Philipp Blom

Germany, 1970

Philipp Blom is a historian, novelist, journalist and translator. He studied in Vienna and obtained a PhD in modern history at Oxford. His historical works, in which he brilliantly studies the European history of ideas, have been widely translated, among which The Vertigo Years. Change and Culture in the West, 1900-1914 (2008), on the years between 1900 and 1914, and A Wicked Company. The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment (2010), and his recent Die zerrissenen Jahre: 1918-1938 (2014). He also wrote a wine guide and the novels The Simmons Papers (1995) and Luxor (2006). Blom is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Zeit.


Arnon Grunberg, Philipp Blom and Robert Skidelsky discuss the question whether we need Bildungsburgertum to feel European.


Philipp Blom: “How to create a European spirit? Why not let our young people spend a year in another country, making a contribution to society?” © Dolph Cantrijn