Photo: Peter Rigaud
Germany, 1970
historian, novelist, journalist and translator

Philipp Blom

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.

Published in

Journal Nexus

Nexus 70

De terugkeer van Europa
Journal Nexus

Nexus 60

Verborgen schatten van het Europees humanisme

Speaker at



Nexus Symposium

Je suis Européen!

6 June 2015 14.00 - 17.00 DeLaMar Theater Amsterdam

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