Jonathan Gumz


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PhD projects

Modern Central and Eastern Europe
Contemporary Insurgency
The Era of the World Wars
International Law
War and Society in 20th Century America
War and Society in Modern Europe


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Personal profile


I joined the University of Birmingham in autumn of 2012, after teaching in the History Department in West Point.  My first book was on the Habsburg occupation of Serbia during the First World War and I continue to work on issues at the intersection of modern Central and Eastern Europe, international history, and war and society.  I am also interested in broader issues of global order and international law in the contemporary era.  At West Point, I taught on war and society in the modern era, the history of strategy, and modern Central and Eastern European history.  I received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2006.

Research interests

My current research has several areas of focus. First, I am working with John Deak from the University of Notre Dame on a book on the collapse of the Habsburg Empire in the First World War with an emphasis on the Army’s war against internal enemies and the transformation of the Habsburg state. Second, I am writing a book on the rise and fall of the norm of military occupation from the late 19th century through the early 21st century.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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