Dr Patrick J Houlihan

Research Fellow, Faculty of History


Dr Houlihan is a historian interested in the study of religion and violence. His publications include a book entitled Catholicism and the Great War: Religion and Everyday Life in Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1922 (Cambridge University Press). He is currently working on a new book, looking at the global history of the Catholic Church during the First World War.


  • European and global history since 1789
  • Religion
  • War
  • Christianity, especially Catholicism
  • First World War
  • Second World War, including Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • Religious violence and peace-making
  • Peace and humanitarianism

Media experience

Dr Houlihan has given public lectures around the world.


German, French, Italian