Hobson, Rolf
DepartmentCentre for Civil-Military Relations
PositionProfessor
Phone+47 23 09 59 29
E-mailrolf.hobson@ifs.mil.no

(b. 1961) Member of the IFS staff since 1994.

Rolf Hobson received a Cand.Mag. from the University of Oslo 1986 and continued his studies at Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Dusseldorf, 1988–1993. He had a doctoral research grant at University of Trondheim, 1990–1993, where he obtained his Dr.Art. in 1998. Hobson carried out project research in Paris, 20002003 and was adjunct professor at the Centre for the Study of Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Oslo, 2004–2007. In 2009–2010 he spent his sabbatical at Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich.

Rolf Hobson is a visiting professor at the University of Bergen, 2011–2021. At present he is engaged as researcher on the project «In a World of Total War: Norway 1939-1945» under the aegis of the University of Tromsø, 2018-2020. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. 

Fields of interest

  • First and Second World War
  • war commemoration
  • Norwegian and European military history
  • German history in the 19th and 20th century

Rolf Hobson's selected publications in English and German

  • 2004.  Maritimer Imperialismus. Seestrategisches Denken, Seemachtsideologie und der Tirpitzplan, 1875–1914. Munich: Oldenbourg.
  • 2002.  Imperialism at Sea. Naval Strategic Thought, the Ideology of Sea Power and the Tirpitz Plan, 1875–1914. Boston: Brill.

Books/reports/dissertations

  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2015. Europeisk politisk historie 1750-1950. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
  • Hobson, Rolf. 2008. RMA og Transformation. En historisk-kritisk gjennomgang av to sentrale begreper i nyere vestlig forsvarspolitikk. Oslo Files on Defence and Security, no. 5. Oslo: Institutt for forsvarsstudier.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh, Tom Kristiansen and Sven Gabriel Holtsmark, eds. 2006. Stormaktene, Sverige og Norge 1905-1907. Fra konsulatsak til integritetstraktat. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2005. Krig og strategisk tenkning i Europa 1500-1945. Samfunnsendring – statssystem - militær teori. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2004. Maritimer Imperialismus. Seemachtsideologie, seestrategisches Denken und der Tirpitzplan 1875 bis 1914. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh and Tom Kristiansen, eds. 2004. Navies in Northern Waters, 1721-2000. Frank Cass Publishers.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2002. Imperialism at Sea. Naval Strategic Thought, the Ideology of Sea Power and the Origins of the Tirpitz Plan, 1875-1914. Brill Academic Publishers.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh and Tom Kristiansen. 2001. Norsk forsvarshistorie, bd.3, 1905-1940. Total krig, nøytralitet og politisk splittelse. Alvheim og Eide akademisk forlag.
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Parts of books/reports

  • Hobson, Rolf. 2013. ""Defense Intellectuals": Zur Karriere von Schreibtischstrategen". In Erbe des Kalten Krieges, edited by Bernd Greiner, Tim B. Müller and Klaas Voss, 148–158. Verlag Hamburger Edition.
  • Hobson, Rolf. 2013. "Weserübung in German and Norwegian Historiography". In Northern European Overture to War, 1939-1941. From Memel to Barbarossa, edited by Michael H. Clemmesen and Marcus Faulkner, 449–459. Brill Academic Publishers.
  • Hobson, Rolf. 2012. "Zur Ideologie von Seemacht". In Maritime Wirtschaft in Deutschland, edited by Jürgen Elvert and Sigurd Hess, 170–175. Franz Steiner Verlag.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2012. "Blitzkrieg, the RMA and defense intellectuals". In Contemporary Military Innovation: Between anticipation and adaption, edited by Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky and Kjell Inge Bjerga, 175–187. Routledge.
  • Hobson, Rolf and Tom Kristiansen. 2012. "The national security of secondary maritime powers within the classic European states system". In Twenty-First Century Seapower: Cooperation and Conflict at Sea, edited by Peter Dutton, Robert Ross and Øystein Tunsjø, 9–17. Routledge.
  • Hobson, Rolf, Tom Kristiansen, Nils Arne Sørensen and Gunnar Åselius. 2012. "Introduction - Scandinavia in the First World War". In Scandinavia in the First World War: Studies in the War Experience of the Northern Neutrals, edited by Claes Ahlund, 9–56. Nordic Academic Press.
  • Hobson, Rolf. 2011. "Det tyske oppgjøret med fortiden - og hva vi kan lære av det". In P2-akademiet, bind XLV, edited by P2 Akademiet NRK. Oslo: NRK.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2011. "Tyske historikere og nazismen, 1933-2010". In Nytt blikk. Årsskrift fra Stiftelsen Arkivet, edited by Gro Schrader Kvanvig, 78–90. Kristiansand: Stiftelsen Arkivet.
  • Hobson, Rolf. 2008. "Die weissen Flecken in der norwegischen Geschichtsschreibung über die Besatzungszeit". In Vergangenheitspolitik und Erinnerungskulturen im Schatten des Zweiten Weltkriegs. Deutschland und Skandinavien seit 1945, edited by Robert Bohn, 94–103. Essen: Klartext Verlag.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2006. "I den ytterste periferi: unionsoppløsningen sett fra Paris". In Stormaktene, Sverige og Norge 1905-1907. Fra konsulatsak til integritetstraktat, edited by Rolf Hugh Hobson, Tom Kristiansen and Sven Gabriel Holtsmark, 143–166. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2005. "Die Besonderheiten des wilhelminischen Navalismus". In Deutsche Marinen im Wandel. Vom Symbol nationaler Einheit zum Instrument internationaler Sicherheit, edited by Werner Rahn, 161–196. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2004. "Prussia, Germany and Maritime Law from Armed Neutrality to Unlimited Submarine Warfare, 1780-1917". In Navies in Northern Waters, 1721-2000, edited by Rolf Hugh Hobson and Tom Kristiansen, 97–116. Frank Cass Publishers.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2003. "Internasjonal historieskriving i Norge ved begynnelsen av det 20. århundret: Thorvald Boye og «De væbnede nøytralitetsforbund»". In Motstrøms. Olav Riste og norsk internasjonal historieskrivning, edited by Helge Pharo, Sven G. Holtsmark and Rolf Tamnes, 110–132. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2002. "Jacob Burckhardts Verdenshistoriske betraktninger". In Historie, kritikk og politikk : festskrift til Per Maurseth på 70-årsdagen 7. juni 2002, edited by Håkon With Andersen, 283–304. Trondheim: NTNU, Historisk institutt.
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Peer-reviewed articles

  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2019. Etter liberalismen kommer nasjonalismen: 1880-årene viser vei. Internasjonal Politikk - Skandinavisk tidsskrift for internasjonale studier 77 (1): 1–26.
  • Kristiansen, Tom, Rolf Hobson, Gunnar Åselius and Nils Arne Sørensen. 2012. Scandinavia in the First World War: the Main Features. Revue d'histoire Nordique (15): 19–58.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2010. Blitzkrieg, the Revolution in Military Affairs and Defense Intellectuals. Journal of Strategic Studies 33 (4): 625–643.
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2004. Fra den innhegnede til den privatiserte krigen. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift .
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh and Tom Kristiansen. 2003. Det «lille hamskiftet» i norsk militærhistorie. Den indre sikkerhetsberedskapen i mellomkrigstiden – og alle de andre temaene i norsk forsvarshistorie. Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning .
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2002. Folkemord på museum. Museumsnytt .
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 1996. The German School of Naval Thought and the Origins of the Tirpitz Plan, 1875-1900. Forsvarsstudier .
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 1994. Fra kabinettskrigen til den totale krigen. Clausewitz-tolkninger fra Moltke til Aron. Forsvarsstudier .
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 1993. Stormaktenes krigsplanlegging før 1914. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge) .
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 1993. Tyskland i det internasjonale anarkiet. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge) .
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 1989. Slutten på den tyske Sonderweg? Keiserrikets historiografi og Forbundsrepublikken går nye veier. Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge) .
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Non-refereed articles

  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2007. Leopold von Ranke. Fortid .
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh. 2002. Statssystemet som frikonkurransemodell. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift .
  • Hobson, Rolf Hugh and Tom Kristiansen. 1995. Militærmakt, krig og historie: En innføring i forskningen fra Clausewitz til våre dager. IFS-Ifo .

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