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Professor Robert John Weston Evans, FBA, was educated at Dean Close Schoolmarker, Cheltenhammarker and Jesus College, Cambridgemarker. Evans is Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxfordmarker. He works on the post-medieval history of Central and Eastern Europe, especially concerning that of the Habsburg lands from 1526-1918.

He has a particular interest in the role of language in historical development. His main current research is on a history of Hungary, from 1740-1945. He also studies the history of Walesmarker and is the President of Cymdeithas Dafydd ap Gwilym, the Oxford University Welsh language society.


  • Rudolf II and his World. A Study in Intellectual History, 1576-1612 (Oxford, 1973)
  • The Making of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1550-1700. An Interpretation (Oxford, 1979)
  • The Coming of the First World War, ed. Robert Evans and Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann (Oxford, 1988)
  • 'Culture and Anarchy in the Empire, 1540-1680', Central European History, 18: 1 (Mar. 1985), pp. 14-30.
  • 'The Habsburgs and the Hungarian Problem, 1790-1848', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th ser., vol. 39 (1989), pp. 41-62.
  • 'Maria Theresa and Hungary', and 'Joseph II and Nationality in the Habsburg Lands', in Enlightened Absolutism: Reform and Reformers in Later Eighteenth-Century Europe, ed. H.M. Scott (Houndmills, 1991), pp. 189-207 and 209-19.
  • Crown, Church and Estates. Central European Politics in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, ed. Robert Evans and T.V. Thomas (London, 1991)
  • 'Essay and Reflection: Frontiers and national identities in Central Europe', The International History Review, 14: 3 (Aug. 1992), pp. 480-502.
  • The language of history and the history of language: an inaugural lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 11 May 1998 (Oxford, 1998) 34pp.
  • 'Liberalism, Nationalism, and the Coming of the Revolution', and '1848 in the Habsburg Monarchy', in The Revolutions in Europe, 1848-9: From Reform to Reaction, ed. Robert Evans and H. Pogge von Strandmann (Oxford, 2000), pp. 9-26, 181-206.
  • Wales in European Context. Some Historical Reflections (Aberystwyth, 2001), 31pp.
  • Great Britain and East-Central Europe, 1908-48. A Study in Perceptions (London, 2002), 31pp.
  • '1848 in Mitteleuropa: Ereignis und Erinnerung', in 1848: Ereignis und Erinnerung in den politischen Kulturen Mitteleuropas, ed. Barbara Haider and Hans Peter Hye (Vienna, 2003), pp. 31-55
  • Great Britain and Central Europe, 1867-1914, ed. Robert Evans, Dusan Kovac and Edita Ivanickova (Bratislava, 2003)
  • 'Language and State-building: The Case of the Habsburg Monarchy', Austrian History Yearbook, vol. xxxv (2004), pp. 1-24.
  • 'The Making of October Fifteenth: C.A. Macartney and his Correspondents', in British-Hungarian Relations since 1848, ed. Laszlo Peter and Martyn Rady (London, 2004), pp. 259-70.
  • Curiosity and Wonder from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, ed. Robert Evans and Alexander Marr (Aldershot, 2006)
  • Austria, Hungary and the Habsburgs. Essays on Central Europe, c.1683-1867 (Oxford, 2006)
  • 'Europa in der britischen Historiographie', in Nationale Geschichtskulturen. Bilanz, Ausstrahlung, Europabezogenheit (Mainz/Stuttgart, 2006), pp. 77-93
  • Czechoslovakia in a Nationalist and Fascist Europe 1918-1948. Proceedings of the British Academy no. 140. Edited by Robert Evans and Mark Cornwall (Oxford, 2007)
  • 'The Successor States', in Twisted Paths: Europe 1914-1945, ed. Robert Gerwarth (Oxford, 2007), pp. 210-36.
  • 'The Politics of Language and the Languages of Politics: Latin and the vernaculars in eighteenth-century Hungary', in Cultures of Power in Europe during the Long Eighteenth Century, ed. Hamish Scott and Brendan Simms (Cambridge, 2007), pp. 200-24.

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