Professor Nadine Rossol

School of Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies
Professor Nadine Rossol
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    5B.143, Colchester Campus

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    Thursday 4-5 pm, Friday 10-11 am



I studied History and Italian at the University of St Andrews and wrote my PhD thesis in German History at the University of Limerick 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 I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Most recently, I have co-edited with Benjamin Ziemann 'The Oxford Handbook of the Weimar Republic (OUP, 2022). The German edition is called 'Aufbruch und Abgründe. Das Handbuch der Weimarer Republik (wbg, 2021). We have outlined some of our ideas on the Weimar Republic and our handbook here: OUP blog 'The Ghosts of Weimar: Is Weimar Germany a warning from history? '5 oft vergessene Fakten über die Weimarer Republik' (in German) 5 often forgotten facts about Weimar: 'Zu Gast bei L.I.S.A Wissenschaftsportal der Gerda Henkel Stiftung: Die Weimarer Republik--Der Blick von heute auf damals' (one hour conversation on the Weimar Republic and its perception): I participated in the podcast 'Eine Stunde History: Weimarer Republik--Der Vertrag von Rapallo' produced by Deutschlandfunk Nova: I am also 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 Berlinserved as host institution formy 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 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. Based on this project, I have published an edited source collection of 35 school essays of male teenagers who wrote about their experiences in the German Revolution in November 1918. The book has been published by be.bra Wissenschaft Verlag in 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 Essenas 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 and professional activities

Research interests

German history, especially social and cultural history of Weimar and Nazi Germany

Open to supervise

European cultural and urban history

Open to supervise

police history

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Verkehrte Welt? Kultur und Gesellschaft in der Weimarer Republik

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, AGM of the Historical Association of the Deutsche Bank, Die wilden Zwanziger. Kultur und Wirtschaft zwischen Hyperinflation und Weltwirtschaftskrise, 11/10/2023

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

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Rebellious Pasts: Challenging and Creating Histories (HR173)

  • Revolutions in History, 1776-1919: How to Change the World (HR176)

  • Between Protection and Control: Policing Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries (HR296)

  • History Works: Career Portfolio (HR510)

  • Research Project (HR831)

  • Approaches to War, Culture and Society (HR962)

  • War and Memory: Remembering, Commemorating, and Contesting the Past (HR970)

Previous supervision

Nicolle Watkins
Nicolle Watkins
Thesis title: Gender, Community and the Memory of the Second World War Occupation of the Channel Islands
Degree subject: History
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 30/4/2018


Journal articles (9)

Rossol, N. and Ziemann, B., (2023). Ausnahmerecht, Gewalt und Selbstgleichschaltung. Die Machtergreifung der NSDAP 1933. Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ): Deutschland 1933. 73 (4), 18-25

Rossol, N., (2019). Polizei-- als Erziehungsarbeit? Zu einem zentralen Motiv deutscher Polizeiarbeit in der ersten Haelfte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte: Polizei. 69 (21-23), 29-35

Rossol, N., (2019). Historisierung oder Popularisierung? Die Revolution 1918/19 zwischen öffentlichem Jubiläum und geschichtswissenschaftlichen Impulsen. Archiv fur Sozialgeschichte (AfS). 59, 347-368

Rossol, N., (2018). Policing, Traffic Safety Education and Citizenship in post-1945 West Germany. Journal of Contemporary History. 53 (2), 339-360

Rossol, N. and Dunnage, J., (2015). Building Ideological Bridges and Inventing Institutional Traditions: Festivities and Commemorative Rituals in the Fascist and Nazi Police. Crime History and Societies. 19 (1), 67-88

Rossol, N., (2010). Performing the Nation: Sports, Spectacles, and Aesthetics in Germany, 1926–1936. Central European History. 43 (4), 616-638

Rossol, N., (2010). Review Essay: Chancen der Weimarer Republik. Neue Politische Literatur. 55 (3), 393-419

Rossol, N., (2008). Flaggenkrieg am Badestrand. Lokale Möglichkeiten repräsentativer Mitgestaltung in der Weimarer Republik. Zeitschrift Für Geschichtswissenschaft. 56 (7/8), 617-637

Rossol, N., (2008). Weltkrieg und Verfassung als Gründungserzählung der Republik. Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte. 50-51, 13-18

Books (4)

Rossol, N. and Ziemann, B., (2022). The Oxford Handbook of the Weimar Republic. Oxford University Press. 9780198845775

Rossol, N. and Ziemann, B., (2021). Aufbruch und Abgrund Das Handbuch der Weimarer Republik. wbg Academic in Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG). 3534273753. 9783534273751

Rossol, N., (2018). Kartoffeln, Frost und Spartakus. Weltkriegsende und Revolution 1918/19 in Essener Schüleraufsätzen. be.bra Wissenschaft Verlag. 9783947686100

Rossol, N., (2010). Performing the nation in interwar Germany: Sport, spectacle and political symbolism, 1926-36. Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230274778

Book chapters (16)

Rossol, N., (2023). Policing and Politics: The Case of Germany. In: Bloomsbury Global History of Crime and Punishment. Editors: Lawrence, P., . Bloomsbury

Rossol, N., (2023). Engaging with Sources: Police Records. In: Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method. Editors: Berger, S., . Bloomsbury

Rossol, N. and Ziemann, B., (2022). Introduction. In: The Oxford Handbook of the Weimar Republic. Oxford University Press. xviii- 24. 9780198845775

Rossol, N., (2022). Republican Groups, Ideas, and Identities. In: The Oxford Handbook of the Weimar Republic. Oxford University Press. 264- 290. 9780198845775

Rossol, N., (2021). "Ein Hoch auf die Republik!" Die Feiern des Verfassungstages in der Weimarer Republik. In: Demokratie versuchen Die Verfassung in der politischen Kultur der Weimarer Republik. Editors: Schumann, D., Gusy, C. and Mühlhausen, W., . V&R. 203- 224. 352531129X. 9783525311295

Rossol, N., (2021). Le celebrazioni della giornata della Costituzione nella Repubblica di Weimar. In: La Repubblica di Weimar democrazia e modernità. Editors: Cornelissen, C. and D'Ottavio, G., . il Mulino. 91- 115. 8815294090. 9788815294098

Rossol, N., (2021). Reichskunstwart Edwin Redslob. In: Haus der Weimarer Republik. Katalog zur Dauerausstellung. 71- 71

Rossol, N., (2019). "Die Abdankung unseres Kaisers hat mich nicht besonders getroffen..." Emotionen, Erwartungen und Teilhabe an der deutschen Revolution 1918/19. In: Zusammenbruch, Aufbruch, Abbruch? Die Novemberrevolution als Ereignis und Erinnerungsort. Editors: Braune, A. and Dreyer, M., . Franz Steiner Verlag. 161- 175

Rossol, N., (2017). Die deutsche Polizei im Wandel der Gesselschaften und politischen Systeme: 'Volkspolizei' von 1918/19 bis in die 1950er-Jahre. In: "Das deutsche Volk und die Politik." Hugo Preuss und der Streit um Sonderwege. Editors: Lehnert, D., . Metropol. 251- 276

Rossol, N., (2015). Spectacular settings for Nazi spectacles: Mass theater in the Third Reich. In: Spectacle. Editors: Creech, J. and Haakenson, TO., . Peter Lang. 157- 186. 9783035306545

Rossol, N., (2015). Incapable of Securing Order? The Prussian Police and the German Revolution 1918/19. In: Germany 1916-23 A Revolution in Context. Editors: Weinhauer, K., McElligott, A. and Heinsohn, K., . Transcript-Verlag. 59- 82. 9783837627343

Rossol, N., (2014). Politische Symbolik bei Massenveranstaltungen des deutchen Sports zwischen den Weltkriegen. In: Die Spiele gehen weiter Profile und Perspektiven der Sportgeschichte. Editors: Becker, F. and Schäfer, R., . Campus. 27- 47. 9783593501697

Rossol, N., (2011). Repräsentationskultur und Verfassungsfeiern der Weimarer Republik. In: Demokratiekultur in Europa: Politische Repräsentation im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Editors: Lehnert, D., . Böhlau. 261- 280. 9783412207137

Rossol, N., (2011). Visualising the Republic: State Representation and Public Rituals in Weimar Germany. In: Weimar Culture Revisited. Editors: Williams, JA., . Palgrave Macmillan. 139- 159. 9780230109421

Rossol, N., (2010). Fahne, Adler und Hymne. Kulturpolitische Grundsatzdebatten in der Weimarer Republik. In: Der Reichskunstwart. Kulturpolitik und Staatsinszenierung in Deutschland 1918-1933. Editors: Welzbacher, C., . Weimarer Verlagsgesellschaft. 136- 156

Rossol, N., (2003). Ordinary Police Work? The Anti-Semitic Policy of Cologne's City Police in the Third Reich. In: Conflict and Legality: Policing mid-twentieth Century Europe. Editors: Oram, G., . Francis Boutle. 79- 94. 978-1903427200

Other (3)

Rossol, N., (2014).Commemoration and Cult of the Fallen in Germany post-1918,1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2014-10-08

Rossol, N., (2014).Veterans' Organisations (Germany),1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2014-10-08

Rossol, N., (2013).Review Essay: Beyond Law and Order? Police History in Twentieth-Century Europe and the Search for New Perspectives. Contemporary European History. 22(02),Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Grants and funding


Writing about a Revolution, Emotions, Agency and Expectations of German Revolution in 1918

The British Academy

+44 (0) 1206 872305


5B.143, Colchester Campus

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Thursday 4-5 pm, Friday 10-11 am

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