Professor Martin Conway

MA DPhil Oxf, FRHistS
Professor of Contemporary European History, MacLellan-Warburg Fellow and Tutor in History, and Welfare Fellow

Academic subject(s):

  • Core subject area: Modern European and world history.
  • Teaching: European and World History from the French Revolution to the 2000s. I teach a Special Subject on France in the 1930s and the Second World War; and a Further Subject on Cold War popular culture. I supervise research students with interests predominantly in European history of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. 
  • Research interests: I have published a number of books on the history of Belgium and on the wider history of Europe in the 20th century. My most recent book on Belgium, The Sorrows of Belgium (2012), was a study of the reconstruction and subsequent crises of the Belgian state after the Second World War. My most recent project is a collective study with colleagues of post-war periods in European history entitled Europe’s Postwar Periods – 1989, 1945, 1918 (Bloomsbury, London, 2018). I have recently completed a history of democracy in Europe after 1945, focusing on the rise, and subsequent crises, of democratic structures, practices and ideas in Europe, Western Europe’s Democratic Age 19451968 (Princeton University Press, 2020), which I have written about in an article, ‘Does Democracy Have a History?’.

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