Professor Thomas Weber

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

Chair in History & International Affairs

Professor Thomas Weber
Professor Thomas Weber

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The University of Aberdeen Department of History, University of Aberdeen
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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



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  • Partnership in Leadership: A New Beginning – Neue Impulse für die transatlantischen Beziehungen. Bericht der Task Force ‘Zukunft der transatlantischen Beziehungen’ bei der Henry-Kissinger-Professur für Sicherheits- und Strategieforschung der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Partnership in Leadership: A New Beginning - New Impulses for Transatlantic Relations. Report of the Task Force 'Future of Transatlantic Relations' assembled by the Henry Kissinger Professorship for Security and Strategic Studies of Bonn University)

    Behrens, M., Bitterlich, J., Borchert, H., Clüver Ashbrook, C., Fröhlich, S., Herdegen, M., Johnston, S. A., Koch, R., Lang, J., Mayer, M., Nielson, M., Pousttchi, K., Rathke, J., Reiter, J., Rizzo, R., Ulrich, S., Schmidt, C., Sielke, S., Simms, B., Sportolari, F., Tworek, H., Weber, T., von Weitershausen, I.

    Bonn: Bonn University. 52 pages

    Books and Reports: Other Reports

  • Skating into the Abyss: The Struggle between the Revolutionary Spirit of 1776 and the Reformist Spirit of 1783 in the Establish- ment of the New International Order in 1919 and After

    Weber, T.

    Vom Nachkrieg zum Vorkrieg. Schlie, U., Lojko, M., Weber, T. (eds.). Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, pp. 33-56, 24 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Vom Nachkrieg zum Vorkrieg: Die Pariser Friedensverträge und die internationale Ordnung der Zwischenkriegszeit (From Postwar to Prewar: The Paris Peace Treaties and International Order in the Interwar Years)

    Schlie, U., Lojko, M., Weber, T.

    Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden Baden. 180 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Die Ursprünge von Hitlers Antisemitismus vor 1914: Eine Neubewertung (The origins of Hitler's anti-Semitism before 1914: A reassessment)

    Weber, T.

    Ich traf Hitler. Giebel, W. (ed.). Berlin Story Verlag, pp. 521-548, 28 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Bavaria’s Seminal Catastrophe: The Revolution of 1918/1919

    Weber, T.

    The Global Impacts of Russia’s Great War & Revolution. Marshall, A., Saboll, S., Steinberg, J. (eds.). Slavica, pp. 177-212

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Hitlers langer Schatten: Der Umgang der Deutschen mit Adolf Hitler im 21. Jahrhundert (Hitler's long shadow: The counterproductive approach of Germans with Adolf Hitler in the 21st century)

    Weber, T.

    Modernes Regierungshandeln im Zeitalter der Globalisierung. Schlie, U. (ed.). Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • De Adolf a Hitler: La Construcción de un Nazi (From Adolf to Hitler: The Formation of a Nazi)

    Weber, T.

    Taurus, Madrid

    Books and Reports: Books

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