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Seminars 2008

29 January

JANE CAPLAN (OXFORD)
Why Bismarck is not the Jungfrau. Property, Identity, and the Law in Nineteenth-century Germany

Professor Caplan has worked mainly on the history of Nazi Germany and is currently researching the early history of Nazi concentration camps. She is equally interested in the documentation of individual indentity in nineteenth-century Europe. Recent publications include ‘One of the Strangest Relics of a Former State: Tattoos and the Discourse of Criminality in Europe 1880-1920’, in Criminals and their Scientists (2006).

12 February

HAMISH SCOTT (GLASGOW)
'Acts of Time and Power': The Consolidation of Aristocracy in Seventeenth-Century Europe

Professor Scott teaches early modern international relations, especially 1648-1815, the history of the German-speaking lands in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and early modern European nobilities. He is editor of Longman’s Modern Wars in Perspective and History of Modern Europe series, and his publications include The Birth of a Great Power System, 1740-1815 (2005).

26 February

CLEMENS ZIMMERMANN (SAARBRÜCKEN)
Propaganda or Modernisation? A Comparative View of Media and their Audiences in Nazi Germany

Professor Zimmermann works on the social and cultural history of the town and countryside, the history of technology and the media, and the history of the state. He is the author of, among many others, Medien im Nationalsozialismus: Deutschland 1933-1945, Italien 1922-1943, Spanien 1936-1951 (2007).

11 March

RALPH JESSEN (COLOGNE/OXFORD)
Commemorating a Revolution: The Collapse of Communist Dictatorship in German

Professor Jessen works on nineteenth- and twentieth-century history, in particular, German history post- 1945. He is the author of Akademische Elite und kommunistische Diktatur: Die ostdeutsche Hochschullehrer schaft in der Ulbricht-Ära (1999).

22 April

JAN-GEORG DEUTSCH (OXFORD)
Empire and Modernity, c. 1880-1980: A Note from the African Periphery

Dr Deutsch works on the social and economic history of West and East Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has recently completed a book on the end of slavery in East Africa, and is currently working on the history of Zanzibar. Recent publications include ‘The Indian Ocean and a Very Small Place in Zanzibar’, in Jan-Georg Deutsch and B. Reinwald (eds.), Space on the Move: Transformations of the Indian Ocean Seascape in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (2002).

13 May

HEW STRACHAN (OXFORD)
Reception of Clausewitz, 1831-1945

Professor Strachan teaches military history at the University of Oxford and is an expert on the history of the First World War. His many publications include The First World War, i. To Arms (Oxford, 2001).

27 May

FRANZ-JOSEF BRÜGGEMEIER (FREIBURG)
Through German Eyes: Writing a History of Great Britain in the Twentieth Century

Professor Brüggemeier teaches social and economic history at the University of Freiburg. His many publications include Natur- und Umweltschutz nach 1945: Konzepte, Konflikte, Kompetenzen (Frankfurt, 2005).

10 June

CHRISTIAN WIESE (SUSSEX)
Challenging Cultural Hegemony: Jewish Studies, Liberal Protestantism and Antisemitism in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany

Christian Wiese is Professor of Jewish History at Sussex University. In 2007 he published The Life and Thought of Hans Jonas: Jewish Dimensions.

17 June

BENJAMIN ZIEMANN (SHEFFIELD)
Opinion Polling and Political Communication in West Germany, 1945-1990

Benjamin Ziemann is Reader in Modern History at the University of Sheffield. One of his many interests is historical peace research. He is the author of War Experiences in Rural Germany, 1914–1923 (Oxford, 2007) and Katholische Kirche und Sozialwissenschaften 1945–1975 (Göttingen, 2007).

8 July

MICHAEL BRENNER (MUNICH)
German–Jewish relations post-1945

Professor Brenner teaches Jewish history at the University of Munich. He has published on a range of Jewish topics, including Propheten des Vergangenen: Jüdische Geschichtsschreibung im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (Munich, 2006).

14 October

DR SIMONA SLANICKA (BIELEFELD)
Fraternal Love, Fratricide, and Bastard Marriages: Aristocratic Illegitimates and their Half-Brothers and Sisters in Late Medieval Europe

Dr Slanicka has worked on social history in the Middle Ages and is currently finishing a book about illegitimate aristocratic children. Her publications include Antike und Mittelalter im Film: Konstruktion—Dokumentation—Projektion (2007) and Krieg der Zeichen: Die visuelle Politik Johanns ohne Furcht und der armagnakisch-burgundische Bürgerkrieg (2002).

21 October

DR STEFAN LUDWIG HOFFMANN (POTSDAM)
Germans, Allies, and the Postwar Moment

Dr Hoffmann’s current interest is the history of human rights. He has published on German political and social history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His recent publications include Politics of Sociability: Freemasonry and German Civil Society 1840–1918 (2007) and, as editor, Demokratie im Schatten der Gewalt: Geschichten des Privaten im deutschen Nachkrieg (2007).

25 November

PROFESSOR EWALD FRIE (TRIER)
Poor Nobles: German Elites in Transition, 1770–1870

Professor Frie has worked on the social and political history of Germany from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. His interests include a comparative history of the European aristocratic societies and the history of Australia. Among his many publications are Friedrich August von der Marwitz: 1777–1873: Biographie eines Preußen (2001) and Das Deutsche Kaiserreich (2004).

27 November
(Thursday)

PROFESSOR THOMAS MERGEL (BERLIN / HUMBOLDT):
Weimar in the Wings? Conflict Cultures in 1970s Germany

Professor Mergel has published widely on the cultural history of politics and transnational social history. His publications include Großbritannien seit 1945 (2005), Parlamentarische Kultur in der Weimarer Republik (2002), and Geschichte zwischen Kultur und Gesellschaft (1997).

9 December

PROFESSOR PETER WILSON (HULL)
The Character of the Thirty Years War

Professor Wilson is a specialist in early modern German history, particularly the political, military, social, and cultural history of the Holy Roman Empire. His books include German Armies: War and German Politics 1648–1806 (1998), The Holy Roman Empire 1495–1806 (1999), and Absolutism in Central Europe (2002).

Public Lectures 2008

21 February
(5:30pm)

CLAUDIA BRUNS (BERLIN)
Masculinity, Sexuality and the German Nation: The Eulenburg Scandal

In co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London at the German Historical Institute, Seminar Room

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