Mark Gilbert

Professor of History and International Studies

In brief

Mark Gilbert teaches history and international studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. His areas of expertise include the contemporary political history of Italy and Great Britain and the history of European integration. Previously, Gilbert held positions at the University of Trento, University of Bath, and Dickinson College. Gilbert was educated (BA hons Politics, 1983) at Durham University and was awarded a PhD in contemporary history by the University of Wales (1990). He was chairman of the international jury for the 2018 Cundill Prize.

Current Positions

Featured Books

The World since 1945: An International History (2016) offers a masterly synthesis of the history of the contemporary world and is the ideal introduction to the events of the period between the end of the Second World War and the present day.

Cold War Europe: The Politics of a Contested Continent (2014) is a compelling history of Europe’s Cold War as it follows the arc of the conflict that shaped the continent and defined world politics in the second half of the twentieth century

European Integration: A Concise History (2011) remains the standard for concise histories of the EU. It offers a clear and balanced narrative of European integration since its inception to the present, set in the wider history of the post-war period.

Current Scholarship

Just published: “The Intellectual origins of Brexit: Enoch Powell, Douglas Jay and the British Dissenting Tradition,” in Euroscepticisms: The Historical Roots of a Political Challenge, ed. Mark Gilbert & Daniele Pasquinucci, (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2020): 121—39.

Just Published: “The Brexit Car-crash: Using E.H. Carr to Explain Britain’s Choice to Leave the European Union in 2016,” Journal of European Public Policy 27 (2020) no.5: 761—778. With J.O. Frosini.

The German Yearbook of Contemporary History, with Eva Oberloskamp and Thomas Raithal, (Munich: Institut für Zeitgeschichte, 2019).

Forthcoming: European Integration: A Political History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).

Political Commentary and Journalism

“As Doubts Persist about Italy’s New Government, Salvini Plots his Comeback,” World Politics Review 9 September 2019. Podcast interview posted on 5 September.

“Italy’s Populist Government is a Marriage of Convenience. How Long can it Last? World Politics Review, 12 July 2019.

“Italy’s Populists Aren’t the Only ones to Blame in Its Battle with the EU,” World Politics Review, published 21 November 2018,

“History Writing is Enjoying a Boom. Here’s Why That Matters.” Toronto Globe and Mail, 10 November 2018.

"Unravel the Past," Monocle Summer Weekly, 16-22 August, 2018.


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