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Professor John Davis

Professor of History and International Relations

About

I teach, supervise, and research in the areas of modern British and German history, Anglo-German relations, and international relations.  I teach undergraduate courses on Life in Victorian Britain; World History, Empire and Nationalism in Britain and Germany, and The Age of Extremes.  I teach Master's courses in Modern Britain and Europe and International History.  

I supervise in the areas of my research:  Anglo-German relations, Modern British and German history, the history of monarchy, the history of exhibitions.

Areas of specialism

  • Anglo-German relations
  • German history
  • British history
  • International relations
  • History of commercial policy
  • Economic integration
  • Exhibitions and expos
  • Monarchy and its history

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Courses taught

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Qualifications

  • MA German and International Relations (Joint First Class), Aberdeen University
  • PhD Modern History, Glasgow University
  • Principal Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Professional membership

Higher Education Academy (Principal Fellow)

German Historical Institute

Institute of Historical Research

Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (Associate Member)

Institute of European History (former Stipendiat/Scholar)

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History

Royal Society of Arts (Fellow)

William Shipley Group (Deputy Chairman)

Chatham House

British International History Group

UK Council for Graduate Education

History at Universities Defence Group

History UK

Research

My research covers (so far!):

* Anglo-German relations, with particular emphasis on their history, British and German foreign and commercial policy, migration - in both directions, and cultural, intellectual and economic exchange;

* British history, particularly regarding the 19th century and in relation to political economic thought, Free Trade, British trade policy, educational reform, and technical education;

* German history, particularly respecting German federal politics 1815-1871, economic integration, German economic nationalism (particularly respecting Britain), British models for German industrial growth, and the German Customs Union (Zollverein);

* the history of exhibitions, both in the UK and Germany.

I am currently working on

* a history of the Zollverein

* British policy towards the North German Confederation

* Prince Albert's private royal library

* private royal libraries at European courts (comparisons and connections)

* mapping the Great Exhibition (a web-based heritage project)

Publications

Number of items: 42.

Article

Davis, John R. and Nicholls, Angus (2016) Friedrich Max Muller : the career and intellectual trajectory of a German philologist in Victorian Britain. Publications of the English Goethe Society, 85(2-3), pp. 67-97. ISSN (print) 0959-3683

Davis, John R. (2014) Representation, rivalry and transfer: the German states and the 1862 exhibition. The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 1850 to the Present, 38, pp. 163-178.

Davis, John R. (2014) The origins of the 1862 exhibition and its place in history. The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 1850 to the Present, 38, pp. 9-20.

Davis, John (2011) Book review of: 'The Hanoverian dimension in British history, 1714-1837'. European History Quarterly, 41(1), pp. 168-170. ISSN (print) 0265-6914

Davis, John R. (2009) Book Review of: Our friend "The Enemy": elite education in Britain and Germany before World War I by Thomas Weber. American Historical Review, 114(5), pp. 1521-1522. ISSN (print) 0002-8762

Davis, John R. (1998) The Bamberg Conference of 1854: a re-evaluation. European History Quarterly, 28(1), pp. 81-107. ISSN (print) 0265-6914

Davis, John (1998) The Bamberg-Conference of 1854: A re-evaluation (German Confederation, 19th-century politics). European History Quarterly, 28(1), pp. 81-107. ISSN (print) 0265-6914

Davis, John R. (1997) The British Sonderweg: the peculiarities of British free trade, 1845-80. Diplomacy & Statecraft, 8(3), pp. 68-90. ISSN (print) 0959-2296

Davis, John R. (1997) A reconsideration of Britain as commercial hegemon in the nineteenth century. Synthese, 113(2), pp. 195-203. ISSN (print) 0039-7857

Book

Bosbach, Franz , Davis, John and Urbach, Karina, eds. (2015) Common heritage: documents and sources relating to German-British relations in the archives and collections of Windsor and Coburg. Volume 1: The archives. Berlin, Germany : Duncker & Humblot. 767p. ISBN 9783428144167

Davis, John R. [Compiler] and Morrell, Emily [Compiler] (2013) Grants for history 2013: a guide to funding. London, U.K. : University of London Institute of Historical Research. ISBN 9781905165841

Davis, John and Everill, Susanne (2011) Grants for history 2012: a guide to funding. London : Institute of Historical Research. 172p. ISBN 9781905165698

Davis, John [Compiler], Whitston, Kerry [Compiler] and Hall, Valerie [Compiler] (2010) Grants for History 2011: a guide to funding. London, U.K. : University of London Institute of Historical Research. ISBN 9781905165629

Davis, John [Compiler], Morrell, Emily [Compiler] and Hall, Valerie [Compiler] (2009) Grants for History 2010: a guide to funding. London, U.K. : University of London Institute of Historical Research. 164p. ISBN 9781905165544

Davis, John and Morrell, Emily (2008) Grants for history 2009: a guide to funding. London : University of London, Institute of Historical Research. ISBN 1905165412

Davis, John , Winters, Jane and Morrell, Emily, eds. (2007) Grants for history 2008: a guide to funding. London : University of London, Institute of Historical Research. 150p. ISBN 1905165285

Manz, Stefan , Schulte Beerbuhl, Margrit and Davis, John R., eds. (2007) Migration and transfer from Germany to Britain, 1660-1914. Munich : Saur. 176p. (Prinz-Albert-Forschungen) ISBN 3598230028

Davis, John, ed. (2007) Richard Cobden's German diaries. Munich, Germany : K.G.Saur Verlag. 115p. (Prinz-Albert-Forschungen/Prince Albert Research Publications) ISBN 359823001x

Davis, John R (2007) The Victorians and Germany. Oxford : Peter Lang. 419p. ISBN 9783039110650

Bosbach, Franz and Davis, John R., eds. (2007) Windsor - Coburg: Geteilter Nachlass - Gemeinsames Erbe = Windsor - Coburg: divided estate - common heritage. Berlin : Saur. 219p. (Prinz-Albert-Studien, no. 25) ISBN 3598214251

Davis, John R., Winters, Jane and Smyth, Emily (2006) Grants for history 2007: a guide to funding. University of London, Institute of Historical Research. 136p. ISBN 1905165188

Davis, John R., Bowcock, Frances and Dodd, Lindsey (2005) Grants for history 2006: a guide to funding. London : University of London, Institute of Historical Research. ISBN 1905165110

Davis, John, Winters, Jane and Bowcock, Frances (2004) Grants for history 2005: a guide to funding. University of London, Institute of Historical Research. 295p. ISBN 1871348994

Bosbach, Franz and Davis, John R., eds. (2004) Prinz Albert: ein Wettiner in Grossbritannien = Prince Albert: a Wettin in Britain. Munich : Saur. 201p. ISBN 3598214227

Davis, John and Winters, Jane (2003) Grants for history 2004: a guide to funding. London : University of London, Institute of Historical Research. 287p. ISBN 1871348919

Bosbach, Franz and Davis, John R., eds. (2002) Die Weltausstellung von 1851 und ihre Folgen = The Great Exhibition and its legacy. Munich, Germany : K.G. Saur. 440p. (Prinz-Albert-Studien = Prince Albert Studies) ISSN (print) 0941-6242 ISBN 3598214200

Davis, John , Payne, Annie and Winters, Jane, eds. (2002) Grants for history 2002-2003: a guide to funding. London : University of London, Institute of Historical Research. 288p. ISBN 1871348765

Davis, John R (1999) The Great Exhibition. Stroud, U.K. : Sutton Publishing. 238p. ISBN 0750916141

Davis, John R. (1997) Britain and the German Zollverein, 1848-66. Basingstoke, U.K. : Macmillan. 238p. ISBN 0333678281

Book Section

Davis, John R. (2015) Liberalisation, the Parliamentary system, and the crown : the role of Coburg Dynasties in nineteenth-century constitutional debate. In: Kroll, Frank-Lothar and Munke, Martin, (eds.) Hannover - Coburg-Gotha - Windsor : Probleme und Perspektiven einer vergleichenden deutsch-britischen Dynastiegeschichte vom 18. bis in das 20. Jahrhundert. Berlin, Germany : Duncker & Humblot. pp. 259-276. ISBN 9783428145980

Davis, John R. (2015) A marginal exhibition? The All-German exhibition in Berlin, 1844. In: Filipova, Marta, (ed.) Cultures of international exhibitions, 1840-1940. Great exhibitions in the margins. Farnham, U.K. : Ashgate. pp. 69-88. ISBN 9781472432810

Davis, John R. (2014) German travellers to the Great Exhibition of 1851. In: Kroll, Frank-Lothar and Munke, Martin, (eds.) Deutsche Englandreisen / German travels to England 1550–1900. Berlin, Germany : Duncker & Humblot. pp. 217-236. (Prince Albert Studies, no. 30) ISBN 9783428144471

Davis, John (2014) Higher education reform and the German model: a Victorian discourse. In: Ellis, Heather and Kirchberger, Ulrike, (eds.) Anglo-German scholarly networks in the long nineteenth century. Leiden, The Netherlands : Brill. pp. 39-62. (History of Science and Medicine Library: Knowledge Infrastructure and Knowledge Economy) ISBN 9789004253124

Davis, John R (2008) The Great Exhibition and the German States. In: Auerbach, Jeffrey A. and Hoffenberg, Peter H., (eds.) Britain, the Empire, and the World at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Aldershot, U.K. : Ashgate. pp. 147-172. ISBN 9780754662419

Davis, John (2007) Great Britain, Russia and Germany during the Crimean War. In: Stellner, F. , Bahensky, F. and Sobehart, R., (eds.) Deutsch-russische Beziehungen: politische, wirtschaftliche und kulturelle Aspekte von der fruehen Neuzeit bis zum 20. Jahrhundert. Beitraege der internationalen Konferenz in Prag vom 24-25 November 2005. Prague, Czech Republic : Set Out. ISBN 9788086277592

Davis, John R. (2007) The Great Exhibition and modernization. In: Buzard, James , Childers, Joseph W. and Gillooly, Eileen, (eds.) Victorian prism: refractions of the Crystal Palace. Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press. pp. 233-249. (Victorian literature and culture series) ISBN 0813926033

Davis, John R. (2007) Introduction. In: Davis, John R., (ed.) Richard Cobden's German diaries. Munich, Germany : K.G.Saur Verlag. pp. 11-29. (Prinz-Albert-Forschungen/Prince Albert Research Publications, no. 2) ISBN 359823001x

Davis, John R. (2006) Albert and the great exhibition of 1851: creating the ceremonial of industry. In: Litzenberger, Caroline and Groth Lyon, Eileen, (eds.) The human tradition in modern Britain. Maryland, U.S. : Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Inc. pp. 95-109. (The Human tradition around the world series) ISBN 0742537358

Davis, John R. (2004) Albert and the historians: the historical treatment of Prince Albert. In: Bosbach, Franz and Davis, John R., (eds.) Prinz Albert: ein Wettiner in Groβbritannien/Prince Albert: a Wettin in Britain. Munich, Germany : K.G. Saur. pp. 191-200. (Prinz-Albert-Studien/Prince Albert studies, no. 22) ISBN 3598214227

Davis, John R. (2004) Britain and the European balance of power. In: Williams, Chris, (ed.) A companion to nineteenth-century Britain. Oxford, U.K. : Blackwell Publishing. pp. 34-52. (Blackwell companions to British history) ISBN 063122579X

Davis, John R (2002) The International Legacy of the Great Exhibition. In: Bosbach, Franz and Davis, John R, (eds.) Die Weltausstellung von 1851 und ihre Folgen / The Great Exhibition and its legacy. Munich, Germany : K.G. Saur. pp. 337-347. (Prinz-Albert-Studien/Prince Albert studies) ISBN 3598214200

Davis, John R. (2002) Introduction. In: Bosbach, Franz and Davis, John R., (eds.) Die Weltausstellung von 1851 und ihre Folgen = The Great Exhibition and its legacy. Munich, Germany : K.G. Saur. pp. 23-30. (Prinz-Albert-Studien = Prince Albert Studies, no. 20) ISSN (print) 0941-6242 ISBN 3598214200

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