Professor Thomas Weber

Professor Thomas Weber
MSt., DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS

Chair in History & International Affairs

Professor Thomas Weber
Professor Thomas Weber

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Department of History, University of Aberdeen
Crombie Annexe
Meston Walk
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3FX


Thomas Weber is Professor of History and International Affairs as well as the founding Director of the Centre of Global Security and Governance at the University of Aberdeen. His research and teaching expertise lies in European, international, and global political history.

A native of Breckerfeld in Westphalia, he earned his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2003. Before coming to Aberdeen, Weber held fellowships or taught at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and the University of Glasgow. Since joining Aberdeen, Weber has held visiting positions at the Center for European Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in 2008/2009 and from 2012 to 2015.

His first book, Lodz Ghetto Album, won a 2004 Golden Light Award and a 2005 Infinity Award. His second book, Our Friend “The Enemy” was the recipient of the 2008 Duc d’Arenberg History Prize for the best book of a general nature, intended for a wide public, on the history and culture of the European continent. His third book, Hitler's First War, was published in English by Oxford University Press in 2010, as well as in eight other languages. It is the recipient of the 2010 Arthur Goodzeit Book Award of the New York Military Affairs Symposium for the best book on military history.  It is also being adapted into a TV mini series by UFA-Fiction and Beta Film. His latest book, Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi , was published in 2017. A El Mundo Top 10 Best Seller, it was translated into several languages and was shortlisted for the 2018 for the 2018 Elizabeth Longford Prize.

Thomas Weber occasionally contributes commentary on history and current affairs for news organizations in Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

His author website can be found at

Further Info

Major Publications and Prizes

Hitler’s First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment and the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2010)

- German edition: Hitlers Erster Krieg: Der Gefreite Hitler im Ersten Weltrkrieg – Mythos und Wahrheit (Berlin: Propyläen Verlag, 2011; List-Verlag 2012 (pbk)); Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (pbk); Dutch edition: Adolf Hitler en de Eerste Wereldoorlog (Amsterdam: Nieuw Amsterdam, 2011); Swedish edition: Hitlers Första Krig (Historiska Media, Lund, 2011); French edition: La premiere guerre d'Hitler (Editions Perrin, Paris, 2012); Polish edition: Pierwsza wojna HitleraRebis, Poznan; Czech edition: Hitlerova První Válka (Jota, 2011); Spanish edition:La primera guerra de Hitler(Taurus, Madrid, 2012); Danish edition: Hitlers Første Verdenskrig (Informations Forlag, Copenhagen, November 2012); Russian edittion: Eksmo.

‘Our Friend “The Enemy”’: Elite Education in Britain and Germany before World War I (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008).

Lodz Ghetto Album: Photographs by Henryk Ross (photographs selected by Timothy Prus & Martin Parr’ (London: Chris Booth, 2004) 

Publication Prizes

 2008: Duc d’Arenberg History Prize awarded biannually by the Arenberg Foundation for the best book on European history and culture [for Our Friend ‘The Enemy’]

 2005: Infinity Award in the category ‘Publication’ of the International Center of Photography, New York City. Infinity Awards are awarded “to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by honoring individuals with distinguished careers in the field and by identifying future luminaries” [for Lodz Ghetto Album]

 2004: Golden Light Award in the category ‘Best Edited Historical Book’, awarded annually by the Maine Photographic Workshops [for Lodz Ghetto Album]