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Dr Michael Rowe

Dr Michael Rowe

Senior Lecturer in Modern European History

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1080
Address Department of History
King’s College London
Room S8.33
London WC2R 2LS

Michael Rowe is Lecturer in Modern European History. Prior to joining the department in 2004, Dr Rowe lectured at Queen’s University, Belfast, following a Prize Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford. He completed his PhD thesis in Cambridge after graduating with a BA History degree from King’s College London in 1992.
Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Modern Europe in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras

Michael Rowe’s research interests are focused on Continental Europe in the era spanning the French Revolution and Napoleonic period (c.1780-1830). He is currently working on a history of Europe in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic age, analyzing in particular how political culture changed under the impact of new ideas and events, and how the relationship between subject and state was transformed. Many of his publications to date have focused on German-speaking Europe, an area that in many respects represented the Continent in microcosm. Thematically, he has ranged widely, covering topics as diverse as modernisation and state/ nation building; administrative structures; propaganda; the formation of identities and concepts of citizenship; centre-periphery conflicts; and the role of military conscription in integrating new populations.


Dr. Rowe would particularly welcome applications from research students interested in working on:

  • The French Revolution and Napoleon
  • State formation and nationalism in the ‘long’ nineteenth century (1789-1914)
  • The history of modern France and Germany
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Selected Publications
  • Michael Rowe (2010) ' Comparing Napoleon’s Leadership Style with the Dictators of the 20th Century ', in Rethinking History, Dictatorship and War: New Approaches and Interpretations  pp. ?-?
  • Michael Rowe (2008) 'The Political Culture of the Holy Roman Empire on the Eve of its Destruction', in The Bee and the Eagle. Napoleonic France and the End of the Holy Roman Empire, 1806  pp. 42-64
  • Michael Rowe (2006)  'France, Prussia or Germany? The Napoleonic Wars and Shifting Allegiances in the Rhineland' CENTRAL EUROPEAN HISTORY, 39 (4), pp. 611-640.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • Michael Rowe (2003) Collaboration and resistance in Napoleonic Europe : state formation in an age of upheaval, c. 1800-1815 Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ;; New York: Palgrave Macmillan 
    [Edited book in print]
  • Michael Rowe (2003) From Reich to state : the Rhineland in the revolutionary age, 1780-1830 Cambridge ;; New York: Cambridge University Press 
    [Authored Book in print]
For a complete list of publications, please see Michael's full research profile.


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