Department of History

Holger Hoock

  • J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History
  • Editor, Journal of British Studies

Fields

Britain and the British Empire, 18th and 19th c.
Cultural History
Cultural history of warfare and violence 
Memory and Commemoration
Histories of Visual Culture, Collecting, and Archaeology

Teaching

Massacres: The Culture of War and Culture Wars in Colonial and Revolutionary America

Polite Society and Culture in Eighteenth-Century England

History Honors Seminar (Research & Writing)

Empires in World History

Graduate Writing Seminar

British Empire

Professor Hoock is happy to hear from prospective graduate students with interests in British and British imperial history, especially in the period c.1700–1850

Education & Training

  • DPhil, University of Oxford, 2001
  • MA, University of Freiburg, 1997

Representative Publications

Empires of the Imagination: Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750-1850 (London: Profile Books, 2010); xxx + 514 pp.

The King’s Artists: The Royal Academy of Arts and the Politics of British Culture, 1760-1840 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003; paperback 2005); xviii + 368 pp.

“Mangled Bodies: Atrocity in the American Revolutionary War,” Past & Present 230:1 (2016), 123–59.

“Rape, ius in bello, and the British Army in the American Revolutionary War,” Journal of Military Ethics, 14:1 (2015), 74–97.

“Struggling Against a Vulgar Prejudice”: Patriotism and The Collecting of British Art at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century, Journal of British Studies, 49:3 (2010), 566–91.

"The British State and the Anglo-French Wars Over Antiquities, 1798-1858,” Historical Journal, 50:1 (2007), 1–24.

Research Interests

Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth (New York: Crown/Penguin Random House, May 2017). A narrative history of the practices and representations of violence in the American Revolution and Revolutionary War.

Editor, Journal of British Studies