Jan Vermeiren studied Modern History, Politics, and German Literature at Humboldt University of Berlin, the Free University of Berlin, and University College London (UCL). He completed a PhD at the UCL Centre for European Studies and has held various awards, including a Marie Curie Doctoral Fellowship and scholarships from the DAAD and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. He previously taught at UCL and the University of Essex and has guest lectured at the Universities of Salzburg and Venice.
Dr Vermeiren’s research interests cover a number of areas in German and European history in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is particularly interested in the history of German nationalism and geopolitical thought, the First World War, the Habsburg Monarchy, and questions of European integration.
His first book is entitled The First World War and German National Identity: The Dual Alliance at War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016). It investigates the essence and intensity of the spirit of solidarity between the German Reich and the Habsburg Monarchy, often described in terms of 'Nibelungentreue', and examines the extent to which the war coalition led to a re-evaluation of the 'kleindeutsch' paradigm in Imperial Germany and more openness to different conceptions of the German nation.
Reviews: 'Vermeiren's monograph constitutes an excellent contribution to the modern cultural and social history of World War I. His findings concerning the development of German nationalism add significantly to the scholarship on German history and the changing character of nationalisms in Central and Eastern Europe.' Hungarian Historical Review, 6/1 (2017), pp. 254-257 (257).
'The Tannenberg Myth in History and Literature, 1914-1945'
'Die Mittelmächte und die rumänische Frage 1914-1916'
with Matthew D'Auria (eds.), Visions and Ideas of Europe during the First World War (Abingdon, 2018).
with Matthew D’Auria (eds.), Narrating Europe: Conceptions of European History and Identity in Historiography and Intellectual Thought, special issue of History: The Journal of the Historical Association (2018).
Notions of solidarity and integration in times of war: the idea of Europe, 1914–18,
in European Review of History
pp. 874-888Full Text UEA Repository
The Bonds That Unite? Historical Perspectives on European Solidarity,
in European Review of History
The First World War and German National Identity: The Dual Alliance at War,
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 9781107031678UEA Repository
Problèmes et perspectives d’une histoire de l’idée européenne de la Révolution française au Printemps des peuples (1789-1848/49),
in Canadian Journal of History
pp. 68-85UEA Repository
'Nation-State and Empire in German Political Thought: Europe and the Myth of the Reich',
in The Space of Crisis: Images and Ideas of Europe in the Age of Crisis, 1914-1945.
ISBN 978-2-87574-069-4UEA Repository
'Imperium Europaeum: 'Rudolf Pannwitz and the German Idea of Europe',
in Europe in Crisis : Intellectuals and the European Idea, 1917-1957.
ISBN 978-0-85745-727-1UEA Repository
Germany, Austria, and the Idea of the German Nation, 1871-1914,
in History Compass
pp. 200-214Full Text UEA Repository
The “Rebirth of Greater Germany”: The Austro-German Alliance and the Outbreak of War,
in Untold War : New Perspectives in First World War Studies.
Key Research Interests
- German and Central European History in the 19th and 20th Centuries
- German Nationalism and Geopolitical Thought, c. 1871-1945
- The History of the Habsburg Monarchy, c. 1867-1918
- The First World War
- The History of the Idea of Europe
Zabecki, David T., et al. (eds.), Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History, 4 vols (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2014), European History Quarterly, 46/1 (2016), 199-201.
Rathkolb, Oliver, The Paradoxical Republic: Austria 1945-2005 (New York: Berghahn, 2010), European History Quarterly, 43/1 (2013), 176-78.
Fellner, Fritz, and Corradini, Doris A. (eds.), Schicksalsjahre Österreichs. Die Erinnerungen und Tagebücher Josef Redlichs 1869-1936, 3 vols. (Vienna: Böhlau, 2011), Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, 121/2 (2013), 153-55.
Liulevicius, Vejas Gabriel, The German Myth of the East: 1800 to the Present (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), European History Quarterly, 41/2 (2011), 343-44.
Winter, Jay and Robert, Jean-Louis (eds.), Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin 1914-1919, 2 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997-2007), vol. II: A Cultural History (2007), H-German (February 2009).
Cole, Laurence and Unowsky, Daniel L. (eds.), The Limits of Loyalty: Imperial Symbolism, Popular Allegiances, and State Patriotism in the Late Habsburg Monarchy (New York: Berghahn, 2007), Das Historisch-Politische Buch, 56/2 (2008), 162-63.
Ehrenpreis, Petronilla, Kriegs- und Friedensziele im Diskurs. Regierung und deutschsprachige Öffentlichkeit Österreich-Ungarns während des Ersten Weltkriegs (Innsbruck: Studienverlag, 2005), H-Soz-u-Kult and Historische Literatur, 4 (2006), 172-74.
Vermeiren, Jan, 'Benjamin Ursinus v. Bär' and 'Bernhard Sanden d. Ä.', in F. Windt et al. (eds.), Preußen 1701 – eine europäische Geschichte, 2 vols. (Berlin: Hentschel, 2001), vol. II., 139-40.
Vermeiren, Jan, Der “Hitler-Putsch” 1923, Shoa.de – Zukunft braucht Erinnerung (2000).
Conference Papers (Selection)
11/2016 'Deutschland und der Zusammenbruch der Habsburgermonarchie. Eine Neubewertung des Zweibundes im Ersten Weltkrieg', Österreich-Ungarn und die imperialen Herausforderungen im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert: Nationalismen und Rivalitäten im Habsburgerreich, in Europa und in der Welt, German Historical Institute Warsaw
09/2016 'The Politics of Alliance Making and Alliance Breaking: The Central Powers and the Romanian Question, 1914-1916', The Romanian Campaign 1916/17: Experience and Memory, University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
06/2016 'Notions of Solidarity and Integration in Times of War: The Idea of Europe, 1914-1918', The Bonds That Unite? Historical Perspectives on European Solidarity, University of Augsburg
06/2016 '"Ankläger des imperialistischen Krieges" und "führender Repräsentant der sozialistischen Literatur der DDR": Ein Beitrag zur Rezeptionsgeschichte Ludwig Renns nach 1945', Das rote Erbe der Front. Der Erste Weltkrieg in der DDR, European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder) and Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin
02/2016 'The Tannenberg Myth in History and Literature, 1914-1945', Narratives of War, Huizinga Institute, Amsterdam
11/2015 'Habsburg Collapse and German Responsibility: A Re-Assessment of the Dual Alliance at War', Unknown Fronts: The Eastern Turn in First World War History, University of Groningen
07/2015 Co-Organiser of 'Narrating Europe', Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures, 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, Sciences Po, Paris
04/2015 'German-Slav Relations in World War One - A Re-Assessment', Alternative Spaces of European Identity, University of Bristol
12/2014 'Die Mittelmächte: Deutschland und Österreich-Ungarn im Ersten Weltkrieg', Der Erste Weltkrieg: Österreich-Ungarn im europäischen Kontext (Lecture Series), University of Salzburg.
08/2014 'The Great War and the Idea of Europe' (joint paper with Matthew D'Auria), World War One International Conference: Perspectives on the 'Great' War, Queen Mary, University of London.
07/2014 'The European Idea on the Eve of World War One: Continuities and Discontinuities', The Great War and the Idea of Europe, University College London in collaboration with UEA.
06/2014 Chair of 'The Atrocities of the First World War Reconsidered', 'Civil War', and 'Post-War Order', The Violence of War: Experiences and Images of Conflict, University College London.
04/2014 Chair of 'Another Greece: Unexplored Aspects of 19th and 20th-century German Philhellenism' and Discussant for 'Contesting the Consensus - Debating Democracy in Postwar Western Europe', 10th European Social Science History Conference, University of Vienna.
03/2014 'The Dual Alliance at War and German National Identity', Research Seminar Political History, University of Utrecht.
12/2013 'Technology and Warfare', The Violence of War: Combatants' Experiences of Conflict, 1853-1918, University College London.
06/2013 Discussant for 'Notions of Revolution and Changing Images of Europe: The Twentieth Century' and 'Tolerant Europe: Policies and Practices', 20th International Conference of Europeanists: Crisis & Contingency: States of (In)stability, University of Amsterdam.
05/2013 'Problèmes et perspectives d’une histoire de l’idée européenne de Napoléon à Mazzini : Pistes de réflexions', Unir et construire l'Europe: circulations, transferts et croisements des projets européens du XVIIIe siècle au milieu du XXe siècle, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand.
09/2012 'The Rise (and Fall) of the German Pirate Party', 42nd Annual Conference of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies UACES, University of Passau.
02/2012 '"Partei, Partei, wer sollte sie nicht nehmen": The Poetical Debate between Freiligrath and Herwegh', German Graduate Research Seminar, University of Cambridge.
09/2011 'The "Prussians of the South East": Imperial Germany and the Hungarian Alliance, 1914-1918', 6th Biennial Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies: 'Other Fronts, Other Wars', Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.
07/2011 'Nationalism, National Identity and the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707', 13th International Congress for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of Graz.
06/2011 'Nation-State and Empire in German Political Thought, 1914-1945', 18th International Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, Barcelona.
04/2011 '"It’s not only for Austria’s Banner": The Dual Alliance at War and the Politics of Austro-German Identity', Cultures at War: Austria-Hungary 1914-1918, St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.
11/2010 'Germania Irredenta: The Role of Grossdeutschland in Weimar Nationalism', English and German Nationalist and Anti-Semitic Discourse (1871-1945), Queen Mary, University of London.
Dr Vermeiren has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has offered more than thirty different modules, mainly in modern German and European history, but also in art history, historical theory, political and social thought, and contemporary European politics. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PGCERT) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Vermeiren was twice shortlisted for a UEA Teaching Award (in 2014 and 2015).
- Introduction to Modern History
- The Age of Extremes: Europe 1918 to 2001
- Modern Germany, 1914-1990
- The First World War: A New History
- The Third Reich
- Nationalism and Violence in 20th-century Europe
- Historical Research Skills
- The 'Golden Twenties': Weimar Culture and the Spirit of Modernity (Specialist Tutorial)
Recent Supervision (Selection)
- Identities and Loyalties in the Napoleonic Rhineland, 1799-1814
- The Formation and Consolidation of the Nation-State: Italy and Germany in Comparison
- The German Campaigns against France in 1870 and 1914
- The Crisis of Masculinity in the Weimar Republic
- The Origins and Evolution of Nazi Architecture
- Nazi Perceptions of Britain and the British, 1920-39
- Medical Experiments in Nazi Germany
- Gestapo and NKVD: A Comparison
- The Battle of the Atlantic: The Cooperation between Luftwaffe and Submarine Force
- The German Occupation of the Channel Islands
- The Nazi Occupation of Denmark and Norway
- The Role of Women in the French Resistance
- The War Crimes of the Wehrmacht in the European East
- The Grey Eminence: Martin Bormann’s Role in the Third Reich
- Victor Klemperer's Diaries and the Social Death of Germany's Jews, 1933-39
- The Family in the Holocaust: A Study of Family Life in Nazi Ghettos and Camps
- Conceptual and Methodological Problems of Holocaust Testimonies
- The Occupation of Post-War Germany and the Origins of the Franco-German Friendship, 1945-49
- The Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution: A Comparison
- Propaganda, Art and Symbolism in World War One
- Anglo-French Relations in World War One
- Mobilisation Strategies of the Red Army Faction and the Red Brigades
- The Populist Vision of Contemporary Democracy: A Cross-European Examination
- The Ideological Development of the NPD from 1996 to 2011
- Finality Debate and Flexible Integration: Opt-Outs in European Law
- Assessing Europeanness: The EU and Cyprus as a Frozen Conflict
- Effects of EU Conditionality: The Roma Minority in Bulgaria
- The 2009 European Elections in the Portuguese Press
- Multiculturalism in United Germany, 1990-2013
- German-Hungarian Relations, 1906-1914
- Italian Liberalism and the Contradictions of the Penal System, 1887-1911
- 'Westalgie' and the Legacies of the Bonn Republic
- Civil Resistance in Poland during the Summer of 1980 in its Domestic and International Context
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- Dr Vermeiren is a co-editor of History: The Journal of the Historical Association and on the advisory board of the newly-established journal Europea.
- He is a co-founder and coordinator of the Research Network on the History of the Idea of Europe which brings together ca. 40 scholars from all over Europe and has so far held conferences and workshops in London, Salerno, Barcelona, Boston, Amsterdam, and Paris: http://www.historyideaofeurope.org/
- Dr Vermeiren has peer-reviewed manuscripts for Yale University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, Nations and Nationalism, Cultural History, Austrian Studies, and Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica. He has also served as a peer reviewer for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
- 12/2015 Interview about Germany and the refugee crisis, Ming Pao (Hong Kong)
- 06/2014 'Deutschland und Österreich bei Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs', Der Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs in Salzburg - Reaktionen der Bevölkerung, Salzburg Museum
- 05/2014 'Myths and Legends of the First World War', UEA Campus in the City, Norwich
- 02/2014 Interview about World War One research and teaching, Radio BBC Norfolk
- 01/2014 Q&A Session with the director of 'KZ Mauthausen' (UK, 2006), Reels of History, Cinema City Norwich
- 05/2013 'Hitler’s Allies: The German Experience of Coalition Warfare in World War Two', Norfolk and Norwich Branch of the Historical Association, Norwich
- 11/2011 Interview about East German Football Hooliganism, The Independent
- 11/2011 Introductory Talk 'The Battle of the Somme' (UK, 1916), Reels of History, Cinema City Norwich
- 06/2010 Interview about Anglo-German relations and football rivalry, Radio BBC Norfolk
- Dr Vermeiren is Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies in the School of History. He is a member of the HIS Management Committee, the HIS Teaching Committee, the HIS Scholarships Panel (PGT), and the Faculty of the Arts and Humanities Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing Executive.