Professor of History and International Studies
Mark Gilbert is a professor of 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).
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.
Just published: “Moyn’s Christian Human Rights: A Comment,” European Law Journal 24 (2018), no. 4─5: 349─53.
Just published: “The Road from Anywhere,” European Review of International Studies 5 (2018), no. 1: 73─79.
Work in Progress: In addition to preparing the 3rd edition of my European Integration: A Concise History, I am co-editing The German Yearbook of Contemporary History, with Eva Oberloskamp and Thomas Raithal, Munich: Institut für Zeitgeschichte, forthcoming 2019.
A substantial research article on “Progressive Diplomacy: The Historical Significance of Henry A. Wallace’s Visit to Britain in the Spring of 1947,” is almost finished.
Political Commentary and Journalism
- “Italy’s Populists Aren’t the Only ones to Blame in Its Battle with the EU,” World Politics Review, published 21 November 2018, https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/26816/italy-s-populists-aren-t-the-only-ones-to-blame-in-its-budget-battle-with-the-eu
- “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.
- https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/24819/now-that-italy-has-dodged-the-risk-of-new-elections-what-s-next." World Politics Review, 5 June, 2018.
- "The Many Unknowns Heading Into Italy’s Perilous Elections," World Politics Review, 28 February 2018.
- "Italy: Europe's Problem Child for 2018?" CNN's Global Briefing, 21 December 2017.
- "What to Make of the New Leader of Italy’s Populist Five Star Movement," World Politics Review, 16 October 2017.
- "The Comeback Kid: What Renzi’s Return Means for Italy’s Stormy Politics," World Politics Review, 8 May 2017.
- "Italy’s EU Retreat," Foreign Affairs, 14 December 2016.
- "Italy Enjoys a Political Lull, but Storm Clouds are Gathering," World Politics Review, 14 July 2016.
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