Professor John Breuilly


Chair in Nationalism and Ethnicity



John Breuilly's first degree was in History and Politics (1968) and his PhD with in History (1978), both from the University of York. He taught at Manchester University from 1972 until 1995 and at Birmingham University from 1995 until 2004. He has held visiting Professorships at Hamburg (1987-8) and Bielefeld (1992-3) Universities and was a Research Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin in the academic year 2001-2.

Research Interests

  • Nationalism and Ethnicity
  • Modern German History
  • Comparative European History with special interests in Labour Movements and the Bourgeoisie
  • Urban Cultural History in 19th Century Europe
  • Modern Liberalism


Modern empires and nation-states
Breuilly, John (2017) Modern empires and nation-states. Thesis Eleven, 139 (1). pp. 11-29. ISSN 0725-5136

Benedict Anderson’s imagined communities: a symposium
Breuilly, John (2016) Benedict Anderson’s imagined communities: a symposium. Nations and Nationalism, 22 (4). pp. 625-659. ISSN 1354-5078

Nations and nation-states in history
Breuilly, John (2015) Nations and nation-states in history. In: Wright, James D., (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 297-303. ISBN 9780080970868

The globalisation of nationalism and the law
Breuilly, John (2015) The globalisation of nationalism and the law. In: Tierney, Stephen, (ed.) Nationalism and Globalisation. Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 19-34. ISBN 9781849466745

Eric Hobsbawm: nationalism and revolution
Breuilly, John (2015) Eric Hobsbawm: nationalism and revolution. Nations and Nationalism, 21 (4). pp. 630-657. ISSN 1354-5078

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