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Emre Sencer


Emre Sencer

Chair & Professor of History

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Galesburg, IL 61401



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Chair & Professor of History

Emre Sencer

General Interests

"As a specialist in modern European history, I'm fascinated with the connection between politics and culture, especially under authoritarian regimes. My work focuses on the transnational impact of the transformation of military culture in the interwar era and compares these developments in Germany and Turkey in the ‘30s. In my teaching, I try to alert the students to the importance of comparative analysis in history without losing touch with specific regional historical experiences."

Years at Knox: 2008 to present


Ph.D., History, 2008, Ohio State University.
M.A., History, 2000, Ohio State University.
B.A., English, 1996, The City College of New York.

Teaching Interests
19th and 20th-century German history, modern European history, modern Middle East, Ottoman Empire/modern Turkey, comparative history, intellectual history, world history, military history.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Order and Insecurity in Germany and Turkey: Military Cultures of the 1930s. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Russia's Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922. Member of the international editorial team responsible for the volumes on Central Powers in this project. (forthcoming, Slavica, 2016-2017)

"Not So Quiet on the Eastern Front: A Seminar Report from the Trenches of the 37th Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association," co-authored with Heather R. Perry and John W. Steinberg, German Studies Review (May 2014)

"Fear and Loathing in Berlin: German Military Culture at the Turn of the 1930s," German Studies Review (February 2014)

Review of The Ottoman Road to War in 1914: The Ottoman Empire and the First World War, 2009.

"Balkan Nationalisms in the Ottoman Parliament, 1908-09." East European Quarterly 38.4 (2004).

"Self-image, Legality, and History in AKP Turkey," International Congress of European Law, National University-Odessa Law Academy, Ukraine, April 20 - 21, 2017.

"The Policy and Fantasy of Creating Germanness Abroad," German Studies Association Conference, San Diego, CA. September 29 - October 2, 2016.

"Ottoman Empire in World War I and Early Republican Turkey," Eureka College, Eureka, IL. February 2016.

"Russia's Great War and Revolution, 1914-22: Central Powers' Perspective," American Historical Association Meeting, Atlanta, GA. January 7 - 10, 2016.

"Not So Quiet on the Eastern Front: New Directions in WW I Studies," Seminar Convener, German Studies Association Conference, Denver, 2013

"Past, Image, and Ideology: Rereading History in the AKP Discourse," Taking Stock: Ten Years of AKP Rule in Turkey, Conference at the NYU Dept. of Politics, 2012

"The Past in the German Military Culture of the 1930s," German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, 2012

"The Past in the Turkish Military Culture of the 1930s," Society for Military History Annual Meeting, Arlington, 2012

"Enemy in the East: German Military Vision of Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Soviet Union in the late 1930s," German Studies Association Conference, Oakland, 2010.

"Wilhelm and Abdülhamid, Weimar and Atatürk: German-Turkish Relations from Empire to Nation-State." Moderator, German Studies Association Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2009.

"Fear and Loathing in Berlin and Ankara: Military Culture in Germany and Turkey in the 1930s." Invited Talk, International Studies Seminar Studies, Illinois State University, September 2009.

"Comparative Civil-Military Relations in Germany and Turkey in the 1930s." German Studies Association Conference, San Diego, California, October 4-7, 2007.

Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in German Studies. Center for German and European Studies (University of Minnesota) and Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung (Potsdam), Berlin, July-August 2006.

12th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History. German Historical Institute (Washington) and Center for German and European Studies (Georgetown University), Freiburg, April 2006.

Campus & Community Involvement

  • Student Life Committee, 2012-2015
  • Diversity Committee, 2009-2012.
  • Faculty Adviser, History Club, 2008-present.
  • Off-Campus Study Selection Committee, 2010.
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