My work explores nationalism, national identity and political violence from the 18th century to the present day, with a focus on Germany and the UK. I am fascinated by the ways that nations remember and respond to their violent pasts, and how historical conflicts continue to shape our sense of self.
In this context I am interested in the history of the Second World War and Holocaust, eighteenth-century conflicts such as the Seven Years' War and Napoleonic Period, and the legacy of colonialism.
My current project, funded by the British Academy and Wolfson Foundation, explores anti-fascist texts made for British audiences by Austrian and German refugees from National Socialism. The project is entitled 'Knowing the Nazis, Inside and Out: Anti-Fascist Publishing in Austria, Germany and Britain, 1927-40.' This project combines approaches from memory studies, political history, and literary studies, and I blog about it here: https://ellenpilsworth.org/stating-the-obvious/.