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Personal profile


Volker joined Aston as a Lecturer in Modern History in 2018. Before this, he was Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Melbourne (2015–17) and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Tübingen (2013–15). He obtained his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 2013.

Research Interests

Volker’s main fields of interest include the history of nationalism and borders in Europe, ethnic violence, and humanitarian politics in the twentieth century. His first monograph, 'The Politics of Self-determination: Remaking Territories and National Identities in Europe, 1917-1923', was published with Oxford University Press in 2016.

Currently, Volker is working on a project on Foreign Intervention in the Cold War, which focuses on two case studies: the Congo Crisis in the early 1960s and the Indo-Pakistani conflict in 1947-48 and again in 1971. The project seeks to explore the conflicted rise of transnational politics before the ‘boom’ of foreign interventions since the 1990s.

Teaching Activity

  • LQ1003 Contemporary Britain: from the Boer War to Brexit


  • PhD in History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence (2013)
  • MA in Modern History, Sociology, and German literature, Humboldt-University and Free University, Berlin (2009)

Contact Details

Room: NW 922h
Phone: 0121 204 4808

Office hours: Tue 11am–1pm, Wed 11am–1pm (and by appointment. Please use WASS or email to book appointments)

Research Output 2013 2019

The Diplomacy of Decolonisation: America, Britain and the United Nations During the Congo Crisis 1960–64

Prott, V., 10 Apr 2019, 1, 1, p. 139-141

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Die fragmentierte Front: Elsässische und lothringische Soldaten im Ersten Weltkrieg

Prott, V., 2018, Minderheiten-Soldaten: Ethnizität und Identität in den Armeen des Ersten Weltkriegs. Überegger, O. (ed.). Paderborn: Schöningh, p. 85-101 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Review of Heinrich A. Winkler, The Age of Catastrophe: A History of the West, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2015

Prott, V., 1 Sep 2017, 35, 3, p. 101-104 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Book review of David Runciman, The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present

Prott, V., 4 Jun 2015, 22, 3, p. 517-519 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Activities 2014 2020

  • 13 Oral presentation
  • 4 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in conference

Keynote Lecture: Plebiscites and the Difficult Transition to Peace, 1917-23

Volker Prott (Speaker)
18 Jun 202019 Jun 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

‘In these democratic days, the will of the people should prevail’: The Failure of Self-determination in Kashmir, 1947–1950

Volker Prott (Speaker)
21 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

‘We Must Tread Warily’: East Pakistan, India, and the Pitfalls of Foreign Intervention, 1971

Volker Prott (Speaker)
7 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Fallacy of Order: Democratising International Politics at the Paris Peace Conference

Volker Prott (Speaker)
6 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

When Self-Determination Turned Violent: The Paris Peace Conference and the Greek-Turkish War, 1919–1922

Volker Prott (Speaker)
24 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation