Roberto Mazza

Lecturer

Contact Details

Lecturer
M: 0897021097
 
researcher

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.

Books

  Year Publication
2009 Jerusalem: From the Ottomans to the British.
Roberto Mazza (2009) Jerusalem: From the Ottomans to the British. London: IB Tauris. [Details]
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. London: IB Tauris. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
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: James Kitchen and Robert Johnson (eds). The Great War in the Middle East. London: Routledge. [ULIR Link] [Details]
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: Angelos Dalachanis, Vincent Lemire (eds). Open Jerusalem: 1840-1940. Opening New Archives, Revisiting a Global City. Leiden: Brill. [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
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. [Details]
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. [ULIR Link] [Details]
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. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'De-festishizing Law and Order'
Roberto Mazza (2018) 'De-festishizing Law and Order'. (75):3-9 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Editorial'
Roberto Mazza (2017) 'Editorial' Jerusalem Quarterly, (71) . [ULIR Link] [Details]
2008 'Le Chiese Cristiane di Gerusalemme nella Guerra Mondiale 1914-1920'
Roberto Mazza (2008) 'Le Chiese Cristiane di Gerusalemme nella Guerra Mondiale 1914-1920' Contemporanea, (4) :613-638. [Details]
2009 'Churches at War: The Impact of the First World War on the Christian Institutions of Jerusalem 1914-1920'
Roberto Mazza (2009) 'Churches at War: The Impact of the First World War on the Christian Institutions of Jerusalem 1914-1920' Middle Eastern Studies, 45 (2) :207-227. [Details]
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' Jerusalem Quarterly, 40 :36-44. [ULIR Link] [Details]
2010 'Dining Out in Times of War: Jerusalem 1914-1918'
Roberto Mazza (2010) 'Dining Out in Times of War: Jerusalem 1914-1918' Jerusalem Quarterly, 41 :52-58. [ULIR Link] [Details]
2012 'For God and la Patrie: Antonin Jaussen Domenican and French Agent in the Middle East 1914-1920'
Roberto Mazza; Idir Ouahes (2012) 'For God and la Patrie: Antonin Jaussen Domenican and French Agent in the Middle East 1914-1920' First World War Studies, 3 (2) :145-164. [Details]
2013 'Missing Voices in Late Ottoman and Early British Jerusalem'
Roberto Mazza (2013) 'Missing Voices in Late Ottoman and Early British Jerusalem' Jerusalem Quarterly, 53 :61-71. [ULIR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 100 Years After…The British Legacy in Palestine: Balfour and Beyond,
Roberto Mazza (2017) Panel discussing the legacy of the Balfour Declaration on the day of its centennial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoH_0LKSxHw&t=2355s. [Invited Oral Presentation], 100 Years After…The British Legacy in Palestine: Balfour and Beyond, Jerusalem [Details]
2015 The Peripheries of World War I, New Methodological and Spatial Perspectives,
Roberto Mazza (2015) Workshop dedicated to new approaches studying the peripheries of the First World War. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Peripheries of World War I, New Methodological and Spatial Perspectives, Abu Dhabi , 29-NOV-15 - 04-DEC-15 [Details]
2016 The Past in the Present of the Middle East,
Roberto Mazza (2016) Conference of the CBRL (Council for British Research in the Levant). [Invited Oral Presentation], The Past in the Present of the Middle East, London , 15-APR-16 - 16-APR-16 [Details]
2016 Revealing Ordinary Jerusalem (1840-1940): New archives and perspectives on urban citizenship and global entanglements”,
Roberto Mazza (2016) The Open Jerusalem project aims to unlock and connect different archives and sources in order to investigate the ordinary entangled history of a global city through the lens of the concept of urban citizenship (citadinité). The objective is to produce historical narratives focusing on the way residents interact with each other, inhabit and appropriate space(s). The symposium intends to be a forum for deepening discussions and opening scientific debates, based on contributions by members of the Open Jerusalem Team, scholars specialising in related topics, urban historians and specialists of the region. Therefore all participants are kindly requested to stay in Rethymnon for the whole duration of the symposium. [Invited Lecture], Revealing Ordinary Jerusalem (1840-1940): New archives and perspectives on urban citizenship and global entanglements”, Crete , 09-MAY-16 - 13-MAY-16 [Details]
2016 Shared Sacred Places and Multi-Religious Space,
Roberto Mazza (2016) Workshop discussing the relationship between religious space and the development of violence. [Invited Oral Presentation], Shared Sacred Places and Multi-Religious Space, Meinz, Germany [Details]
2016 Religious communities in the Holy Land,
Roberto Mazza (2016) The intent of the workshop is to encourage ideas and discussion - we aren't asking for a formal paper but that people bring their research expertise and insight. It might be a good opportunity for you to try out some new thoughts. We are aiming to encourage participation by junior academics in Oxford across a range of disciplines (Middle East Studies, Religious studies and Historians). [Invited Oral Presentation], Religious communities in the Holy Land, Oxford Pembroke College , 04-MAY-16 - 05-MAY-16 [Details]
2016 The Great War in the Middle East,
Roberto Mazza (2016) This conference will re-examine the origins, conduct and consequences of the First World War in the Middle East. The voluminous historiography of the conflict remains, however, focused on the European experience of 1914-18. This conference aims to bring historians of the Middle East and the First World War together to discuss this formative event and to relate the Great War to the broader period of conflict that affected the Ottoman Empire from 1911 to 1923. The conference will provide a forum for scholars from around the world to examine the complexities of the Middle East’s Great War, and to discuss new avenues for research and debate. This was a region in which the great imperial powers of the early twentieth century struggled for control, and the resulting conflict unleashed powerful nationalist, imperial, religious, and ethnic dynamics that continue to both fascinate historians and to shape the region to this day. The conference will address these inter-related factors, and their role in the breaking and making of empires and nation-states in the Middle East. In doing so, the breadth of proposed papers and discussions will integrate military, social, cultural, and political histories together to provide a broader history of the Middle East and the First World War. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Great War in the Middle East, Sandhurst and Oxford (UK) , 20-APR-16 - 22-MAY-16 [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2018 The Last Palestinian. The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas.
Mazza, R (2018) The Last Palestinian. The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas. LONDON: Book Review [DOI] [Details]
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. Book Review [DOI] [Details]
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. Book Review [DOI] [Details]
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. Book Review [DOI] [Details]
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). Book Review [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
2016 À Jérusalem en guerre, un « consul universel ».
Roberto Mazza (2016) À Jérusalem en guerre, un « consul universel ». Paris: Electronic Publication [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
2019 Centenary (Israel/Palestine).
Roberto Mazza (2019) Centenary (Israel/Palestine). Berlin: Encyclopedia Entry [DOI] [Details]
2017 Occupation during and after the War (Middle East).
Roberto Mazza (2017) Occupation during and after the War (Middle East). Berlin: Encyclopedia Entry [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
AHA Member /
First World War in the Middle East and North Africa Network Member - former manager /
CBRL Council for British Research in the Levant Member /
BRISMES Member 01-JAN-03 /
MESA Middle East Studies Association Member 01-JAN-04 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Internationalisation Member /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
SOAS University of London Teaching Fellow 15-SEP-04 / 01-JUL-09
Western Illinois University Assistant Professor 01-AUG-09 / 01-JUN-15

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2007 SOAS University of London PhD PhD History of the Middle East
2003 SOAS University of London MA MA Government and Politics of the Middle East
2002 University of Bologna MSc MSc International Relations
2001 University of Bologna BA in History and Politics Political Science and History

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
Hebrew Basic Basic Basic
French Fluent Basic Basic
Italian Fluent Fluent Basic
English Fluent Fluent Fluent

Other Activities

  Description

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

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.