Mr Shane Nagle

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Personal profile

'Historical narratives and European nationalisms: Germany and Ireland in Comparison.'

My PhD research is a comparative study of the relationship of history writing to nationalism in Germany and Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (c. 1840 to the inter-war period). It is concerned with comparing and contrasting how historical narratives were used to define ideas of the 'nation'. The thesis takes a thematic approach towards comparison, focusing in particular on on the construction of origins and foundational events, religion and the nation’s history, ‘race’ and the nation in history, and the historical construction of ‘national territory’. A final research chapter aims to shed some light on transnational as well as comparative connections between national(ist) historiography in both the contexts under consideration.

This thesis is situated mainly within the context of recent efforts in the history of historiography to undertake systematic comparison of varied national(ist) historiographies on a pan-European basis, in the quite new sub-field of the comparative history of historiography. Through this particular comparison I also hope to add to the still under-developed comparative approach in Irish historiography, as well as to provide an answer to the question of whether through comparison of national(ist) historiography in these two quite ‘distanced’ and apparently unconnected contexts, it is possible to speak of a specifically European form of national(ist) historiography, based on common patterns and discourse. 

Other Responsibilities:

I am a convenor of the graduate students’/early career historians’ seminar in the history of political ideas at the Institute of Historical Research of the University of London (Political of Ideas Seminar B). I am also a convenor of the Royal Holloway History Postgraduate Forum seminar programme, based at Royal Holloway’s London building in Bedford Square. I have been a member of the board of reviewers for the online Journal of Intellectual History and Political Thought since mid-2011. I have previously been a student member of the Association of the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, a member of the Executive Committee of ASEN (2012-2013) and a member of the ASEN Conference Committee (2012-2013). In this role I was involved in organizing the 23rd Annual ASEN Conference, on ‘Nationalism and Revolution’, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Scholarships and Prizes:

August 2012: AHRC Conference attendance small grant

2012: Friendly Hand Foundation Bursary for research travel and expenses

2011: Friendly Hand Foundation Bursary for research travel and expenses

May 2010: Awarded a Royal Holloway College Research Scholarship for doctoral research commencing in October 2010.

May 2009: Awarded a competitive MA bursary by Queen Mary, University of London for the intercollegiate University of London MA in History of Political Thought and Intellectual History.

July 2008: Awarded the Nina Boyle Memorial Prize as the highest-scoring BA Modern History and Politics student in my second undergraduate year.

Conferences, Symposia, etc.:

4th June 2013: Paper presented at annual Graduate Research Forum of the History Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, on ‘Socialist Writers and National(ist) Historiography: Redefinitions of the Nation’s History in Ireland and Germany’.

9th January 2013: Paper presented at the Modern Religious History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research (London) on ‘Protestant and Catholic Conflict in German and Irish National(ist) Historiography: An Overview of Comparison.’

October 2012: Paper presented at the ‘Irish diaspora and revolution, 1845-1945’ Conference at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, on ‘“Exile”, Migration and the Rejection of Revolution: Diaspora as Intellectual Experience for ex-Young Irelanders – Charles Gavan Duffy and Thomas D’Arcy McGee’.

September 2012: Paper presented at the ‘Protestant-Catholic Conflict: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Realities’ Conference, Stranmillis University College, Belfast (organized by the Open University and funded by the AHRC), on ‘Protestant-Catholic Conflict and Nationalism in German and Irish Historical Narratives: A Comparative Perspective’.

July 2012: Paper presented at the ‘Golden Ages, Cultural Stagnation, and Disastrous Decades’ Conference (Annual Conference of the University of York History Society), on ‘A Disastrous Past and the Modern Nation in Germany and Ireland: The Importance of the Early Modern Period’.

June 2012: Paper presented at the Annual Postgraduate Conference of the South-East History Hub at the University of Kent in Canterbury on ‘National Historical Narratives in Germany and Ireland: the Question of Origins.’

May 2012: Paper presented at annual Graduate Research Forum of the History Department at Royal Holloway, University of London.

28th March 2012: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism at the London School of Economics – ‘Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Boundaries’ – on ‘Religious or Confessional Identity as National Boundary in National Historical Narratives: Germany and Ireland Compared.’

12th January 2012: Paper presented at the Annual Postgraduate Students’ Conference of the German Historical Institute in London on ‘Historical Narratives and European Nationalisms, the cases of Germany and Ireland compared: W.E.H. Lecky and Heinrich von Treitschke.’

5th-6th September 2010: Attended (at invitation) symposium organized by the Fritz Bauer Institut of Frankfurt on ‘Nationalsozialismus und Moral’ at the Evangelische Akademie in Arnoldshain, Hesse, Germany, where I presented from my MA dissertation paper.

Publications:

Review of The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011), by D.M. Leeson, on ‘H-Empire’ (October 2012): https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=35891

Review of A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich (W.W. Norton and Company, London, 2012), by Christopher B. Krebs, in Journal of Intellectual History and Political Thought, 1, 1, 2012

Entries in the CQ Press Encyclopaedia of Modern Political Thought, on ‘Joseph-Arthur de Gobineau’, and on ‘ethnicity and political thought’, ed. Gregory Claeys (SAGE, forthcoming, 2013).

‘Religious or Confessional Identity as National Boundary in National Historical Narratives: Ireland and Germany Compared’, in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 13, 1 (2013)

Chapter on ‘Protestant-Catholic Conflict and Nationalism in German and Irish Historical Narratives’, in conference proceedings edited volume (forthcoming, 2013)

Review of D. Dworkin, Ireland and Britain, 1798-1922: An Anthology of Sources (Indianapolis/London, Hackett Publishing, 2012), in Nations and Nationalism (forthcoming 2013)

 

I completed my BA at Royal Holloway, University of London, focusing on modern European history (2009), finishing with a high Upper Second, and my MA in the intercollegiate University of London course on the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History (Distinction), again focusing on modern Europe (2010). I then went straight on to further graduate study, thanks to a College Research Scholarship provided by Royal Holloway, under the supervision of David Cesarani, Research Professor of History.

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