Dr Heidi Mehrkens

Dr Heidi Mehrkens
Dr Heidi Mehrkens

Dr Heidi Mehrkens

M.A., Dr. Phil., TU Braunschweig

Lecturer

About

School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History

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Meston Walk

King’s College

Old Aberdeen

AB24 3FX

Room: 111

Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History

Biography

I completed my degree in Modern History, Medieval History and Law at the Technical University of Braunschweig. As a lecturer (2005-2012) I gathered experience in teaching and researching modern European history, with a particular interest in the fields of political cultural history, military history, the history of monarchies and the history of the media in the long nineteenth century.

Between 2012-2016 I worked as a research fellow at the University of St Andrews, before joining Aberdeen's School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History for the AY 2016-17.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Undergraduate Dissertations Coordinator for History, September 2016-

External Memberships

Co-editor of the book series ‘Studies in Modern Monarchy’ (Palgrave Macmillan).

Prizes and Awards

AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence Awards 2021: Best Personal Tutor

Research

Research Overview

I am a researcher and teacher in European modern history and particularly interested in political cultural history, military and media history as well as the history of the monarchy in the long nineteenth century.

From 2012-2016 I worked as a research fellow with the AHRC-funded research project “Heirs to the throne in the Constitutional Monarchies of Nineteenth-Century Europe (1815-1914)”, based at the University of St Andrews. Together with Frank Lorenz Mueller I have edited two volumes on royal heirs in European monarchies. I am currently writing a book on succession and heirs to the throne in the constitutional political systems of Prussia, France and Great Britain (1815-1914).

Another exciting field of research is the cultural history of nineteenth-century warfare and politically motivated violence. My doctoral thesis on the Franco-Prussian war 1870/71 formed part of the DFG-funded research project “France and Germany at War (18th–20th centuries)” led by Professor Ute Daniel (TU Braunschweig) and Professor Gerd Krumeich (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf).

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Participates in or teaches the following modules:

Level 1           Making History

Level 1           Europe in the 20th Century

Level 2           Birth of Modernity

Level 2           The Face of Battle

Level 2           Global Empire in the Long Nineteenth Century

Level 3           Thinking History

Level 3           Acts of Terror: Violence and Authority in 19th Century Europe

Level 4           Special Subject: European Constitutional Monarchies in the Long 19th Century

Level 4           History in Practice

Level 4           Undergraduate History Dissertation

Level 5           Research Preparation in Historical Studies

Publications

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  • ‘Diese armen Geiseln machen immer ein jämmerliches Gesicht’. Über Anfänge des humanitären Völkerrechts

    Mehrkens, H.
    Krieg Macht Nation. Wie das deutsche Kaiserreich entstand. Bauer, G., Protte, K., Wagner, A. (eds.). Sandstein-Verlag, pp. 336-345, 9 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Heroic Heirs. Monarchical Succession and the Role of the Military in Restoration Spain and France

    Mehrkens, H., Meyer Forsting, R.
    The Price of Peace. Modernising the Ancien Régime? Europe 1815-1848. IB Tauris
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Teacher, Father, King. Royal representations of Louis-Philippe I

    Mehrkens, H.
    Francia. Forschungen zur westeuropäischen Geschichte, vol. 46 (2019), pp. 207-230
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Den Feind studieren: Perspektiven auf den franzoesischen Soldaten in deutscher Kriegsgefangenschaft (1870-1871)

    Mehrkens, H.
    Les prisonniers de guerre (xve-xixe siecle). Jalabert, L. (ed.). Presses universitaires de Rennes, pp. 65-79, 14 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Der Koenig weint.: Der Tod des Prinzen Ferdinand-Philippe d'Orleans und das 'Neue Frankreich'

    Mehrkens, H.
    Geboren, um zu herrschen?. Widder, E., Holzwart-Schäfer, I., Heinemeyer, C. (eds.). Mohr Siebeck, pp. 231-250, 20 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Ein Opfer des Krieges und der Kriegsgesetze?: Die Beschießung von Bazeilles im Deutsch-Französischen Krieg 1870

    Mehrkens, H.
    Krieg in der industrialisierten Welt. Majerus, B., Kolnberger, T., Ortner, M. C. (eds.). Caesarpress, pp. 3-24, 22 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • How European was Nineteenth-Century Royal Soft Power?

    Mehrkens, H.
    Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Muller, F., Mehrkens, H. (eds.). Palgrave, pp. 303-308, 6 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe

    Mehrkens, H. (ed.), Muller, F. L. (ed.)
    Palgrave, Houndmills Basingstoke. 319 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duc d’Angoulême: The loyal Dauphin

    Mehrkens, H.
    Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
  • Immer an der richtigen Tür stehen: Die welfisch-preußische Hochzeit 1913 aus britischer Perspektive

    Mehrkens, H.
    Die preußisch-welfische Hochzeit 1913. Daniel, U., Frey, C. (eds.). Appelhans, pp. 81-91, 11 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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