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Dr Annika Mombauer

Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer in History and Associate Dean (Research)
  • Faculty of Arts
  • History
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Professional biography

Annika Mombauer is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History in the Department. She joined the Open University in 1998. She studied history at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany, and at the University of Sussex where she was awarded a D.Phil in History in 1998. In 2003, she was a visiting fellow at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

From 2006 until 2011 she was the Secretary of the German History Society.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of 1914-1918 Online (Encyclopedia of the First World War).

Between 2009 and 2013 she chaired the department’s Research Steering Group and the departmental REF panel.

From May 2014, she is Associate Dean (Research) for the Arts Faculty.

Research interests

Annika Mombauer's research interests are in nineteenth and twentieth-century European history, in particular Imperial Germany and the origins of the First World War, in the history of the First World War and in its historiography.

She has published widely on German military planning in the years before the First World War, and has contributed to the recent historiographical debate on the nature of the Schlieffen Plan. She has edited primary sources on the origins of the First World War, and recently published a study on the July Crisis. She is currently working on a comparative history of the Battle of the Marne of 1914 to be published by Cambridge University Press. 

In 2011 she organised, together with Professor John Röhl, an international conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Fritz Fischer’s publication Griff nach der Weltmacht, which sparked the infamous Fischer controversy. The conference took place on 13-15 October 2011 at the German Historical Institute in London. She has edited some of the conference proceedings which were published in a special issue of The Journal of Contemporary History, entitled ‘The Fischer Controversy after 50 Years’ (April 2013; 48, 2).

She would be interested in supervising PhD students wishing to research a topic in modern German or European history. She currently supervises students working on the Special Operations Executive in Burma, and on literary representations of the First World War.

Publications

Monographs

Die Julikrise. Europas Weg in den Ersten Weltkrieg, Beck Verlag, Munich, 2014

       http://www.chbeck.de/Mombauer-Julikrise/productview.aspx?product=13110273

The Origins of the First World War. Controversies and Consensus, Longman, 2002 (published in Serbian and Croatian translation with a new foreword, 2014)

       Find out more about this book IHR review  H-Net review
 

Helmuth von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War, Cambridge University Press, 2001 

       Find out more about this book IHR review  H-Net review

She is currently working on a monograph entitled: The Battle of the Marne, 1914. A comparative history, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Edited Volumes

The Origins of the First World War: diplomatic and military documents, Manchester University Press, 2013 Find out more about this book

‘The Fischer Controversy after 50 Years’, special issue of The Journal of Contemporary History, April 2013, 48 (2)

The Kaiser. New Research on Wilhelm II’s role in Imperial Germany, Cambridge University Press, 2003 (edited with Wilhelm Deist) Find out more about this book 
 

Chapters in edited volumes

'The July Crisis', in 1914-1918 online, forthcoming

'Die Julikrise', in Gerhard Hirschfeld et al (eds), Enzyclopädie Erster Weltkrieg, Neuauflage, Schöningh, Stuttgart 2014

‘Germany and the Origins of World War One’, in Matthew Jeffries (ed.), Ashgate Reseach Companion to Imperial Germany, Ashgate forthcoming 2014

‘Germany’, in Holger Herwig and Richard Hamilton (eds), War Planning 1914, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 48-79  Find out more about this book

‘Der Moltke Plan. Modifikation des Schlieffenplans bei gleichen Zielen?’, in Hans Ehlert, Michael Epkenhans and Gerhard P. Groß (eds), Der Schlieffenplan. Analyse und Dokumente, Paderborn, Schöningh 2006, pp.79-99

‘Das Bild Helmuth von Moltkes in der Biography’, in Michael Epkenhans, Stig Förster and Karen Hagemann (eds), Militärische Erinnerungskultur. Soldaten im Spiegel von Biographien, Memoiren und Selbstzeugnissen, Paderborn, Schöningh 2006, pp.132-151

‘The Coming of War, 1914’, in Gordon Martel (ed), A Companion to Europe, 1900-1945 ( Blackwell Companions to European History), Oxford, Blackwell 2006, pp.180-194

‘Wilhelm, Waldersee and the Boxer Rebellion’, in Annika Mombauer and Wilhelm Deist (eds), The Kaiser. New Research on Wilhelm II’s role in Imperial Germany, Cambridge University Press, 2003, 0-521-82408-7, pp.91-118.

‘Helmuth von Moltke: A General in crisis?’, in Matthew S. Seligmann and Matthew Hughes (eds), Leadership in Conflict, 1914-1918, Leo Cooper, London 2000, pp. 95-116, 0-85052-751-1.

Journal Articles

'Sleepwalkers or Arsonists? A review article', Journal of Central European History, Winter 2014/Spring 2015 (forthcoming)

'Julikrise und Kriegsschuldfrage – Thesen und Stand der Forschung', Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, Spring 2014 (forthcoming)

'The July Crisis', History Today, June 2014

'Der hundertjährige Krieg um die Kriegsschuldfrage', in Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, 65, 5/6 2014, pp.303-337

‘The Fischer Controversy, Documents and the “Truth” About the Origins of the First World War’, The Journal of Contemporary History April 2013 48 (2), pp. 290-314

‘Introduction: The Fischer Controversy 50 years on’, The Journal of Contemporary History April 2013 48 (2), pp.231-240

‘The First World War: Inevitable, Avoidable, Improbable or Desirable? Recent Interpretations on War Guilt and the War’s Origins’, German History, vol. 25, No 1, 2007, pp.78-95

‘The Battle of the Marne. Myths and Reality of Germany’s “fateful battle”’, The Historian, vol.68, No 4, Winter 2006, pp.747-769

‘Of War Plans and War Guilt: the Debate surrounding the Schlieffen Plan’, The Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 28, 5, 2006, pp.857-885

‘From Imperial Army to Bundeswehr: continuity and change in the role of the military in German history’, Review Article, The Historical Journal, 47, 1 (2004), pp.1-7

‘Vom kurzen Krieg zum Ersten Weltkrieg: Der deutsche Kriegsverlauf im August und September 1914’, HISTORICUM, (Vienna) December 2001

‘Germany’s Last Kaiser - Wilhelm II and political decision-making in Imperial Germany’, New Perspective, Volume 4, Number 3, March 1999 Online article

Teaching interests

From 2001 – 2005 Annika Mombauer chaired AA312 and AA319, and its associated residential school AXR312: Total War and Social Change: Europe 1914-1955. She has written a number of teaching units for this course, and has also contributed teaching units on the New German Cinema to AA310: Film and Television History and on the German Empire to A200: Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400-1900. She served as deputy chair of the MA in History, and as co-chair of the second-level course A200: Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400-1900. She has also written a course unit on the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for A326: Empire 1492-1975. From November 2010 to January 2012 she co-chaired the production course team for the new third level twentieth century history course A327 Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity, first presented in October 2013, for which she has written teaching units on the origins and the nature of the First World War.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
War, Conflict and Politics Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

Publications

Der hundertjaehrige Krieg um die Kriegsschuld (2014-05)
Mombauer, Annika
Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, 65(5/6) (pp. 303-337)
Julikrise und Kriegsschuld - Thesen und Stand der Forschung (2014-04-14)
Mombauer, Annika
Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 64(16-17) (pp. 10-16)
The Fischer controversy, documents, and the ‘truth’ about the Origins of the First World War (2013-04)
Mombauer, Annika
Journal of Contemporary History, 48(2) (pp. 290-314)
The Fischer controversy 50 years on (2013-04)
Mombauer, Annika
Journal of Contemporary History, 48(2) (pp. 231-240)
The First World War: Inevitable, Avoidable, Improbable Or Desirable? Recent Interpretations On War Guilt and the War’s Origins (2007-01)
Mombauer, Annika
German History, 25(1) (pp. 79-95)
The Battle of the Marne: myths and reality of Germany's "fateful battle" (2006-12)
Mombauer, Annika
The Historian, 68(4) (pp. 747-769)
Of war plans and war guilt: The debate surrounding the Schlieffen Plan (2005-10)
Mombauer, Annika
Journal of Strategic Studies, 28(5) (pp. 857-885)
From imperial army to Bundeswehr: Continuity and change in the role of the military in German history (2004)
Mombauer, Annika
The Historical Journal, 47(1) (pp. 187-193)
A reluctant military leader? Helmuth von Moltke and the July crisis of 1914 (1999-10)
Mombauer, Annika
War in History, 6(4) (pp. 417-446)
Die Julikrise. Europas Weg in den Ersten Weltkrieg (2014-02-10)
Mombauer, Annika
Beck'sche Reihe Wissen
ISBN : 978-3-406-66108-2 | Publisher : C.H. Beck Verlag | Published : Munich
The origins of the First World War: controversies and consensus (2002)
Mombauer, Annika
ISBN : 0-582-41872-0 | Publisher : Pearson | Published : UK
Helmuth von Moltke and the origins of the First World War (2001)
Mombauer, Annika
New Studies in European History
ISBN : 521791014 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge, UK
German War Plans (2010)
Mombauer, Annika
In: Hamilton, Richard F. and Herwig, Holger H. eds. War Planning 1914 (pp. 48-79)
ISBN : 978-0-521-11096-9 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : UK
Der Moltke-Plan: Modifikation des Schlieffenplans bei gleichen Zielen? (2006)
Mombauer, Annika
In: Ehlert, Hans; Epkenhans, Michael and Gross, Gerhard P. eds. Der Schlieffenplan: Analyse und Dokumente (pp. 79-99)
ISBN : 9783506756299 | Publisher : Schoeningh | Published : Paderborn, Germany
Das Bild Helmuth von Moltkes in der Biography (2006)
Mombauer, Annika
In: Epkenhans, Michael; Foerster, Stig and Hagemann, Karen eds. Militaerische Erinnerungskultur. Soldaten im Spiegel von Biographien, Memoiren und Selbstzeugnissen (pp. 132-151)
ISBN : 978 3 506 75680 0 | Publisher : Schoeningh | Published : Paderborn, Germany
The Coming of War, 1914 (2005-12)
Mombauer, Annika
In: Martel, Gordon ed. A Companion to Europe 1900-1945 (pp. 180-194)
ISBN : 978 1 4051 0664 1 | Publisher : Blackwell | Published : Oxford
Helmuth von Moltke: a general in crisis? (2000-03-07)
Mombauer, Annika
In: Hughes, Mathew and Seligmann, Matthew S. eds. Leadership in Conflict 1914-1918 (pp. 95-116)
ISBN : 9780850527513 | Publisher : Pen and Sword | Published : Barnsley, UK
The Origins of the First World War: diplomatic and military documents (2013-02)
Mombauer, Annika ed.
ISBN : 9780719074202 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
The Kaiser. New Research on Wilhelm II's role in Imperial Germany (2003-11)
Mombauer, Annika and Deist, Wilhelm eds.
ISBN : 9780521824088 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge, UK