Marshall A. Yokell IV
Areas of Interest:
Late 19th and early 20th Century Modern European History, German History, European War and Society, European Diplomatic History, Cultural History, Transnational History, Globalization
Statement of Research:
Marshall’s research focuses on early German efforts at globalization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and how such ideas influenced German foreign and military policy, as well as German ideas of imperialism. His recent work, an article which is currently under review for publication, “The Might of the Little Island: Helgoland and the Nationalist Imagination, 1850-1890,” examines the role that Helgoland, a small island in the North Sea off the coast of Germany, played in German visions of nationalism and the effect it had on German military and diplomatic policy in Europe.
His current research is a transnational history of Germany’s role in South America prior to World War I, and the part its diplomats played in building an “empire by infrastructure.” In particular, he examines the ways in which culture, trade, and military needs in South American nations intersected with and influenced German diplomatic policy as Germany sought to create a more global community and demonstrate that it was a world power.
- DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Doctoral Research Fellow, 2011-2012
- 20th 19th Century Transatlantic Doctoral Research Seminar, German Historical Institute, May 2014
- Office of the Secretary of Defense, History Office, Research Fellow, 2014-2015
- Naval History and Heritage Command, Senior Historian, 2015-Present