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School of History

Charlotte Johann


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow



I am a historian of modern Europe working at the intersection of intellectual, legal and political history. My research explores how competing visions of law impacted the theory and practice of politics in the long nineteenth century.

My forthcoming first book, The Quest for Law: Savigny, Germany, and the International Legal Order, traces the creation of a common legal order and its legacy in international law during Germany’s ‘stateless’ period, between the fall of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806 and the founding of the Kaiserreich in 1871.

My Leverhulme project The Politics of Corporate Rights in Britain and Germany, 1870-1920 investigates constructions of corporate personhood, and how they contributed to the practice of democracy in Britain and Germany.

Before joining Queen Mary I completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge and was a Research Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge.



‘Sovereignty and the Legal Legacies of Empire in Early Nineteenth-Century Prussia’, The Historical Journal, 64/4 (2021), pp. 963–987, available open access at

‘Rechtsdruck in Preußen’, Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte (02/2023), pp. 36-40.

‘Law’s Histories in Post-Napoleonic Germany’, in John Robertson (ed.): Time, History and Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2023).

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