The GHIL regularly holds seminars and lectures on topics of general interest to British and German historians. Seminars are held Tuesdays at 5.30pm during term time. Seminar papers are normally presented in English; knowledge of the German language is not necessary for participation.
FRIEDRICH LENGER (GIESSEN)
Urbanization, Suburbanization, and Gentrification: A Comparative Look at English and German Develop ments since the mid-1940s
‘Vertical slums abroad, horizontal slums in England.’ This is how Elizabeth Denby described what she saw as a specifically English form of urbanization in 1938. The seminar explores the fundamental differences that have continued to shape urban development in Britain and Germany since the 1940s, when suburbanization and, more recently, gentrification became the defining patterns of urban life. Friedrich Lenger is Professor of Modern History at the University of Gießen. His research focuses on the social and economic history of Europe and North America since the late eighteenth century. His recent publications include European Cities in the Modern Era, 1850–1914 (2012); Metropolen der Moderne: Eine europäische Stadtgeschichte seit 1850 (2013); and the edited volume Kollektive Gewalt in der Stadt: Europa 1890–1939 (2013).
ULRIKE WEISS (ST ANDREWS)
‘Inside was a Parchment, so beautifully painted on all sides’: The Ornate Charter of the Hanoverian Succession
In 1701 the English Parliament passed the Act of Settlement. To secure the Protestant succession, the crown was to pass to Electress Sophia, a granddaughter of James I/VI, and her descendants. The Act resulted in a unique diplomatic mission: in order to become law, it had to be conveyed to, and accepted by, the Hanoverian court. This seminar will look at the actual parchment sent and its presentation. Ulrike Weiss is Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews and was curator of Landesgeschichte at the History Museum, Hanover. Her most recent publications explore Hanoverian political iconography in numismatics and aspects of court culture. They include Das Ross springt auf die Insel: Zur Entstehung, Verbreitung und Wirkung der bekanntesten Medaille auf die hannoversche Sukzession (2011); and Die Königin hat (die) Hosen an: Caroline Mathilde von Dänemark zu Pferd (2013).
Seminars are held at 5.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute.
Tea is served from 5.00 p.m. in the Common Room, and wine is available after the seminars.
Guided tours of the Library are available before each seminar at 4.30 p.m.
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UTE PLANERT (WUPPERTAL)
War, Nationalism, and the Making of Germany in the Early Nineteenth Century
GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Pointing to the ‘nationalization of the war and the militarization of national feelings’, historians commonly regard the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars as the threshold of a new era of nationalism and nation-states. In Germany, the wars against the French Emperor served as a national foundation myth, much like the Declaration of Independence in the USA and the revolution in France. The impact of these wars, however, is often overestimated. They were less a revolutionary caesura than part of a long-lasting, evolutionary process of nationalization.
Ute Planert is Professor of Modern History and History Didactics at the University of Wuppertal. Her research focuses on the global history of the Napoleonic era, nationalism, gender, and war and society. Recent publications include Der Mythos vom Befreiungskrieg (2008); ‘International Conflict, War, and the Making of Modern Germany, 1740–1815’, in Oxford Handbook of Modern German History (2011); and the edited volumes Decades of Reconstruction: Postwar Societies, State-Building, and International Relations (with James Retallack, forthcoming 2014) and The Impact of Napoleon’s Empire: European Politics in Global Perspective (forthcoming 2015).
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