I am a historian of modern Europe with a particular interest in German, French and British history between 1850 and 1950. I received my PhD from Northumbria University in 2015, where I worked on a comparative study of emergency laws in Britain and Germany during the First World War. Between 2014 and 2016, I was a Lecturer in Modern History at Durham University before joining the University of Sunderland in September 2016. Since February 2019, I am a Senior Lecturer in Modern History at LJMU.
I have published on a wide range of topics relating to British and German history, including the history of trade unionism in Britain, the origins of civil liberties activism, media and history, and memory cultures of the First World War. I am currently preparing the publication of my first monograph, entitled The Politics of Endurance: Emergency Government and the Home Fronts in Britain and Germany during the First World War. My new research project engages with the emergence of transnational civil liberties and human rights movements in the interwar period. I addition to these projects, I contributed to a number of local projects that engaged with the impact of the First World War.
I have a strong interest in the question how the relationship between state and citizens was shaped by conflict and war in the 19th and 20th centuries. This covers the emergence of the modern state in Europe but also the rise of activist movements in response to these developments. I would be happy to supervise research students who want to work on the political, social and cultural impact of the world wars on European societies. I would also be happy to supervise research projects engaging with the history of social and political movements, particularly within the field of civil liberties and human rights.
I also welcome proposals by students wanting to work on any aspect of modern German history after 1800.
2015, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, United Kingdom, PhD
2011, Free University of Berlin, Germany, Magister Artium (MA)
Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, School of Humanities and Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
Lecturer in Modern European History, School of Culture, University of Sunderland, 2016 - 2019
Lecturer in Modern European History, Department of History, Durham University, 2014 - 2016
Keil A. 2020. Review of W. Schmale et al. (eds): Human Rights Leagues in Europe (1898-2016) Connections: A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, Publisher Url
Keil A. 2019. Founding Weimar: Violence and the German Revolution of 1918–1919. By Jones, Mark. Cambridge University Press. 2016. xxiv + 380pp. £65.00. History: the journal of the Historical Association, DOI
Keil A. 2018. Searching for Lord Haw-Haw: The Political Lives of William Joyce' by Colin Holmes Immigrants and Minorities, 36 :287-289 DOI
Keil A. 2014. Prisoners of Britain. German Civilian and Combatant Internees During the First World War Immigrants and Minorities, 32 :345-349 DOI
Keil A. 2017. Zwischen Klassenkampf und Systemimmanenz: Die britische Gewerkschaftsbewegung und der Staat Ruck M. Gewerkschaftliche Staatsverständnisse vom Industrialismus bis zum Informationszeitalter. Staatsverständnisse 106 :215-244 Nomos Verlag. Baden-Baden 978-3-8487-3055-1 DOI Publisher Url
Keil A. 2016. Der Erste Weltkrieg in der britischen Erinnerungskultur. Mediendiskurse, Museen und Literatur zum Centenary Fenn M, Kuller C. Auf dem Weg zur transnationalen Erinnerungskultur? Konvergenzen, Interferenzen und Differenzen an den Ersten Weltkrieg in Jubiläumsjahr 2014 :97-118 Wochenschau Verlag. Schwalbach im Taunus 978-3-7344-0401-6 Publisher Url
Keil A. 2016. The Preussenrenaissance Revisited: German-German Entanglements, the Media and the Politics of History in the late German Democratic Republic GERMAN HISTORY, 34 :258-278 DOI Author Url Public Url
Keil A. 2014. Zwischen Kooperation und Opposition: Die britische Arbeiterbewegung und das" War Emergency Workers' National Committee" während des Ersten Weltkriegs Jahrbuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung, 13 :7-26 Publisher Url
Engagement & Impact
Other invited event:
Research Paper: Human Rights Leagues and Transnational Activism in Interwar Europe, University of East Anglia, Invited Research Paper at the School of History, University of East Anglia. 2019
'Enemy Aliens' in International Law before and during the First World War, Security and Humanity in the First World War. The Treatment of Civilian ‘Enemy Aliens’, German Historical Institute London, Oral presentation. 2019
The Ordeal of Victory: 1918 and the Crisis of Demobilisation in Britain, 1918: Propaganda, Victory and Revolution, University of Sunderland, Oral presentation. 2018
The Captives of the Kaiser: Political Prisoners and Protective Custody in Germany during the First World War, Captivity and Internment in the First World War, University of Tel Aviv, Israel, Oral presentation. 2017
Transnational Civil Liberties Activism in Interwar Europe, Departmental Research Seminar, Northumbria University, Oral presentation. 2016
The Struggle for Civil Liberties in First World War Britain, Departmental Research Seminar, Durham University, Oral presentation. 2016
Germany for the Germans? German Communists and Nationalist Responses to the Ruhr Occupation 1923, Nationalism and Internationalism in Labour History, Newcastle University, Oral presentation. 2015
In Defence of British Freedom? The National Council for Civil Liberties and the British State during the First World War, New Perspectives on the First World War, Durham University, Oral presentation. 2015
States of Exception: Emergency Government and the “Enemies Within” in Britain and Germany during the First World War, Perspectives on the Great War, Queen Mary, University of London, Oral presentation. 2014
Guardians of the Home Front: British and German Police as Agents of Emergency Government during the First World War, Annual Conference of the Social History Society, Northumbria University, Newcastle, Oral presentation. 2014
States of Exception: Emergency Government in Britain and Germany during the First World War, 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg. Neue Perspektiven und Forschungsansätze, Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr, Potsdam (Germany), Oral presentation. 2013
Between New Germany and Red Prussia: The Politics of History and the Manufacturing of a Socialist National Identity in East Germany, 1945–1989, Citizenship, Identity and Patriotism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Teesside University, Oral presentation. 2013
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03t88vz, Contribution to the BBC Radio 4 Programme 'The Great War of Words' on politics and propaganda during the First World War..
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy.