Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - History of Western Europe and transatlantic relations

Dr. Andrew Tompkins

Humboldt Post-Doc Fellow


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Fluid Boundaries:  The Rhine and Oder-Neisse Borderlands since 1945



Andrew Tompkins conducts research on the transnational history of Europe in the twentieth century.

His DPhil thesis at the University of Oxford examined transnational protest against nuclear energy in France and West Germany during the 1970s.  His post-doctoral project looks at the outer borders of post-1945 Germany in East and West, examining how Polish, French, and German residents along the Rhine and Oder rivers put national borders to use in their own lives, ultimately making these fluid boundaries into stable borders.



Tompkins, Andrew, Better Active than Radioactive! Transnational Anti-Nuclear Protest in 1970s France and West Germany, Oxford University Press (Oxford Historical Monographs),forthcoming.

Tompkins, Andrew, "Grassroots Transnationalism(s): Franco-German Opposition to Nuclear Energy in the 1970s", Contemporary European History 25, 1, 2016, pp. 117-142.

Tompkins, Andrew and Robert Gildea, "The Transnational in the Local: The Larzac Plateau as a Site of Transnational Activism since 1970"
Journal of Contemporary History, special issue on "The Limits of Transnationalism: Political Activism in Europe 1950s-1980s" (2015).

Tompkins, Andrew, "Transnationality as a Liability? The Anti-Nuclear Movement at Malville", Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire / Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis 89, 3-4, 2011, pp. 1365-1379.


Review: Timothy Scott Brown, West Germany and the Global 1960s: The Antiauthoritarian Revolt, 1962-1978, in German History, Vol. 32, No. 3, September 2014, pp. 507-509.

Conference report: Phantomgrenzen in Ostmitteleuropa: Zwischenbilanz eines neuen Forschungskonzeptes. 17.02.2014-19.02.2014, Berlin, in H-Soz-u-Kult, 16 April 2014.