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Pieter M. Judson

Professor of 19th and 20th Century HistoryJudson

Head of Department

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 488 / 541
Fax [+39] 055 4685 203
Email Pieter.Judson@eui.eu

Administrative Assistant  Francesca Parenti

Postal address: Department of History and Civilization | Via Boccaccio 121/11 | 50133 Florence - Italy

Villa Raimondi - Office VR 32 - Office Hours: Tuesdays, 13:30-16:00. For appointments please contact: Francesca Parenti   


Fields of Research

  • History of Central, Eastern, and South-eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Culture, society, and politics in the Habsburg Monarchy
  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany
  • Comparative empire
  • The First World War
  • European fascism; nationalism, ethnic cleansing, and European borderlands
  • Histories of sexuality and gender


English, German, Dutch, Czech, minimal Italian

Current Seminars at EUI

Current Research projects

Professor Judson’s current research explores the possibilities and modalities of writing non-nation-based and non-nationalist narrative histories of Central and Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In doing so he seeks to de-pathologize and to Europeanize our understandings of Central and Eastern Europe, placing the history of these regions firmly in a comparative European context. This research will result in a single-authored book for Harvard University Press and an edited volume for Cambridge University Press. In addition Judson is currently collaborating on a project to write a history of Austria-Hungary during the First World War for Oxford University Press that focuses on society and culture. As part of his interest in gender and sexuality studies, Professor Judson is also investigating a case of female-to-male sex change in fin-de-siècle Vienna.

Selected Recent Publications

  • “Do Multiple Languages Mean a Multicultural Society? Nationalist ‘Frontiers’ in Rural Austria, 1880-1918” in Gary B. Cohen and Johannes Feichtinger, eds., Understanding Multiculturalism and the Central European Experience, (Berghahn books, New York & Oxford, 2014), 61-82.
  • “Nationalist Emotion as Fin-de-Siècle Legal Defense? A 1908 Trial in Celje/Cilli” in Acta Histriae 21/4 (December 2013), 1-14.
  • “Marking National Space on the Habsburg Austrian Borderlands: 1880-1918” in Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the East, Central, and Southeast European Borderlands, ed., Omer Bartov and Eric Weitz, (University of Indiana Press, 2013), 122-135.
  • “Beyond Nations: Rethinking How We Write the History of Habsburg Central Europe” in The Berlin Journal #21 fall 2011 (Berlin 2011).
  • “Nationalism in the Era of the Nation State” in The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History, ed. Helmut W. Smith, (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • “L’Autriche-Hongrie: était-elle un Empire?,” Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, 63/3, May-June 2008, 563-596.

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