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Robert Evans
Born Robert John Weston Evans
Education Dean Close School
Alma mater Jesus College, Cambridge
Occupation Historian
Known for Works on the post-medieval history of Central and Eastern Europe
Title Regius Professor of Modern History
Term 1997 -
Predecessor John Huxtable Elliott

Professor Robert John Weston Evans, FBA, was educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham and Jesus College, Cambridge. Evans is Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He works on the post-medieval history of Central and Eastern Europe, especially concerning that of the Habsburg lands from 1526-1918.

He has a particular interest in the role of language in historical development. His main current research is on a history of Hungary, from 1740-1945. He also studies the history of Wales and is the President of Cymdeithas Dafydd ap Gwilym, the Oxford University Welsh language society.


  • Rudolf II and his World. A Study in Intellectual History, 1576-1612 (Oxford, 1973)
  • The Making of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1550-1700. An Interpretation (Oxford, 1979)
  • The Coming of the First World War, ed. Robert Evans and Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann (Oxford, 1988)
  • 'Culture and Anarchy in the Empire, 1540-1680', Central European History, 18: 1 (Mar. 1985), pp. 14-30.
  • 'The Habsburgs and the Hungarian Problem, 1790-1848', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th ser., vol. 39 (1989), pp. 41-62.
  • 'Maria Theresa and Hungary', and 'Joseph II and Nationality in the Habsburg Lands', in Enlightened Absolutism: Reform and Reformers in Later Eighteenth-Century Europe, ed. H.M. Scott (Houndmills, 1991), pp. 189-207 and 209-19.
  • Crown, Church and Estates. Central European Politics in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, ed. Robert Evans and T.V. Thomas (London, 1991)
  • 'Essay and Reflection: Frontiers and national identities in Central Europe', The International History Review, 14: 3 (Aug. 1992), pp. 480-502.
  • The language of history and the history of language: an inaugural lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 11 May 1998 (Oxford, 1998) 34pp.
  • 'Language and Society in the Nineteenth Century: Some Central European Comparisons', in Language and Community in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Geraint H. Jenkins (Cardiff, 1999).
  • 'Liberalism, Nationalism, and the Coming of the Revolution', and '1848 in the Habsburg Monarchy', in The Revolutions in Europe, 1848-9: From Reform to Reaction, ed. Robert Evans and H. Pogge von Strandmann (Oxford, 2000), pp. 9-26, 181-206.
  • Wales in European Context. Some Historical Reflections (Aberystwyth, 2001), 31pp.
  • Great Britain and East-Central Europe, 1908-48. A Study in Perceptions (London, 2002), 31pp.
  • '1848 in Mitteleuropa: Ereignis und Erinnerung', in 1848: Ereignis und Erinnerung in den politischen Kulturen Mitteleuropas, ed. Barbara Haider and Hans Peter Hye (Vienna, 2003), pp. 31-55
  • Great Britain and Central Europe, 1867-1914, ed. Robert Evans, Dusan Kovac and Edita Ivanickova (Bratislava, 2003)
  • 'Language and State-building: The Case of the Habsburg Monarchy', Austrian History Yearbook, vol. xxxv (2004), pp. 1-24.
  • 'The Making of October Fifteenth: C.A. Macartney and his Correspondents', in British-Hungarian Relations since 1848, ed. Laszlo Peter and Martyn Rady (London, 2004), pp. 259-70.
  • Curiosity and Wonder from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, ed. Robert Evans and Alexander Marr (Aldershot, 2006)
  • Austria, Hungary and the Habsburgs. Essays on Central Europe, c.1683-1867 (Oxford, 2006)
  • 'Europa in der britischen Historiographie', in Nationale Geschichtskulturen. Bilanz, Ausstrahlung, Europabezogenheit (Mainz/Stuttgart, 2006), pp. 77-93
  • Czechoslovakia in a Nationalist and Fascist Europe 1918-1948. Proceedings of the British Academy no. 140. Edited by Robert Evans and Mark Cornwall (Oxford, 2007)
  • 'The Successor States', in Twisted Paths: Europe 1914-1945, ed. Robert Gerwarth (Oxford, 2007), pp. 210-36.
  • 'The Politics of Language and the Languages of Politics: Latin and the vernaculars in eighteenth-century Hungary', in Cultures of Power in Europe during the Long Eighteenth Century, ed. Hamish Scott and Brendan Simms (Cambridge, 2007), pp. 200-24.
  • 'Communicating Empire: The Habsburgs and their critics, 1700-1919 (The Prothero Lecture)', Proceedings of the Royal Historical Society, 19 (2009), pp. 117-38.


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