During the academic year 1912–13, Mark Hovell studied and taught at
Professor Karl Lamprecht’s Institut für Kultur- und
Universalgeschichte (Institute for Cultural and Universal History) in Leipzig.
During his time there, Hovell wrote regularly to his fiancée, Fanny
Gately, and to his mentor, Professor Thomas Tout. This article focuses on
several of Hovell’s letters held at the John Rylands Library, presenting
his thoughts and observations on aspects of social, political and academic life
in Germany shortly before the outbreak of the First World War.