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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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Dr Len Scales

(email at l.e.scales@durham.ac.uk)

Len Scales studies the political culture of late medieval Europe, particularly the German-speaking lands. His current work is concerned with ideas about ‘German’ identity between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. His recent publications in this area have concentrated upon collective stereotypes (the ‘warrior’ Germans), the relationship between peoplehood and power, and the question of medieval German ‘exceptionalism’. He is also exploring the history of medieval ideas about ethnicity and common identity more broadly, across the whole of the c.500-c.1500 period. His current and forthcoming publications in this field examine medieval ideas about the destruction of peoples. For the future, he plans a comparative investigation of political communication and ‘propaganda’ in the late Middle Ages, concentrating on the development of popular and visual media. He would welcome the opportunity to supervise postgraduate research on late medieval German history, late medieval political culture, and medieval peoplehood and inter-ethnic and inter-cultural relations.

Areas of Postgraduate Supervision

  • late-medieval Germany
  • late-medieval European political culture
  • pre-modern European ethnicity and nationhood

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2015: Studies in German History (German History Society / Oxford University Press): Series editor (with Professor Neil Gregor, University of Southampton)
  • 2014: German History Society: Committee member

Research Interests

  • Politics, society and political ideas in later medieval Germany

Teaching Groups

  • Medieval

Teaching Areas

  • Late medieval cultural history
  • Peoplehood and inter-cultural relations in the Middle Ages
  • The late medieval history of Germany and western Europe

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

Journal Article

Related Links

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Europe: History & Archaeology: The history of ethnicity and nationhood in the Middle Ages
  • Medieval history: The history of ethnicity and nationhood in the Middle Ages
  • Politicial, cultural, social history: The history of ethnicity and nationhood in the Middle Ages
  • Europe: History & Archaeology: The political and cultural history of medieval Germany and Central Europe
  • Medieval history: The political and cultural history of medieval Germany and Central Europe
  • Politicial, cultural, social history: The political and cultural history of medieval Germany and Central Europe

Supervises