19th century European history, broadly conceived, particularly Jewish history, German history and nationalism; transnational and global religious activism; international liberalism, humanitarianism and empire.
Abigail Green has been Fellow and Tutor in History at Brasenose since 2000. Her first book, Fatherlands: state-building and nationhood in 19th century Germany (2001), explored the tensions between state-building and nationhood in Germany through a comparative analysis of Hanover, Saxony and Wurtemberg.Shortlisted in the 2002 Das Historisches Buch awards, it is regarded as a seminal contribution to the literature on German nation-state formation. More recently, her work has focused on international Jewish history and transnational humanitarian activism. She won the Sami Rohr Choice Award 2012 for her biography of Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885), the preeminent Jewish figure of the 19th century. Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero (2010) was also named a New Republic Best Book of 2010, and a TLS Book of the Year 2010. Green's work on Montefiore generated her broader interest in religious internationalism, and she is co-editor (with Vincent Viaene) of Religious Internationals in the Modern World (2012), which examines this phenomenon comparatively across different religious traditions. She is now working towards a book on liberalism and the Jews as a way of bringing these various threads together. She welcomes proposals from graduates that intersect with any of these broad research interests.
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