Academic Staff

Dr Nadine Rossol

Position in departmentEmployability Development Director
Staff positionSenior Lecturer in Modern European History
Telephone01206 872305
Office hoursTuesday 4-5 Friday 12-1

I studied History and Italian at the University of St Andrews and wrote my PhD thesis in German History at the University of Limerick holding where I also had a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship. I taught modules in German and European history in Limerick before I joined the University of Essex in September 2010. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Current research

At the moment I am working on a book examining the role of the police as educator of the population in Germany from the 1920s to the 1950s.Having been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, I spent the academic year 2011/2012 in Germany to carry out more research for this project. The Friedrich-Meinecke-Institute at the Free University Berlin served as host institution for my research stay.

BA/ Leverhulme Small Grant, 2015-2017: Writing about a Revolution: Emotions, Agency and Expectations of the German Revolution in 1918

In this project, funded by the British Academy, I want to explore how ordinary Germans tried to make sense of the revolution, how they formulated new ideas of participation and articulated their demands, hopes or fears in a rapidly changing time period. The sense of living in a time of rupture--rather than continuity--outlived the revolutionary events. These experiences of uncertaibty, change, disappointment but also of challenges, new opportunities, appropriation and hopes do not figure in the examination of long-term results of the revolution. But they are essential to understand how a society dealt with a rupture that fundamentally altered politics and society.

I am working on an edited source collection that focuses on school essays of male teenagers who wrote about their experiences in the German Revolution in November 1918. The book will be published by Be.bra Wissenschaft Verlag in early 2018.This collection of essays provides insight into how the revolution was written about and interpreted by those youngsters who had experienced it in their hometown Essen as well as by those who had imagined the revolution far from home. Half of the school essays were written by pupils who had participated in a harvest aid scheme in the Pomeranian countryside in October 1918 and on hearing about the revolution, they returned back home.

Research interests

social and cultural history in Weimar and Nazi Germany; public festivals, performance culture  and symbolic representation; cultural policy; police history and policing in twentieth century Germany and Italy

Supervision Interests

  • German history, especially social and cultural history of Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • European cultural and urban history
  • police history 
Teaching responsibilities

HR296: Between Protection and Control: Policing Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries
HR390: Metropolis: Urban Germany 1900-1945
HR630: The Third Reich

HR943 The Past in Hiding: Legacies of War, Holocaust, Occupation and Collaboration in Post-1945 Europe



Performing the Nation in Interwar Germany. Sport, Spectacle and Political Symbolism 1926-1936 (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Journal articles

'Policing, Traffic Safety Education and Citizenship in post-1945 West Germany', Journal of Contemporary History (forthcoming 2017). The article can be accessed here through the Online First service of JCH:

with J. Dunnage, ‘Building Ideological Bridges and Inventing Institutional Traditions: Festivities and Commemorative Rituals in the Fascist and Nazi Police’, Crime, History & Societies, 19,1 (2015), pp. 89-111

Review Essay: 'Beyond Law and Order? Police History in Twentieth Century Europe and the Search for New Perspectives', Contemporary European History, 22, 2 (2013), pp.319-330

'Performing the Nation. Sports, Spectacles and Aesthetics in Germany 1926-1936', Central European History, no. 4, 43 (2010), pp. 616-638. This article has been translated into Russian and published in New Literary Observer (NLO), special issue, no.117(2012), vol. 2, pp. 355-377.

Review Essay: 'Chancen der Weimarer Republik', Neue Politische Literatur, no. 3, 55 (2010), pp. 393-419

'Flaggenkrieg am Badestrand. Lokale Möglichkeiten repräsentativer Mitgestaltung in der Weimarer Republik’, Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, no. 7/8, (2008), pp. 617-637

‘Weltkrieg und Verfassung als Gründungserzählung der Republik’, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, no. 50-51, 07/12/ 2008, pp.13-18

Chapters in edited books

'Incapable of Securing Order? The Prussian Police and the German Revolution 1918/19', in K. Weinhauer/ A. McElligott/ K. Heinsohn (eds), Germany 1916-23. A Revolution in Context (Bielefeld transcript/Columbia University Press, 2015), pp. 59-84

'Spectacular Settings for Nazi Spectacles: Mass Theater in the Third Reich', in J.L. Creech/ T.O. Haakenson (eds), German Visual Culture: Spectacle, vol.2 (Oxford, Bern, Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 157-186

'Politische Symbolik bei Massenveranstaltungen des deutschen Sports zwischen den Weltkriegen', in F. Becker/ R. Schäfer (eds), Die Spiele gehen weiter. Profile und Perspektiven der Sportgeschichte (Frankfurt, Campus, 2014), pp. 27-47

'Repräsentationskultur und Verfassungsfeiern der Weimarer Republik’, in D. Lehnert (ed.), Demokratiekultur in Europa (Cologne, Böhlau, 2011), pp. 261-280

‘Visualising the Republic: State Representation and Public Rituals in Weimar Germany’, in J. A. Williams (ed.), Weimar Culture Revisited (Palgrave Macmillan, USA, 2011) pp. 139-159

'Fahne, Adler und Hymne. Kulturpolitische Grundsatzdebatten in der Weimarer Republik’, in C. Welzbacher (ed.), Der Reichskunstwart. Kulturpolitik und Staatsinszenierung in Deutschland 1918-1933 (Weimar, 2010) pp. 136-156

‘Ordinary Police Work? The Anti-Semitic Policy of Cologne’s City Police in the Third Reich’, in G. Oram (ed.), Conflict and Legality: Policing mid-twentieth Century Europe (London, 2003) pp. 79-94

Online articles

'"I could have listened to her all day!" Using oral accounts of a Holocaust survivor in undergraduate teaching', in In Practice, no. 2, vol. 1, spring 2013, pp. 23-29. 

'Veterans' Organisations (Germany)', in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by U. Daniel, P. Gatrell, O. Janz, H. Jones, J. Keene, A. Kramer, and B. Nasson, FU Berlin, Berlin 2014,

'Commemoration, Cult of the Fallen (Germany)', in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by U. Daniel, P. Gatrell, O. Janz, H. Jones, J. Keene, A. Kramer, and B. Nasson, FU Berlin, Berlin 2014,


I have reviewed books for a number of journals including German History, Archives, EHQ, The English Historical Review, Historische Literatur (,and Sehepunkte.


I took part in the BBC  Radio 4 programme 'In Our time' with Melvyn Bragg on the topic of Rosa Luxemburg's life and death.

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