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Anna Ross
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University of Warwick
Associate Professor
University of Warwick


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About My Work
I am a political historian of modern Europe. My work explores state-building and empire, as well as larger questions of sovereignty across different periods of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

My early work explored the aftermath of the 1848 revolutions in the German states. I am currently working on two projects, one quite different to this early work and one which extends it. My first project (funded by the British Academy; Oxford University Press; and the Humanities Research Fund, University of Warwick) takes me into Spain's swanson of colonial engagement in North Africa, specifically in Morocco. Here I look at the building of the city of Tetouan from 1912 to 1956, and the impact it had on Spanish attitudes towards the state, empire, and world order. Articles related to this project weave together my Spanish and German fields of expertise, especially as the German presence in North Africa increased during WWII. The second project I am developing grows out of my earlier work on the 1850s. It examines the limits of German state power in the modern era, especially when it clashed with the interests of foreign property investment in Germany and German investments around the world. This means that the project takes me back to Spain and North Africa, as well as enveloping numerous other regions beyond Central Europe.
Beyond the Barricades: Government and State-Building in Post-Revolutionary Prussia, 1848-58 (Oxford: OUP, 2019)

‘Down with the Walls! The Politics of Place in Spanish and German Urban Extension Planning, 1848-1914’, Journal of Modern History (June, 2018)

Book Chapters
‘Post-Revolutionary Politics: The Case of the Prussian Ministry of State,’ in The 1848 Revolutions and European Political Thought, ed. by Douglas Moggach and Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge: CUP, 2018)

‘Photographing Reurbanization in West Berlin, 1977-84,’ in The Ethics of Seeing: 20th Century German Documentary Photography Reconsidered, ed. by Paul Betts, Jennifer Evans, and Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Oxford: Berghahn, 2018)
Professional Associations


2018- present: Associate Professor of Modern European History, University of Warwick
2016-2018: Assistant Professor of Modern European History, University of Warwick
2013-2016: Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow (JRF), Nuffield College, University of Oxford
2014: PhD, Modern European History, University of Cambridge
2008: MPhil, Modern European History, University of Cambridge
2004: BA(Hons), University of Sydney