Dr Falko Schnicke

Email address:  Falko.schnicke@jku.at

Institutional Affiliation:  Johannes Kepler University Linz


Dr Falko Schnicke has been Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria) since 2020. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute London (UK) and at the University of Hamburg (Germany). He works on European and international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with research interests in the history of foreign policy in the Cold War, monarchy in modern societies, postcolonial history/history of decolonisation, gender and body history, history of knowledge and universities, history of climate change and environmental history, and history of biography. He has published widely on these topics. For more information, see https://www.jku.at/institut-fuer-neuere-geschichte-und-zeitgeschichte/ueber-uns/team/team/dr-falko-schnicke/.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Research project: ‘Cold War Monarchy: British Post-1945 State Visits, the Foreign Office and the Politicisation of the Crown’

Edited volume with OUP: ‘Global Royal Families. Concepts, Cultures, and Networks of International Monarchy, 1800-2020’ (with Robert Aldrich und Cindy McCreery)

Book chapter for OUP on visits undertaken by members of the British royal family other than the Queen (1950s-1970s), which shows that the Foreign Office was fully aware of how politically significant royal visits for British foreign policy were and also highlights the sometimes considerable room for manoeuvre of the Palace.

Book chapter for OUP on the context and tension between state and monarchical representation during Elizabeth II’s visit to India in 1961, where she was not only received by state authorities but – as part of the official programme – also entertained by various Indian princes.

Journal article on mentions of the British royal family in diplomatic speeches written by the Foreign Office (1930s-1970s), showing that the British government deliberately and systematically instrumentalised the monarchy as a diplomatic tool in its dealings with other monarchies and republics alike

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

“Adapting to the Post-Colonial World: The Commonwealth and British Cold War Royal Diplomacy in the 1961 State Visits to India and Pakistan”. Belonging across Borders: Transnational Practices in the Nineteenth and Twenteenth Century [Studies of the German Historical Institute London]. Ed. Levke Harders and Falko Schnicke (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022).

“’Output Matters More than Process?’ Writing the History of Twentieth-Century British Foreign Policy”. English Historical Review 135 (2020): 417-434.


Dr Cindy McCreery
Department of History, A18 Brennan MacCallum Building, University of Sydney