David Motadel

David Motadel

Research Interest

Biography

David Motadel is Associate Professor of International History at the LSE. He works on the history of modern Europe and Europe’s global entanglements.

He is the author of a book on the history of Muslims under German rule in the Second World War  (Harvard University Press, 2014; translated into nine languages), ranging from North Africa and the Balkans to the Caucasus and the Crimea, and the editor of a volume on Islam in the European Empires (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Among his current projects is a global history of Europe’s empires in the era of the Second World War, 1935-1948, which is under contract with Penguin Press (Allen Lane). Some first results were published in ‘The Global Authoritarian Moment and the Revolt Against Empire’ in the American Historical Review.

David Motadel has also a more general interest in global history. His co-authored article ‘The Futures of Global History’, published in the Journal of Global History in 2018, led to a lively debate in the field. He is the co-editor of The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire (Princeton University Press, 2019) and the editor of Revolutionary World: Global Upheaval in the Modern Age (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

His articles have been published in a number of journals, including Past and Present, the American Historical Review, the Historical Journal, the Journal of Contemporary History, the Journal of Global History, and the Annales.

David Motadel studied in Germany, Switzerland, and England. He completed his MPhil (2006) and PhD (2010) in History at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. His doctoral dissertation was awarded several prizes, including the Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal of the University of Cambridge for the best history dissertation of the year. He subsequently took up a Research Fellowship in History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (2010-15). He joined the LSE in 2016 as Assistant Professor of International History and became Associate Professor of International History in 2019. Dr. Motadel has held visiting positions at Harvard (2007-8), Yale (2009-10), Oxford (2011-12), Sciences Po (2018-19), and the Sorbonne (2018-19). He was also a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (2019-20). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2018, he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for History.

David Motadel also regularly writes on history and current affairs for newspapers and magazines. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books, and Literary Review, among others.

Prizes

• Philip Leverhulme Prize, 2018
• Fraenkel Prize, 2014
• Walter Laqueur Prize, 2014
• Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal of the University of Cambridge, 2011
• Doctoral Dissertation Prize of the British International History Group, 2011
• Doctoral Dissertation Prize of the German Historical Institute London, 2011
• Essay Prize of the German History Society and the Royal Historical Society, 2007

Other Titles

LSE-Columbia University Double MSc in International and World History Programme Director; Coordinator of LSE-Columbia University Double Degree Dissertations (HY458)

Courses

A dedicated teacher, David Motadel has also been awarded the LSE Excellence in Education Award (2018) and the LSE Promotions Teaching Prize (2019).

Dr David Motadel teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY322: Nazi Germany’s War: Violence and Occupation in Europe, 1939-1945

At postgraduate level:

HY471: European Empires and Global Conflict, 1935-1948

Publications

Books

Revolutionary World: Global Upheaval in the Modern Age (ed.) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021). (Paperback: 2021).

The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire (ed.) (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2019). (with J. Osterhammel and C. Dejung). (Paperback: 2019).

Islam and the European Empires (ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2014). (Paperback: 2016).

Islam and Nazi Germany’s War (Harvard University Press, 2014). (Paperback: 2017).

Translations: German: Klett-Cotta, 2017. French: La Découverte, 2019. Spanish: Alianza, 2021. Italian: Leg Edizioni, 2020. Dutch: Prometheus, 2021. Russian: Delo, 2020. Turkish: Alfa, 2015. Persian: Saless, 2019. Arabic: Madarat, forthcoming 2021. (The German edition was re-published by the Federal Agency for Civic Education of the German Ministry of the Interior in 2018.)

Journal Articles

European History after the Global Turn, Annales (French and English; forthcoming).

The Global Authoritarian Moment and the Revolt against Empire, American Historical Review 124, 3 (2019), 843-877.

Nationalist Internationalism in the Modern Age, Contemporary European History 28, 1 (2019), 77-81.

The Futures of Global History, Journal of Global History 13, 1 (2018), 1-21. (with R. Drayton)

Material Conditions and Ideas in Global History, British Journal of Sociology 72, 1 (2021), 26-38. (with R. Drayton)

The ‘Muslim Question’ in Hitler’s Balkans, Historical Journal 56, 4 (2013), 1007-1039.

Islam and Germany’s War in the Soviet Borderlands, 1941-1945, Journal of Contemporary History 48, 4 (2013), 784-820. (Awarded the Walter Laqueur Prize)

Islam and the European Empires: Historiographical Essay, Historical Journal 55, 3 (2012), 831-856.

The German Other: Shah Nasir al-Din’s Perceptions of Difference and Gender during his Visits to Germany, 1873-1889, Iranian Studies 44, 4 (2011), 563-579.

Qajar Shahs in Imperial Germany, Past and Present 213, 1 (2011), 191-235.

(Awarded the Essay Prize of the German History Society and the Royal Historical Society)

Book Chapters

Global Revolution, in David Motadel (ed.), Revolutionary World: Global Upheaval in the Modern Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021), 1-37.

Worlds of the Bourgeoisie, in David Motadel, Jürgen Osterhammel, and Christof Dejung (eds.), The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2019), 1-39. (with J. Osterhammel and C. Dejung)

Worlds of a Muslim Bourgeoisie: The Socio-Cultural Milieu of the Islamic Community in Interwar Berlin, in David Motadel, Jürgen Osterhammel, and Christof Dejung (eds.), The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2019), 229-250.

Islamic Revolutionaries and the End of Empire, in Martin Thomas and Andrew S. Thompson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Ends of Empires (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 555-579.

The Muslim World in the Second World War, in Richard Bosworth and Joe Maiolo (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Second World War, Vol. 2: Politics and Ideology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 605-627.

Veiled Survivors: Jews, Roma, and Muslims in the Years of the Holocaust, in Nikolaus Wachsmann and Jan Rüger (eds.), Rewriting German History: New Perspectives on Modern Germany (Sir Richard J. Evans Festschrift) (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 288-305.

The Making of Muslim Communities in Western Europe, 1914-1939, in Umar Ryad and Götz Nordbruch (eds.), Transnational Islam in Interwar Europe: Muslim Activists and Thinkers (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 13-43.

Iran and the Aryan Myth, in Ali Ansari (ed.), Perceptions of Iran: History, Myths and Nationalism from Medieval Persia to the Islamic Republic (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013), 119-145.