Oxford Studies in Modern European History represents the diversity of Europe's recent past. Whether through methodological innovation, interpretative approach, or empirical discovery, the volumes will hold the widest possible interest for other historians of modern Europe. The series is alive to the best writing of a transnational and comparative kind, though it will also publish work conceived within the national frameworks that remain the bedrock of historical practice.
Overall, the series aims to influence our view of Europe as a whole, and to compare or break down the distinctions between west and east European historical experience. It will be alive to the impact of war, nationalism, and the imperial experience on ideologies and ideas (and vice-versa), and examine how and why the boundaries of identity have shifted over time. It will also, after several decades of ascendancy for the secularization thesis, participate in a renewed appreciation of the significance of religion in European politics and society.