Darren M O'Byrne

Dr Darren O'Byrne

BA MA PhD

Darren is a historian of modern Germany. His research explores German politics, government, and administration from 1871 to the present, as well as the immediate and lasting effects of regime-change in the twentieth century.

Darren M O'Byrne

Darren O’Byrne received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Politics and a Master’s Degree in the History of International Relations, both from University College Dublin. During his doctoral studies he was a DAAD research fellow at Berlin’s Humboldt University, and a visiting fellow at the Technical University in Berlin. Since receiving his PhD he has held a visiting fellowship at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, and taken up a position as a Research Associate and Affiliated Lecturer in Modern German History at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics.

Darren is working on his first book, an interdisciplinary study of the civil service in Weimar and Nazi Germany. Using models from political science and organisational sociology, the book argues that the administration functioned similarly under both democracy and dictatorship, and that the factors informing civil servants’ readiness to implement ambitious social policies after World War I and policies of genocide during World War II were often similar. As such, it provides an alternative interpretation to those emphasising ideology as a determinant of civil servants’ actions. Alongside this, he is working on German occupation policy in World War II, bureaucratic responses to regime-change throughout the twentieth century, and a political history of the year 1932.

Together with Professor Chris Young, Darren is also working on sports and sports journalism in inter-war Germany. An essay on the funding for the 1936 Olympic Games is forthcoming, as is a book on Willy Meisl, an Austrian-Jewish sports journalist who revolutionised sports writing and commentary.

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Daughters and Sons of the Post-Windrush Generation: Reflections and New Directions

22/06/2021 at 15.00

This Windrush day, join us and the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement for a special panel discussion.

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Art Exhibition Opening: Amikam Toren

29/06/2021 at 17.30

Members of Wolfson are invited to our latest arts exhibition opening event. This is an in-person event with limited capacity, so please make sure to book.

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Foundation Day 2021

30/06/2021 at 18.00

Join President Jane Clarke to toast what makes Wolfson special: its history, achievements and – most of all – its people. Wolfson invites you to celebrate the 56th annual Foundation Day on Wednesday 30 June 2021, 6 to 6.30pm BST (GMT+1).

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Mary Bevan Recital - Leo Appel (violin)

04/07/2021 at 13.30

Every year, Wolfson invites the winner of the Cambridge University Music Society Concerto Competition to the Mary Bevan Recital. 

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Pathway to a sustainable future: Wolfson Who’s who (Fellows-only)

05/07/2021 at 17.00

For the Anniversary Week of the Wolfson Sustainability & Conservation Interdisciplinary Research Hub, a space for views from many disciplines to discuss the pathway towards a sustainable future at Wolfson College

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