Chris Clark (historian)
Christopher Clark 2013
March 14, 1960 |
|Thesis||Jewish mission in the Christian state: Protestant missions to the Jews in 18th- and 19th-century Prussia (1991)|
|Notable awards||Wolfson History Prize|
|Spouse||Nina Lübbren (art historian)|
|Cambridge Faculty of History page|
Christopher Munro "Chris" Clark (born March 14, 1960) is an Australian historian working in England. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School, the University of Sydney and the Freie Universität Berlin.
As he acknowledges in the foreword to "Iron Kingdom", living in West Berlin in what turned out to have been the last years of the divided Germany (1985–87) gave him an insight into German history and society. He received his Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. He is Professor in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. Catharine's College.
Clark is a co-editor of the scholarly book series New Studies in European History from Cambridge University Press. He is the author of a study of Christian-Jewish relations in Prussia (The Politics of Conversion. Missionary Protestantism and the Jews in Prussia, 1728-1941; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995); a critical biography of the last German Kaiser (Kaiser Wilhelm II; Harlow: Longman, 2000, series "Profiles in Power"), and a best-selling history of Prussia (Iron Kingdom. The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947; London: Penguin, 2006). His latest book is a study of the outbreak of the First World War (The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914; London: Allen Lane, 2012). He is also the co-editor with Wolfram Kaiser of a transnational study of secular-clerical conflict in nineteenth-century Europe (Culture Wars. Catholic-Secular Conflict in Nineteenth-Century Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), and the author of numerous articles and essays. Professor Clark presented the BBC4 documentary programme "Frederick the Great and the Enigma of Prussia", most recently broadcast 22 October 2011 (as of November 2013).
In October 2010 Germany awarded Clark the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany as his "research had contributed greatly to German-British relations". Clark was conferred the honour at a reception at the German Ambassador's Residence by the German Ambassador.
He is married to the art historian Nina Lübbren, to whom he dedicated "Iron Kingdom" and who warmly acknowledged his support and assistance in her own academic work. They have two sons, Josef and Alexander.
- 2007 – Wolfson History Prize
- 2007 – H-Soz-u-Kult prize "Das historische Buch"
- 2007 – Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, History Book Award for Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
- 2007 – General History Prize, New South Wales Premier's History Awards, for Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
- 2013 - Cundill Prize, finalist, for The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914
- Clark, Christopher M. (2012). The sleepwalkers: how Europe went to war in 1914. London: Allen Lane. ISBN 9780713999426. LCCN 2012515665.
- Clark, Christopher M. (2006). Iron kingdom: the rise and downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674023854. LCCN 2006043076. Published in Germany as Preußen: Aufstieg und Niedergang 1600-1947 by DVA, 2007
- Clark, Christopher M.; Kaiser, Wolfram, eds. (2003). Culture wars: secular-Catholic conflict in nineteenth-century Europe. Cambridge, UK & New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521809975. LCCN 2003273877.
- Clark, Christopher M. (2000). Kaiser Wilhelm II. Harlow, England & New York: Longman. ISBN 0582245591. LCCN 00030939.
- Clark, Christopher M. (1995). The politics of conversion: missionary Protestantism and the Jews in Prussia, 1728-1941. Oxford Clarendon Press & New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198204566. LCCN 95154541.
- Culture Wars: Secular–Catholic conflict in Nineteenth-Century Europe. (with Wolfram Kaiser) Cambridge University Press, 2003
- "Christopher M. Clark" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2010. Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000196693. Retrieved 2013-11-30. Biography in Context. (subscription required)
- Faculty of History: Academic Staff: Further Details: Dr Christopher Clark, archived from the original on 2011-07-19, retrieved 2013-11-30
- "BBC Four - Frederick the Great and the Enigma of Prussia". Retrieved 2013-11-30.
- Clark, Christopher M. (2006). Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947. Harvard University Press. pp. iii, iv, xi. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
- Nina Lübbren (2001). Rural artists' colonies in Europe, 1870-1910. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-5867-7.
- Press Release (21 November 2013). "Ann Applebaum wins 2013 Cundill Prize". McGill University. Retrieved 24 December 2013.