Dr Kathrin Zickermann


Lecturer in History

Kathrin Zickermann 

Before becoming a lecturer at the Centre for History in 2011, I held the Alan Pearsall Research Fellowship (Maritime and Naval History) at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR, London), researching early modern transnational commercial and maritime networks of Scottish merchant families. This project developed from my doctoral research on early modern Scottish contact with and settlement in Northwest Germany which I completed in 2009 at the University of St Andrews.



I specialise in the analysis of Scottish and European maritime and commercial links during the early modern period with a particular focus on the history of the Scottish Northern Isles and family networks. I am currently broadening this research by focusing on the development of early modern ports, particularly in Northern Europe. I am also investigating the significance of rivers as trade routes and contested areas. Expanding my research on military history I am furthermore examining the German component of the transnational Swedish army of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) in cooperation with a research project at the University of St Andrews.




Across the German Sea: Early Modern Scottish Connections with the Wider Elbe-Weser Region (Leiden, 2013).


'Scottish Merchant Families in the Early Modern Period', Northern Studies, Vol. 45 (2013), pp.100-118.

‘The Scottish Fisheries and the Northwest German Territories during the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries’, Journal of the North Atlantic, Special Volume No. 4 (2013).

'The Battle of Wittstock 1636: Conflicting Reports on a Swedish Victory in Germany', Northern Studies, Vol. 43 (2012), 71 - 109. Co-authored with Steve Murdoch and Adam Marks.

‘Return Migration from Northwest Germany during the Early Modern Period’, in Mario Varricchio (ed.), Back to Caledonia (Birlinn, 2012), pp.73-90.

‘English and Scottish Exiles in Northwest Germany c. 1683-1709’, Études Écossaises, Vol. 13 (2010), pp. 41-58.
‘Scots in Swedish Bremen and Verden’, in David Worthington (ed.), British and Irish Emigrants and Exiles in Europe, 1603-1688 (Leiden, 2010), pp. 161-180.

‘‘Briteannia ist mein Patria’: Scotsmen and the ‘British Community’ in Hamburg’, in Alexia Grosjean and Steve Murdoch (eds.), Scottish Communities Abroad in the Early Modern Period (Leiden/Boston, 2005), pp. 249-273.



Based on my research I have developed the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

  • Cultural Centres and Economic Powerhouses: Amsterdam, Hamburg and London during the Early Modern Period (3rd Year)
  • The Sovereignty of the Sea? Politicians and the Evolution of Territorial Waters during the Early Modern Period. (3rd Year)
  • Death and Destruction: The Social Impact of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) (4th Year)
  • Merchants, Mariners and Maritime Marauders: Scottish Trade in the Early Modern Period (4th Year)
  • Maritime Lives: The Scottish Northern Isles during the Early Modern Period. (Masters)

 Furthermore I am the module leader for the following courses:

  • The Atlantic World 1492-1800 (First Year)
  • Scottish History 1603 – 20th Century (First Year) -
  • Scotland, the North Sea and the Baltic (Second Year)
  • Arguments and Alternatives: Models, Interpretations and Debates in Highlands and Islands History (Masters)
  • Authors and Archives: Sources in Highland and Island History (Masters)

Additional activities

Additional activities

  • Honorary Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews.
  • Active collaboration with the Thirty Years War- project, conducted at the University of St Andrews.
  • Co-editor of the ‘Scotland, Scandinavia and Northern Europe, 1560-1707’ online database (SSNE; http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/ssne/)
  • Co-editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies.
  • I am also on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Northern Scotland.