Ilya Berkovich


Ilya Berkovich is a research associate in the research unit History of the Habsburg Monarchy.

Born in 1981 in Moscow USSR and repatriated to Israel in 1987. Following national service in the Israeli Air Force, studied history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Gained PhD from Peterhouse, Cambridge, with a thesis on the motivation of common soldiers in old-regime Europe. Before coming to IHB, held post-doc positions in Jerusalem, Vienna and Munich. Awarded the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines (2007); the Moncando Prize for an Outstanding Article (2012); and the Distinguished Book Award of the Society of Military History (2018). In addition to his interest in military history, he has a second research field in medieval studies with further publications on the history and archeology of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Research Interests

Period: 1650 to 1820
Area: Europe and the World
Topics: Military History, Social History, Mentality and Emotions, Ego-Documents and Autobiographical Writings, Historical Statistics, Jewish Soldiers.





Motivation in War


(mit Michael Wenzel), The Austrian Army, vol. 2, 106 - 128


Conscription in the Habsburg Monarchy, 298–321