Dr. Maximilian Drephal



Dr. phil. Maximilian Drephal

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Professur Geschichte des 19./20 Jahrhunderts


Campus am Neuen Palais
H.11, R. 1.17


Wintersemester 2021/2022
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Dr. Maximilian Drephal is a historian of empire, who specialises in the international history of modern Afghanistan. He has taught at the University of Suffolk, Loughborough University and the University of Sheffield. He holds a PhD in History from Loughborough University and an MA in History and English from the Freie Universität Berlin, having also studied also at the University of Manchester. Dr Maximilian Drephal is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

Maximilian Drephal's research focusses on the coloniality of the modern world. His book Afghanistan and the Coloniality of Diplomacy is a study of the British Legation in Kabul. It captures diplomacy as an imperial technology in South and Central Asia and explores the colonial origins of Anglo-Afghan diplomatic relations between 1919 and 1947.

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  • Afghanistan and the Coloniality of Diplomacy: The British Legation in Kabul, 1922-1948, Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
  • “Afghan Independence and the Violence of Imperial Peace” (2019), History Matters / Medium
  • “Contesting Independence: Colonial Cultures of Sport and Diplomacy in Afghanistan, 1919-1949”, Simon J. Rofe (ed.), Sport and Diplomacy: Games Within Games, Key Studies in Diplomacy, Manchester University Press, 2018
  • “Corps Diplomatique: The Body, British Diplomacy, and Independent Afghanistan, 1922–47”, Modern Asian Studies 51, no. 4 (July 2017): 956–90

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