Cornelius Goop, MA

Cornelius Goop, MA
Research Associate, Editor Historical Lexicon
Telephone +423 320 33 12

Dissertation project


The Microstate and the Nation. The Principality of Liechtenstein between German nationalism and the construction of its own national identity


The Principality of Liechtenstein is an exception to the typical state development patterns observed in Central Europe. Unlike almost all former parts of the Holy Roman Empire and the German Confederation, it was not incorporated into a larger nation-state. Instead, it remained an independent small state. Despite, or perhaps because of, this non-national development, there have been private and public initiatives in Liechtenstein since the late 19th century that have sought to create an independent regional or even national identity. The objective of this dissertation project is to investigate this process in the period from 1847 to 1945. It raises the question of how European microstates reacted to the nation-building process, which actors were involved, and how small-scale identity was legitimized in the age of the nation state, as well as the limits it encountered. The study focuses on the development of academic and public historical discourse, the organization and influence of the “Heimat”-movement and education policy. It also takes a comparative perspective on other European small states.


Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies, Universität Wien

Curriculum Vitae


Education and Training 
2020– PhD Candidate in History, University of Vienna
2017–2020 MA in History, University of Heidelberg
2014–2017 BA in History and Political Science, University of Zurich



Research Associate, Editor Historical Lexicon at the Liechtenstein Institute

2020– Associate Doctoral Student at the Liechtenstein Institute
2020– Freelance journalist on historical topics for various publications in Liechtenstein and Switzerland
2019 Internship at the German Historical Institute, Paris
2018 Internship in Education & Communication at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz
2015–2019 Internships at the Liechtenstein National Archives and the Liechtenstein Institute


Languages German (native language), English, French, Italian, Czech (passive), Russian (passive)