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Jonathan Triffitt

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Jonathan Triffitt, M.A. (St And.), M.Sc. (Edin.)
Postal address:
School of History
St Katharine's Lodge
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9BA
United Kingdom

Email: jt63@st-andrews.ac.uk

Research overview

I am a historian of modern Germany with a particular interest in nineteenth and twentieth century monarchy.

My PhD project, entitled Twilight of the princes: The fall and afterlife of monarchy in southern Germany, 1918-c.1934, is supervised by Professor Frank Lorenz Müller and Professor Riccardo Bavaj. Focusing on the states of Hessen, Bavaria, and Württemberg, it offers the first comparative examination of what may be called the ‘de-monarchification’ of Germany after the November Revolution of 1918. Within only a few days at the end of the First World War, Imperial Germany’s ancient monarchical edifice collapsed spectacularly and unexpectedly. My thesis considers (i) how the new republican authorities formally and symbolically dismantled the old royal state, (ii) the fate of the deposed rulers as individuals and as a social class, and (iii) the responses of the German people to the disappearance of monarchy. This research is kindly funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

I read German and modern history at the Universities of Bonn and St Andrews before taking a master's degree in history at the University of Edinburgh. My master's dissertation evaluated British and Canadian attempts to reconcile centralisation of the British Empire with the needs of fin de siècle dominion nationalism.

At St Andrews, I teach on the first-level modern history module Themes in late modern history, c.1776-2001 (MO1008).

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