Department of German and Dutch

Modern & Medieval Languages

Department of German and Dutch

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Dr Joachim Whaley    

Professor Joachim Whaley FBA

Gonville & Caius College

Professor of German History and Thought
Department of German and Dutch

Postal Address:
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue

Phone:  (+44) (0)1223 332454  Fax   (+44) (0)1223 335062

Research interests:

Joachim Whaley’s research interests lie in German history, thought and culture from 1500 to the present day. He is the author of Religious Toleration and Social Change in Hamburg, 1529-1819 (Cambridge, 1985) and the editor of Mirrors of Mortality: Studies in the Social History of Death (London, 1981; reissued as a Routledge Revival in 2011). He has also published numerous articles, reviews and contributions to handbooks and lexicons of German history and literature. His latest book is Germany and the Holy Roman Empire 1493-1806, 2 vols (Oxford University Press, 2012), which covers virtually every aspect of German history from the reign of Maximilian I to the dissolution of the Reich and appears in the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe series. He is currently writing a history of Austria and German-speaking Europe from the later Middle Ages to the present day. Joachim Whaley has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 1984. In 2013 he was awarded a LittD by the University of Cambridge for his books and articles on early modern German history. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Teaching interests:

Joachim Whaley teaches in the following fields: German and European history from 1500 to the present; the history of German political, social and cultural thought and German philosophy from 1500 to the present; contemporary German politics; the politics of European integration from 1945 to the present. He has supervised dissertations on every aspect of these topics. Topics supervised recently are the role of Thomas Müntzer in the German Peasants’ War in 1525, the meanings of patriotism in the eighteenth century, music and German national identity in the nineteenth century, industry and politics in Nazi Germany, Swiss populism since 1945, and the ramifications of the European financial crisis and the role of Germany in the European Union. He supervises essays and dissertations for various MPhil courses and his PhD students have worked on a wide range of topics from the eighteenth century to the present. In 2010 Joachim Whaley was awarded a Pilkington Teaching Prize by the University of Cambridge for his outstanding teaching in German history, thought, and politics.

Link to further selected publications

Link to extracts from reviews of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire 1493-1806

Link to discussion of Germany and the Holy Roman Empire 1493-1806 in the Historische Zeitschrift