Spotlight on Bernhard Struck

Bernhard StruckDr Bernhard Struck came from the Free University Berlin to St Andrews in 2006. Originally from northern Germany, he studied History, Philosophy and Political Sciences in Kiel, Berlin and Lyon before embarking on a “co-tutelle de thèse” PhD in Berlin and Paris between 2000 and 2003. Bernhard’s first teaching position was at the Centre for French History and Culture at the Technical University before joining and co-directing the former Berlin School for Comparative European History at the Free University Berlin between 2004 and 2006.


nichtwest_w300Bernhard has a broad interest in modern European history since the eighteenth century, though his main focus has been on the German Lands, Poland and France. His first book, Nicht West – nicht Ost. Frankreich und Polen in der Wahrnehmung deutscher Reisender zwischen 1750 und 1850, analysed travel writing and a number of spatial issues including border-lands between Germany, Poland and France in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The second book, Revolution, Krieg und Verflechtung, 1789-1815, which just came out with Septentrion in French translation, is a comparative and transnational synthesis on German-French history between 1789 and 1815. Bernhard is currently finishing “Mapping Germanies”, a monograph that analyses cartographic representations of the nation during the long nineteenth century.

Bernhard book copySince 2009 Bernhard, along with a number of colleagues, has launched the Centre for Transnational History. Along with the Centre he has been involved in setting up new courses along comparative and transnational history such as MO5710 Crossing Borders: European History in Transnational Perspectives and more recently MO5612 Global History, Globalisation and its Histories. At undergraduate level Bernhard is still passionate about travel teaching MO3217 Travel Cultures in Europe or MO4914 The German Enlightenment in European Perspectives.

Beyond academia Bernhard is a keen and (according to his own accounts) a highly talented tennis player and an equally enthusiastic (though less talented) football player. Prospective PhDs students should be aware that sharing his weak spot for watching football, in particular Bayern Munich, may not harm their relationship with their supervisor.

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