Michael Rowe was promoted to Reader in European History in 2017, having joined King’s College London as a Lecturer in 2004. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast (1999-2004). He held a Prize Research Fellowship at Nuffield College Oxford (1996-1999), previously completing his PhD at Cambridge University (1993-1996), and did his first (BA) degree in Medieval and Modern History in King’s College London (1989-1992). Michael Rowe was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2004.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- Nationalism and Identity Politics in Europe, c.1750-1914
- French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars
- Religion and the State in Europe, c.1750-1914
- French and German History, c.1750-1914
- History of Warfare, c.1700 onwards
Michael Rowe’s research is concentrated geographically on Europe, with particular expertise in the history of France and Germany. His publications to date mainly cover the era of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, and the decades immediately before and after. In thematic terms, he is especially interested in the growth of the state in Europe and the rise of nationalism. More recently, this has developed into a focus on the role of religion in the politics of various European states in the period spanning the eighteenth-century Enlightenment to the emergence of nation states later in the nineteenth century.
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Michael Rowe teaches a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. These include specialised modules focused on the history of warfare, on religion and politics, on Europe in the age of the French Revolution and Napoleon, and on the history of Germany in the long nineteenth century.
Expertise and public engagement
Michael Rowe is an active member of the German History Society, which furthers the study of German History in the UK and Ireland. He co-convenes the Modern German History seminar run at the Institute of Historical Research. He was also engaged in Waterloo200 events, aimed at advancing a wider public understanding of the Napoleonic Wars and the era of revolutions of which they were part.
Zeitgeist auf Ordnungssuche: Die BegrÃ¼ndung des KÃ¶nigreiches WÃ¼rttemberg 1797-1819, by Georg Eckert
01 March 2017
Russia and the Napoleonic Wars, by J. M. Hartley, P. Keenan and D. Lieven
01 January 2017
Napoléon et quarante millions de sujets: La centralisation et le Premier Empire, by Jean Tulard and Marie-José Tulard
01 January 2016
Le défi de l'enracinement napoléonien entre Rhin et Meuse, 1810-1814: l'opinion publique dans les départements de la RoÃ«r, de l'Ourthe, des ForÃªts et de la Moselle, by Pierre Horn
01 January 2017
Phantom Terror: Political Paranoia and the Creation of the Modern State, 1789-1848, by Adam Zamoyski
01 January 2017
1807: apogée de l'Empire? by J. Bernet and Ã‰. Cherrier
01 January 2011
Napoleon, by V. Hunecke
01 January 2012
Der Wiener Kongress, by H. Duchhardt
01 January 2014
Bayerns Pressepolitik und die Neuordnung Deutschlands nach den Befreiungskriegen, by Wolfgang Piereth
01 January 2001
Paris: the 'New Rome' of Napoleon I, by Diana Rowell
01 January 2015