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Public Lectures

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series

Public Lectures Series: Urban and Elegant: The Aesthetics of Living in the Modern European City

Seminars and Lectures

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.

14 November

Jan Eckel (Tübingen)
New Perspectives on the History of International Politics in the Twentieth Century

This lecture suggests a new chronology of international politics in the twentieth century. It will argue that the century was marked by a series of transformative moments, not just the second ‘thirty years war’ followed by the Cold War. In order to understand the crucial driving forces behind international relations, historians need to focus on the interplay between superpower antagonism, anti-imperial aspirations, post-colonial attempts to create a new world order, the deep splits within the Communist world, and the multiple forms of global governance.

Jan Eckel is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Tübingen. He is the author of the prize-winning book Die Ambivalenz des Guten: Menschenrechte in der internationalen Politik seit den 1940er Jahren (2014, forthcoming in English with OUP). He has also specialized in the history of German historiography and scholarship and is currently working on a book on international politics in the twentieth century.

5 December

Frances Andrews (St Andrews)
Medieval Europe through Monastic Eyes

As global history takes centre stage, the interconnectedness of high medieval Europe might seem to be a given. Yet the widely held belief that medieval men and women lived their lives with little awareness of the world beyond their village and its fields persists. Nor do modern historians easily associate European interconnectedness with professional religious, the monks, nuns, and friars. This talk opens up an alternative view, exploring the many chapter meetings to which they travelled, how those meetings worked, and what they made of them, picturing medieval Europe through monastic eyes.

Frances Andrews is Professor of Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. Her books include The Early Humiliati (1999), The Other Friars (2006), and several edited volumes, most recently, Doubting Christianity: The Church and Doubt, co-edited with Charlotte Methuen and Andrew Spicer (2016).

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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Public Lectures 2017

30 November

Norman Domeier (Stuttgart)
The Secret Cooperation between Associated Press and Nazi Germany, 1942–1945

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

New archival evidence reveals the existence of a secret German–American cooperation between Associated Press (AP) and the Bureau Laux, an agency of the SS and the German Foreign Office, during the war years 1942 to 1945. With the permission of the Roosevelt administration, AP and the Bureau Laux exchanged approximately 40,000 photographs by diplomatic pouch via Lisbon and Stockholm on a daily basis until spring 1945. In Berlin, the AP photos were presented to Hitler and the highest Nazi leadership every day. They were then used by the German press for anti-American and anti-Semitic propaganda. Conversely, thousands of Nazi photos received by AP New York were printed in the American and international press. This presentation sheds light on what was probably the only channel of communication between these enemies during the Second World War.

Norman Domeier is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Stuttgart, on leave until March 2018 to take up a Lise Meitner Fellowship in the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna. The English edition of his Ph.D. thesis, The Eulenburg Affair: A Cultural History of Politics in the German Empire, was published in 2015. His second book / Habilitation is on ‘The Foreign Journalists in Nazi Germany, 1932–1946’.

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If not otherwise stated, lectures are held 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 lectures.

Previous Public Lectures

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2016-17

The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017

This season´s topic intends to discuss the complicated and multi-layered relationship of the European Left with Zionism and the State of Israel. We will examine this broad subject from a historical perspective and will shed light on the different debates in various European countries.

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Urban and Elegant: The Aesthetics of Living in the Modern European City

Public Lecture Series

Organised and introduced by Dr Anna Ananieva, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.

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