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Dr Mark Allinson

Dr Mark Allinson

Dr Mark Allinson
B.A.(Salf.), Ph.D.(Lond.)

Senior Lecturer

Office 1.74, 21 Woodland Road
21 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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+44 (0) 117 928 7950


Dr Allinson's principal research interests are centred on the social and political history of the GDR, the modern constitutional history of the German-speaking world, and the interwar period in Austria.

He is currently working on a project investigating the workings of the GDR in a 'normal' year in the 1970s, and is researching articles on various aspects of the GDR's development, including Christmas and radio soap opera.

Dr Allinson has supervised doctoral theses on the development of patriotism in young East Germans before and since the unification of Germany in 1990; and on the handling of environmental politics in East Germany by the government and the opposition. He has also supervised MPhil dissertations on the nature of the Freedom Party of Austria, and on minority groups in the early GDR. He welcomes enquiries from potential postgraduate students with interests in the GDR and modern German or Austrian politics.


In 2016-17 Dr Allinson's teaching programme includes the following undergraduate units:

Dr Allinson also regularly teaches units in the German Department on the history of the German left since 1848, and on German and Austrian constitutional history. He supervises Independent Study units in these and other aspects of modern German and European political history.


Dr Allinson joined the Bristol German Department in 1994, having completed a PhD on the establishment of communist rule in Thuringia after 1945, under the supervision of Professor Mary Fulbrook. He previously studied German and French at the University of Salford. Dr Allinson is currently Undergraduate Dean of Arts and Faculty Undergraduate Education Director. He was previously Head of the German Department (2003-6) and Head of the School of Modern Languages (2006-10).


Dr Allinson teaches a range of units in the German Department and the School of Modern Languages, focusing on the political history of Germany and on wider issues of European political development.

In 2016/17 he is teaching MODL 30001 Communism in Europe (with Dr Rajendra Chitnis); MODL 20008 Political Systems of Modern Europe; and GERM 22037 Divided Germany (with Christophe Fricker).

He is happy to supervise Independent Studies projects in the broad field of modern German and comparative European history, particularly with reference to the history of the German Democratic Republic. He has also supervised Masters and doctoral theses in these fields, and is currently co-supervising two PhD students - one on the behaviour of visitors to sites commemorating difficult histories, the other in translation studies with a focus on a GDR children's text.

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