Dr Matthew Frank

Associate Professor in International History

+44 (0)113 34 34470

Summary: 20th Century European History, esp. Central and Eastern Europe; Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War; Politics of forced migration: ethnic cleansing and population transfers;

Biography 

I was brought up in London where I also studied for my undergraduate degree in history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (now part of UCL). After graduating, I taught English in Moscow and then at a secondary school in Dresden, Germany. I gained both my master’s (2000) and doctorate (2005) in Modern History from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. I was appointed to a lectureship in International History at Leeds in 2008. I am currently one of the co-editors of the journal Contemporary European History

Research Interests

20th Century European History, esp. Central and Eastern Europe

Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War

Politics of forced migration: ethnic cleansing and population transfers

Refugees and humanitarian aid

Postgraduate Supervision

I would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students who wish to work on topics that broadly coincide with my research interests, especially on refugees and displacement in twentieth-century Europe.

Teaching

HIST1817         Skills and Concepts in International History

HIST2800         Documents and Debates in International History

HIST2900         IHP Long Essay           

HIST3785         Europe on the Move: Refugees and Resettlement 1920-60

HIST3887         Changing Enemies: Germany, 1945-55

HIST5035M     Approaches to Contemporary European History

Publications

Making minorities history, by Matthew Frank

Making Minorities History: Population Transfer in Twentieth-Century Europe (Oxford University Press, 2017)   427 pages    ISBN 978-0-19-963944-1

Drawing on numerous archival collections from almost fifty different depositories in over a dozen countries, Making Minorities History is a work of international history in its broadest sense. It offers not only a comprehensive and wide-ranging historical narrative of international schemes for the forced resettlement of national minorities in twentieth-century Europe from multiple perspectives but also an in-depth examination of the thinking and concept that informed approaches to solving the so-called ‘minorities problem’ during Europe’s mid-century crisis.

Refugees in Europe, by Matthew Frank

Refugees in Europe, 1919-1959: A Forty Years’ Crisis? (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) 272 pages ISBN 978-1-47-258563-9

Refugees in Europe, 1919-1959 offers a new history of Europe's mid-20th century as seen through its recurrent refugee crises. By bringing together in one volume recent research on a range of different contexts of groups of refugees and refugee policy, it sheds light on the common assumptions that underpinned the history of refugees throughout the period under review.

‘The Myth of “Vacant Places”: Refugees and Group Resettlement’, in Matthew Frank and Jessica Reinisch (eds), Refugees in Europe, 1919-1959: A Forty Years’ Crisis? (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), 121-45

(with Jessica Reinisch) ‘The Story Stays the Same? Refugees in Europe from the Forty Years’ Crisis to Today’, in Matthew Frank and Jessica Reinisch (eds), Refugees in Europe, 1919-1959: A Forty Years’ Crisis? (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), 1-19

Co-editor (with Jessica Reinisch), special issue of Journal of Contemporary History, 49:3 (2014) on ‘Refugees and the Nation-State in Europe, 1919-1959’

‘Fantasies of Ethnic Unmixing: Population Transfer and the Collapse of Empire in Europe’, in Panikos Panayi and Pippa Virdee (eds), Refugees and the End of Empire: Imperial Collapse and Forced Migration during the Twentieth Century (Palgrave, 2011), 81-101

‘Reconstructing the Nation-State: Population Transfer in Central and Eastern Europe, 1944-48’, in Jessica Reinisch and Elizabeth White (eds), The Disentanglement of Populations: Migration, Expulsion and Displacement in Postwar Europe, 1944-1949 (Palgrave, 2011), 27-47

‘Working for the Germans: British Voluntary Societies and the German Refugee Crisis, 1945-50’, Historical Research, 72:215 (2009), 157-75

Expelling the Germans: British Opinion and Post-1945 Population Transfer in Context (Oxford University Press, 2008)                320 pages            ISBN 978-0-19-923364-9

‘The New Morality: Victor Gollancz, “Save Europe Now” and the German Refugee Crisis, 1945-46’, Twentieth Century British History, 17:2 (2006), 230-56