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

Lecturer (Scholarship)


Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
Crombie Annexe
Meston Walk
King’s College Aberdeen
AB24 3FX
Room: 111

AHRC funded research project: Heirs to the Throne in the Constitutional Monarchies of Nineteenth-Century Europe (1815-1914)


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 and Philosophy for the AY 2016-17.


Research Interests

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 Responsibilities

Participates in or teaches the following modules:

Level 1           Europe in the 20th Century

Level 2           Birth of Modernity

Level 2           Global Empire in the Long Nineteenth Century

Level 3           Thinking History

Level 3           Acts of Terror

Level 4           History in Practice

Level 4           Undergraduate History Dissertation

Level 5           Research Preparation in Historical Studies

Further Info

External Responsibilities

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

Admin Responsibilities

Undergraduate Dissertations Coordinator for History, September 2016-



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Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings


  • Mehrkens, H. (2016). How European was Nineteenth-Century Royal Soft Power?. in F Muller & H Mehrkens (eds), Royal Heirs and the Uses of Soft Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe., 16, Palgrave, pp. 303-308.
  • Mehrkens, H. (2016). Immer an der richtigen Tür stehen: Die welfisch-preußische Hochzeit 1913 aus britischer Perspektive. in U Daniel & C Frey (eds), Die preußisch-welfische Hochzeit 1913. Appelhans, pp. 81-91.
  • Mehrkens, H. (2016). Ein Opfer des Krieges und der Kriegsgesetze?: Die Beschießung von Bazeilles im Deutsch-Französischen Krieg 1870. in B Majerus & T Kolnberger (eds), Krieg in der europäischen Neuzeit. vol. 4, Krieg in der europäischen Neuzeit, Mandelbaum Verlag.
  • Mehrkens, H. (2016). Ferdinand Philippe von Orléans: Ein Todesfall und ein fragiles Regime (1842-1848). in E Widder & I Holzwart-Schäfer (eds), Geboren, um zu herrschen?. Mohr Siebeck.
  • Mehrkens, H. (2015). The impossible task of replacing a model heir: The death of Ferdinand-Philippe d’Orléans and the ‘new France’. in FL Müller & H Mehrkens (eds), Sons and Heirs: Succession and Political Culture in Nineteenth Century Europe. Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 196-210.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-45498-0_12
  • Mehrkens, H. (2013). Décrire la guerre: les correspondants allemands et la campagne 1870-1871. in R Belot (ed.), 1870 – de la guerre à la paix. Strasbourg – Belfort. Editions Hermann.
  • Mehrkens, H. (2013). L’occupation militaire de 1870-1871 vue par les Anglais. in J-F Chanet, A Crépin & C Windler (eds), Le Temps des hommes doubles. Presses universitaires de Rennes, pp. 85-105.
  • Mehrkens, H. (2013). Ludwig Friedrich Freiherr von Münchhausen (1809-1814). in H Steinführer & C Böhler (eds), Die Braunschweiger Bürgermeister. Appelhans, pp. 329-332.
  • Mehrkens, H. (2013). Wilhelm Albrecht Christian Freiherr von Mahrenholtz (1808). in H Steinführer & C Böhler (eds), Die Braunschweiger Bürgermeister. Appelhans, pp. 325-328.
  • Mehrkens, H. (2011). The Politics of Waiting. The Imperial Couple Napoleon III and Eugenie. in T Riotte & P Mansel (eds), Monarchy and Exile. The politics of legitimacy from Marie de Médicis to Wilhelm II. Palgrave, pp. 230-250.
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