German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2050
Fax: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2055 / 7404 5573


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The German Historical Institute London (GHIL) is an academically independent institution and part of the Max Weber Foundation German Humanities Institutes Abroad. It promotes research on medieval and modern history, in particular on the comparative history of Britain and Germany, on the British Empire  and the Commonwealth, and on Anglo-German relations. Its public library specializes in German history.

Professor Hagen Schulze
31 July 1943 – 4 September 2014

It is with great sadness that the German Historical Institute London and the entire Max Weber Stiftung announce the death, on 4 September, of Professor Hagen Schulze. One of the most distinguished modern historians of his generation, Hagen Schulze became Director of the German Historical Institute London in 2000. With his wide-ranging academic ouevre, he was an outstanding ambassador for the Institute and German historiography in Britain until his return to the Freie Universität Berlin in 2006. Hagen Schulze was a European by conviction. Comparative European history was one of his central interests both in teaching and research at the university, and during his time as Director in London. Hagen Schulze led the Institute with great distinction, contributing to its high international standing. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends at the German Historical Institute London.

Library News

Please note that there will be restricted access to some library holdings (Sf, Sg and Sh) on Friday, 24 October from 1 pm and on Friday, 31 October from 4pm.
Books from these holdings will still be available but may have to be fetched by library staff.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

28 October

Money, Trade and Identity: Britain and the Post-War Order

4 November

Ignorance, Indifference, Inaction? The Volksgemeinschaft and the Holocaust
Twelfth Workshop on Early Modern German History
Closing date: 11 January 2015
Medieval History Seminar 2015
Closing date: 31 January 2015
Germans in Britain
A new exhibition by the Migration Museum Project
Exhibition runs 18 September to 24 October 2014
Remembering East Germany’s Peaceful Revolution.
Twenty-Five Years Later

Exhibition runs 1 November 2014 to 30 January 2015

Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor

The German Historical Institute London (GHIL), the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf have appointed historian Kiran Klaus Patel, Professor of European and Global History at the University of Maastricht, to the position of Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor 2014/15. Professor Patel will join the staff of the GHIL from 1 October.

Wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeiter/in (Postdoc)
Closing date for applications: 31 October 2014
Roundtable Debate: 1914: What Historians Don’t Know about the Causes of the First World War. Speakers: Speakers: Margaret MacMillan, Annika Mombauer, Sönke Neitzel, John Röhl; Chair: Mark Hewitson.

New Publications

Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London
Tobias Becker: Inszenierte Moderne. Populäres Theater in Berlin und London, 1880-1930

Studies in British and Imperial History
Ronald G. Asch: Sacral Kingship Between Disenchantment and Re-enchantment. The French and English Monarchies 1587-1688

Vols. 50–55 and Vols. 57–64 of Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London are now availabe online.