Kinship. British and German Family Networks 1815-1914 European Aristocracies and the Radical Right in the Interwar Period Queen Victoria Bringing Personality Back in: Leadership and War - a British-German Comparison 1740-1945
Secret Intelligence in the European States System, 1918-1989

Monographs:

Bismarck's Favourite Englishman. Lord Odo Russell's Mission to Berlin, Tauris Academic Press, London and New York, 1999. pp 271

(Reviewed in: Times Literary Supplement, English Historical Review, German History, British German Review, Reviews in History, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Historische Zeitschrift, Forschungen zur Brandenburgischen und Preußischen Geschichte, Historisch Politisches Buch, History, International History Review)

Queen Victoria, A Biography, second edition Beck'sche Reihe, Munich 2011.

(Reviewed in: Historische Zeitschrift, Sehepunkte, Süddeutsche Zeitung, BR Lesezeichen, Deutschlandradio Kultur, dradio Literatur)

C.H. Beck Verlag Quiz

Forthcoming:

Go Betweens for Hitler, Oxford University Press 2014

Edited Books:

Forthcoming:

- with Franz Bosbach, John Davis(eds.), Common Heritage, Documents and Sources concerning German-British Relations in the Archives and Collections of Windsor and Coburg, Vol. I, 2014

Articles:

  • Introduction, in: Jonathan Haslam; Karina Urbach (eds.), Secret Intelligence and the International Relations of Europe in the 20thC, Stanford University Press 2013
  • In defence of Albert. An Introduction, in: Theodore Martin, Life of the Prince Consort, London 2012
  • Das Viktorianische Wunderland, in: DAMALS, November Issue 11/2011
  • 'Man muss seine Angst zähmen', in Simone Fässler (ed.): Ilse Aichinger, Es muss gar nichts bleiben. Interviews 1952-2005, Vienna 2011
  • 'Netzwerk', in: Michael Maaser und Gerrit Walther (eds.), Bildung: Ziele und Formen, Traditionen und Systeme, Medien und Akteure, Stuttgart 2010
  • 'Bismarck: Der Kriegsdienstverweigerer als Kriegsherr', in: Simms/Urbach (eds.), Statesmen and War, München 2010
  • 'Royal Kinship', in: Karina Urbach (ed.), Royal Kinship. British-German Family Networks 1815-1914, München 2008 pp 13-23
  • 'Moscow is making war on England'. Politische Ängste und antidemokratische Konzepte britischer Eliten in der Zwischenkriegszeit', in: Christoph Gusy (ed.), Demokratie in der Krise: Europa in der Zwischenkriegszeit, Interdisziplinäre Studien zu Recht und Staat, Baden Baden 2008, pp. 144-154
  • 'Introduction' and 'Age of no Extremes? The British aristocracy between the House of Lords and the Mosley Movement,' in: Karina Urbach (ed.), European Aristocracies and the Radical Right. 1918-1939, Oxford University Press 2007, pp. 1-12 and 53-71
  • 'Das Bismarck-Bild in Großbritannien', in: Klaus Hildebrand/Edward Kolb (eds.): Otto von Bismarck im zeitgenössischen Urteil Europas, , Paderborn 2005, pp. 167-181
  • 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Gladstone, Ireland and Pope Leo XIII, 1881-1885/86', in: Vincent Viaenne (Hg.): The Vatican, Catholic Opinion and the International Order at the Time of Leo XIII (1878-1903), Löwen 2005
  • 'Standesherr, Mediatisierter Adel, Mediatisierung, Kolonialadel, Verein der deutschen Standesherren, St. Michael-Verein deutscher Edelleute, Verein katholischer Edelleute, leisure class, Depossedierung' in: Eckart Conze (Hg.): Kleines Adelslexikon, München 2005. Pp 220-21; 163-64; 232; 214-215; 232-233; 154; 60-61
  • 'Prince Albert and Lord Palmerston: Battle Royal', in: Franz Bosbach and John Davis, Prince Albert - A Wettin in Britain, München 2004. (also published in David Brown and Miles Taylor (eds.), Palmeston Studies, Vol. 1, Southampton 2007, pp. 127-143
  • 'Diplomat, Höfling, Verbandsfunktionär. Süddeutsche Standesherren 1880-1945', in: Markus Denzel/Günther Schulz, Elitenforschung: Adel im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, Büdinger Gespräche, 2004, pp. 353-375
  • 'Houston Stewart Chamberlain und Prince Max von Baden', in: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 2004. (with Bernd Buchner). Pp. 121-177
  • 'Süddeutsche Standesherren und der Erste Weltkrieg,' in: Monika Wienfort/Eckart Conze (eds.), Adelsgeschichte als Gesellschaftsgeschichte. Deutschland im europäischen Vergleich im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, München 2003, pp. 323-351
  • 'Adel versus Bürgertum. Überlebens- und Aufstiegsstrategien im deutsch-britischen Vergleich.' in: Franz Bosbach/Keith Robbins/Karina Urbach (eds.), Geburt oder Leistung ? Birth or Talent ? The Formation of Elites in a British-German Comparison, München 2003, pp.25-42
  • 'Constantin Rößler,' in: Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (ed.), Neue Deutsche Biographie, München 2003, p. 750
  • 'Das schwarze Buch. Kollektive Paranoia im Ersten Weltkrieg', in: Andreas Fahrmeir/Sabine Freitag (eds.), Mord und andere Kleinigkeiten, München 2001 (translated into Turkish: Cinayet ve diger Ufak Tefek Isler, Istanbul 2002)
  • 'Zeitgeist als Ortsgeist. Die Emigration als Schlüsselerlebnis deutscher Historiker,' in: Hermann Hiery (ed.): Der Zeitgeist und die Historie, Dettelbach 2001. Pp 161-181

Forthcoming:

- Zwischen Gefühl und Kalkül: Inszenierungsstrategien Queen Victorias, in: Frank Lothar Kroll (ed.), Inszenierung als Legitimation? Monarchy and the art of presentation, Munich 2015

- The Creative Consort: New Sources on Prince Albert, in: Charles Beem and Miles Taylor (eds.), The Man Behind the Throne: The Male Consort in History, London 2014

Review articles:

  • Flirting with Hitler. Biographies of the German and British Nobility in the Interwar Years, Review Article, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, May 2007, pp. 64-75
  • 'Diplomatic History since the Cultural Turn', in: Historical Journal, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 991-997
  • 'Between Saviour and Villain: 100 years of Bismarck Biographies,' in: Historical Journal, Vol. 41, 1998. Pp. 1141-1160 (translated for Chinesische Deutschland Studien, Shanghai 3/2000, p.38 ff)

Conference Reports:

  • Keeping Secrets. How important was Intelligence for the Conduct of International Relations 1914-1989?, GHIL Bulletin November 2008, pp. 144-156
  • European Aristocracies and the Radical Right, GHIL Bulletin, 2005

Book Reviews in:

The English Historical Review, The Historical Journal, History, Historische Zeitschrift, Urban History, Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, Forschungen zur Brandenburgischen und Preußischen Geschichte, Francia, Internetzeitschrift 'Sehepunkte', Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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CONFERENCE ORGANISATION AND FUNDRAISING 2002-2015:

April 2015 (with Bismarck Foundation): Realpolitik für Europa. Bismarcks Weg. Berlin, Deutsches Historisches Museum, 31 March to 1st April 2015

December 2011 (with Miles Taylor): Prince Consorts in History, IHR, University of London.

September 2011 (with Frank-Lothar Kroll and Dieter Weiß): Inszenierung als Legitimation? Die Monarchie in Europa im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert.

2009 (with Brendan Simms) Bringing Personality Back in: Leadership and War. A British-German Comparison 1740-1945.

2008 Keeping Secrets: How important was Intelligence for the conduct of International Relations 1914-1989?

2006 Royal Kinship: British-German Family Networks 1815-1914

2004 Noble Fascists? European Aristocracies and the Radical Right 1918-1939.

2002 (with Franz Bosbach and Keith Robbins): The Formation of Elites in a British-German Comparison.

Together with Prof. Franz Bosbach and Prof. John Davis I am in charge of the Anglo-German Project 'Common Heritage'. We have raised over 500.000 Euros (including DFG money) to research and catalogue German-British correspondences in the Royal Archives Windsor.

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TEACHING 1996-2015:

  • MA in History and Biography, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, January 2015

Courses taught currently at the University of Bayreuth:

  • British-German Relations 1870-1914
  • The First World War
  • Monarchism in the Weimar Republic
  • Hitler's Rise to Power
  • The Goebbels' Diaries
  • Hitler's Foreign Policy 1933-1939
  • The Second World War
  • Antisemitism and the Goldhagen Debate
  • Film Policy in the Third Reich
  • German Re-Unification
  • The history of British Intelligence
  • Fascist Networks in Europe

SUMMER SCHOOLS:

From 1997 to 2008: Organised annual British-German PhD Seminars in the long vacation in Coburg and London on the subject of German-British cultural and political relations in the 19th and 20th century.

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TELEVISION AND RADIO WORK:

  • 'Reputations. Prince Albert', BBC 2 Television, 13 September 2002
  • 'The Downfall', BBC Radio Five, September 2004
  • 'The Bush-Kerry Debate from a German Perspective' Panel Discussion CNN, 1 October 2004
  • Royal Fascist? Newsnight Interview, BBC 2, 13 January 2005
  • Weekend 'Nazis' with John Sweeney BBC 1 Television, 27 August 2007
  • Hitler's Favourite Royal, Channel Four, 6 December 2007
  • Queen Victoria's Men, Channel Four, May 2008
  • Die Windsors, ZDF, German Television 14th and 21st April 2009
  • Balmoral, BBC 2, 24 October 2009
  • Victoria: A Royal Love Story, BBC 1, 14 March 2010
  • George V. BBC Radio 4, 14 April 2010
  • Royal Weddings, ZDF, German Television, 20 July 2010
  • Edward VIII and Fascism, ZDF, 18 January 2011
  • New Books: Queen Victoria. WDR-Television, 15 February 2011
  • Book Show, Lesezeichen', BR-Television, 14 March 2011
  • ZDF Nachtstudio, 17 April 2011
  • The Royal Wedding, ZDF Spezial, 19th, 26th and 29th April 2011
  • ZDF-History, 1 May 2011
  • ZDF-History, 5 June 2011
  • The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, ZDF June 2012
  • Kulturmontag ORF, Queen Victoria, July 2012
  • State visits ZDF-History, 20 August 2012
  • Queen Victoria's children BBC 2, 1. 2. January 2013
  • BR Radio, Great Britain in the 19th Century, 10th June 2013
  • Historical advisor for Royal Cousins at War, BBC 2, 5th and 6th February 2014
  • Schätze des Adels, ZDF, summer 2014
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