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Dr. Roberto Mazza

Biography

Dr Roberto Mazza earned his PhD from SOAS University of London in 2007, where he is currently a Research Associate. He has published two books with IB Tauris, in 2009 'Jerusalem from the Ottomans to the British' and in 2011 'Jerusalem in World War I: the Palestine Diary of a European Consul'. Dr Mazza has also published several articles on the Jerusalem Quarterly and recently has edited a special issue dedicate to diplomacy in the Holy Land. He also published an article on First World Studies 'For God and La Patrie: Antonin Jaussen, Dominican Priest and French intellegence agent in the Middle East, 1914-1920' and published two articles for the International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Dr Mazza has worked also on urban violence and a chapter in relation to the Nebi Musa Riots that occured in Jerusalem 1920 has been published in Urban Violence in the Middle East: Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State. Dr Mazza has recently published a chapter on the evacuation of the Jews of Jaffa in 1917. Currently Dr Mazza is working on a new large project on the urban planning of Jerusalem from 1917 to 1926 and another work based on recently released documents discussing the history of the Italian Consulate in Jerusalem.

Research interests: First World War in the Middle East and North Africa, late Ottoman Palestine, urban history, diplomatic and religious institutions in the Middle East

Research Interests

I am interested in the urban history of Palestine with a particular focus on Jerusalem at the beginning of the 20th Century. I am also interested at large in the First World War in the Middle East. I have worked on the Christian communities in Palestine during the First World War and I intend to carry out more work on this topic. I have been involved externally in the OPEN Jerusalem project funded by the ERC that is currently mapping all archives in Jerusalem and all archival material about the city around the world.

Teaching Interests

I taught a survey course on the history of the Middle East from the 7th century to the contemporary era. I also offered this module as an online course. I have taught several intermediate courses including a module discussing the making of the modern Middle East in the 19th and 20th century. At the same level I taught a course on the Arab-Israeli conflict. This course is offered at UL as an elective. I have taught an advanced course on the history of the First World War in the Middle East which will be offered at UL as an elective for 4th year and MA students.
I offered a variety of MA seminars, including a module on the urban history of the Middle East, one module on the history of the Ottoman Empire and one on the Arab-Israeli conflict that included a large variety of primary sources.

Professional Activities

Employment

  • 2009 Western Illinois University - Assistant Professor
  • 2004 SOAS University of London - Teaching Fellow

Education

  • 2007 SOAS University of London - PhD
  • 2003 SOAS University of London - MA
  • 2002 University of Bologna - MSc
  • 2001 University of Bologna - BA in History and Politics

Association

  • 2004 Member, MESA Middle East Studies Association
  • 2003 Member, BRISMES
  • Member, AHA
  • Member - former manager, First World War in the Middle East and North Africa Network
  • Member, CBRL Council for British Research in the Levant

Language

  • English
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • French

Committee

  • Internationalisation, Member of the Internationalisation Committee, AHSS Faculty

Other

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Jerusalem Quarterly, peer reviewed journal published by the Institute of Palestine Studies.

Publications

Books

2011

Jerusalem in World War I: the Palestine Diary of a European Diplomat
Roberto Mazza
(2011) Jerusalem in World War I: the Palestine Diary of a European Diplomat
Roberto Mazza, Eduardo Manzano Moreno(Ed.) London : IB Tauris

2009

Jerusalem: From the Ottomans to the British
Roberto Mazza
(2009) Jerusalem: From the Ottomans to the British
London : IB Tauris

Book Chapters

2019

Between Rome and Jerusalem: Catholics negotiating empires and war in Palestine, 1850-1930
Roberto Mazza
(2019) Between Rome and Jerusalem: Catholics negotiating empires and war in Palestine, 1850-1930
In The Great War in the Middle East; James Kitchen and Robert Johnson(Ed.) London : Routledge pp. 321-338
[ULIR]

2018

'The Preservation and Safeguarding of the Amenities of the Holy City without Favour or Prejudice to Race or Creed': The Pro-Jerusalem Society and Ronald Storrs, 1917–1926
Roberto Mazz
(2018) 'The Preservation and Safeguarding of the Amenities of the Holy City without Favour or Prejudice to Race or Creed': The Pro-Jerusalem Society and Ronald Storrs, 1917–1926
In Open Jerusalem: 1840-1940. Opening New Archives, Revisiting a Global City; Angelos Dalachanis, Vincent Lemire(Ed.) Leiden : Brill pp. 403-422
DOI: 10.1163/9789004375741_026
[ULIR]

2016

"We will treat you like the Armenians": Djemal Pasha, Zionism and the evacuation of Jaffa, April 2017
Roberto Mazza
(2016) "We will treat you like the Armenians": Djemal Pasha, Zionism and the evacuation of Jaffa, April 2017
In Syria in World War I. Politcs, economy, and society.; New York : Routledge pp. 87-106

2015

Transforming the Holy City: From Communal Clashes to Urban Violence, the Nebi Musa Riots in 1920
Roberto Mazza
(2015) Transforming the Holy City: From Communal Clashes to Urban Violence, the Nebi Musa Riots in 1920
In URBAN VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State; Oxford : Berghahn pp. 179-196
[ULIR]

2014

Dining Out in the Holy City: the Spanish Consul in Jerusalem 1914-1920
Roberto Mazza
(2014) Dining Out in the Holy City: the Spanish Consul in Jerusalem 1914-1920
In Palestine and World War I: Grand Strategy, Military Tactics and Culture in War; London : IB Tauris

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

De-festishizing Law and Order
Roberto Mazza
(2018) De-festishizing Law and Order
pp. 3-9

Other Journals

2017

Editorial
Roberto Mazza
(2017) Editorial
In Jerusalem Quarterly; Institute of Palestine Studies(Ed.) Ramallah - Palestine :
[ULIR]

2013

Missing Voices in Late Ottoman and Early British Jerusalem
Roberto Mazza
(2013) Missing Voices in Late Ottoman and Early British Jerusalem
In Jerusalem Quarterly; pp. 61-71
[ULIR]

2010

Antonio de La Cierva y Lewita: the Spanish Consul in Jerusalem 1914-1919
Roberto Mazza
(2010) Antonio de La Cierva y Lewita: the Spanish Consul in Jerusalem 1914-1919
In Jerusalem Quarterly; pp. 36-44
[ULIR]

2010

Dining Out in Times of War: Jerusalem 1914-1918
Roberto Mazza
(2010) Dining Out in Times of War: Jerusalem 1914-1918
In Jerusalem Quarterly; pp. 52-58
[ULIR]

2008

Le Chiese Cristiane di Gerusalemme nella Guerra Mondiale 1914-1920
Roberto Mazza
(2008) Le Chiese Cristiane di Gerusalemme nella Guerra Mondiale 1914-1920
In Contemporanea; pp. 613-638

Conference Contributions

2017

100 Years After…The British Legacy in Palestine: Balfour and Beyond
Roberto Mazza
(2017) 100 Years After…The British Legacy in Palestine: Balfour and Beyond
Jerusalem

2016

Revealing Ordinary Jerusalem (1840-1940): New archives and perspectives on urban citizenship and global entanglements'
Roberto Mazza
(2016) Revealing Ordinary Jerusalem (1840-1940): New archives and perspectives on urban citizenship and global entanglements'
Crete

2016

Shared Sacred Places and Multi-Religious Space
Roberto Mazza
(2016) Shared Sacred Places and Multi-Religious Space
Meinz, Germany

2016

Religious communities in the Holy Land
Roberto Mazza
(2016) Religious communities in the Holy Land
Oxford Pembroke College

2016

The Great War in the Middle East
Roberto Mazza
(2016) The Great War in the Middle East
Sandhurst and Oxford (UK)

2016

The Past in the Present of the Middle East
Roberto Mazza
(2016) The Past in the Present of the Middle East
London

2015

The Peripheries of World War I, New Methodological and Spatial Perspectives
Roberto Mazza
(2015) The Peripheries of World War I, New Methodological and Spatial Perspectives
Abu Dhabi

Encyclopedia Entrys

2019

Centenary (Israel/Palestine)
Roberto Mazza
(2019) Centenary (Israel/Palestine)
Berlin :
DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.11312

2017

Occupation during and after the War (Middle East)
Roberto Mazza
(2017) Occupation during and after the War (Middle East)
In International Encyclopaedia of the First World War at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany); Berlin :

Book Reviews

2018

The Last Palestinian. The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas
Mazza, R
(2018) The Last Palestinian. The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas
In Journal Of Contemporary History; LONDON : SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD pp. 906-907
DOI: 10.1177/0022009418786695k

2017

Other Fronts, Other Wars? First World War Studies on the Eve of the Centennial
Mazza, R
(2017) Other Fronts, Other Wars? First World War Studies on the Eve of the Centennial
In War In History; pp. 395-396
DOI: 10.1177/0968344517707285d

2017

Muslim-Christian relations in late Ottoman Palestine. Where nationalism and religion intersect
Mazza, R
(2017) Muslim-Christian relations in late Ottoman Palestine. Where nationalism and religion intersect
In Middle Eastern Studies; pp. 324-325
DOI: 10.1080/00263206.2016.1214582

2017

From Ambivalence to Hostility: The Arabic Newspaper Filastin and Zionism 1911-1914
Mazza, R
(2017) From Ambivalence to Hostility: The Arabic Newspaper Filastin and Zionism 1911-1914
In Journal Of Holy Land And Palestine Studies; pp. 254-255
DOI: 10.3366/hlps.2017.0171

2017

The Holy See and the Emergence of the Modern Middle East: Benedict XV's Diplomacy in Greater Syria (1914-1922).
Mazza, R
(2017) The Holy See and the Emergence of the Modern Middle East: Benedict XV's Diplomacy in Greater Syria (1914-1922).
In Catholic Historical Review; pp. 146-147

Electronic Publications

2016

À Jérusalem en guerre, un « consul universel »
Roberto Mazza
(2016) À Jérusalem en guerre, un « consul universel »
In Orient XXI; Paris :