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Dr Sacha Davis


School of Humanities and Social Science (History)

Career Summary


Sacha Davis studied in Sydney and Cluj-Napoca before receiving his doctorate from the University of New South Wales. He has previously taught at the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and Australian Catholic University, and been a visiting researcher at the University of Turku. He has lectured at the University of Newcastle since 2008. His primary research interest is German nationalism in Central/Eastern Europe, with a focus on the interwar period.

Research Expertise
My research focus is on Central European History from in the late nineteenth century to the Second World War. I have particular interests in German minorities in Eastern Europe, responses to declining corporate status and the dislocations of war, the interwar minorities protection system, and the spread of fascism. I am also currently researching the forced removal of Roma children in the Habsburg Empire under Maria Theresa and Joseph II.


  • PhD (History), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(History), University of New South Wales
  • Post Graduate Specialisation - History, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai - Cluj Napoca - Romania


  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Central European History
  • Fascism
  • Fascism and National Socialism
  • German Diaspora
  • Historiography
  • Interwar minority rights framework
  • Modern European History
  • Roma - child removal
  • Russia and the Soviet Union


  • German (Fluent)
  • Finnish (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman) 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science


Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Antipodean East European Study Group Antipodean East European Study Group
30/06/2012 -  Member The Society for Romanian Studies
1/09/1998 -  Member Arbeitskreis für Siebenbürgische Landeskunde e. V.


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Davis SE, 'East-West discourses in Transylvania: Transitional Erdély, German-Western Siebenbürgen or Latin-Western Ardeal?', The ¿East-West¿ Discourse: Symbolic Geography and its Consequences, Peter Lang, Oxford 127-154 (2011) [B1]

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Davis S, 'Wine and Modernity in the Transylvanian Saxon Imagination (1860¿1930)', Central Europe, 12 136-158 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1179/1479096314Z.00000000028
2013 Davis SE, 'Hungarians in America: Contrasting Studies. Review of Várdy, Steven Béla; Várdy, Agnes Huszár, Hungarian Americans in the Current of History and Vida, Istva´n Korne´l, Hungarian Émigrés in the American Civil War: A History and Biographical Dictionary.', H-Net Reviews, online (2013) [C3]
2012 Davis SE, 'Reflecting on the diaspora: The Transylvanian Saxon self-image and the Saxons abroad', Zeitschrift für Siebenbürgische Landeskunde, 35 150-170 (2012) [C1]
2009 Davis SE, 'Maintaining a "German" home in Southeast Europe: Transylvanian Saxon nationalism and the metropolitan model of the family, 1918-1933', History of the Family, 14 386-401 (2009) [C1]

In the interwar period, Transylvanian Saxons looked to models from the metropole by which to reform the Saxon community and reinforce their social standing relative to other ethni... [more]

In the interwar period, Transylvanian Saxons looked to models from the metropole by which to reform the Saxon community and reinforce their social standing relative to other ethnicities in Transylvania. In doing so, they were influenced by the ongoing debate in Germany over the "national character" of the German family. Saxon social reformers treated the metropolitan family as a prescriptive model providing a safe path to modernity that could be seamlessly integrated with traditional Saxon culture. In practice, social reformers selectively adopted and carefully adapted to local needs the metropolitan models that they urged the community to accept. They did so by dividing external influences into those that were beneficial, and thus "German", and those which were harmful, and therefore "foreign". The plurality of influences from Germany before 1933 facilitated the selective adoption of metropolitan models for emulation. This flexibility declined rapidly after 1933. National Socialism, which was far less tolerant of regional variations and interpretations, generated tensions between local and national. This article explores the articulation of the Saxon family in the context of domesticity, female emancipation, moral decline, eugenics and economics. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1016/j.hisfam.2009.08.003
Citations Scopus - 3
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Review (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2004 Davis SE, 'Review of Applegate, Celia; Potter, Pamela, eds., Music and German National Identity. H-German, H-Net Reviews. January, 2004. (2004)
2002 Davis SE, 'Review of Dieckhoff, Alain and Gutiérrez, Natividad (eds.). Modern Roots: studies of national identity. (Ashgate Publishing, 2001.)', The Global Review of Ethnopolitics (2002)
DOI 10.1080/14718800208405108

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Davis SE, '"Our faithfully kept, age-old inheritance": Transylvanian Saxon folk customs, particularism and German nationalism between the Wars.', Europe¿s Expansions and Contractions: Proceedings of the XVIIth biennial conference of the Australasian Association of European Historians (Adelaide, July 2009), Adelaide (2010) [E3]
2004 Davis SE, 'Transylvanian Saxon identity and the relationship with the Romanian nation-state, 1919-1933.', Europe¿s pasts and presents: proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for European History, Brisbane (2004)

Dr Sacha Davis


School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

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Contact Details

Phone (02) 4921 5217


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