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.

Christmas Closure

The German Historical Institute will be closed for Christmas from 24 December 2015 and reopen on 4 January 2016 at 9:30.

Library News

The GHI library will participate in the History Day on 27 November, organized by the IHR in collaboration with the Committee of London Research Libraries in History. Please come and meet us at this open history fair showcasing libraries, archives and organisations from around London. Registrations are free and can be made via Eventbrite. You can also sign up for one-on-one clinics in practical research skills and panel sessions on libraries, archives and digital research. More information can be found here (this link will take you to the SAS/History Collections website).
Please note that the library will close early on Wednesday, 16 December at 3pm.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

10 December

Klaus Weinhauer (Bielefeld)
The Return of the ‘Many-Headed Hydra’? Protest, Social Movements, and Violence in the Phase of Global Upheaval (c.1916–23)
15 December
Lutz Raphael
Life Cycle and Industrial Work. West German and West European Patterns in Times of Globalization (1975-2005)

3 December

Thabet Abu Rass (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
Land, Power and Resistance in Israel: The Case of the Bedouins of the Negev
7-8 January
The German Historical Institute London will hold its 20th postgraduate students' conference on 7-8 January 2016. Its intention is to give postgraduate research students in the UK and Ireland working on German history an opportunity to present their work-in-progress, and to discuss it with other students working in the same field. All 2nd and 3rd year students are encouraged to present a paper on their PhD project. First year students are also welcome.
Closing date for applications: 30 November 2015
Thirteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History
Closing date: 6 January 2015
The Contemporary History of Historiography: International Perspectives on the Making of Professional History
Closing date: 15 January 2016
The Allied Occupation of Germany Revisited: New Research on the Western Zones of Occupation, 1945-1949
Closing date: 15 January 2016
Our new Bulletin (November 2015) is now available online.

Brückweh, Kerstin: Menschen zählen. Wissensproduktion durch britische Volkszählungen und Umfragen vom 19. Jahrhundert bis ins digitale Zeitalter (Munich:De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2016)

Götter, Christian: Die Macht der Wirkungsannahmen. Medienarbeit des britischen und deutschen Militärs in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts (Munich: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2016)
Inge Weber-Newth: Home Ties: Objects in Migrants' Lives .
Lecture to mark the public opening of the exhibition "Things We Keep" at the GHIL.

1 Wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeiter/in (Postdoc) für den Bereich der britischen Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit.
Closing date for applications: 31 January 2016