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Special Events

Roundtable on the Anglo-German Relationship

28 June 2017, 5.30pm

IHR Series: Rethinking Modern Europe (this link will take you to the IHR website)

Round table with David Blackbourn (Vanderbilt University), Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck University of London) and Celia Applegate (Vanderbilt University).
Chair: Lucy Riall (European University Institute, Florence)

Venue: IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

A roundtable discussion to mark the publication of Jan Rüger’s Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the Struggle for the North Sea (Oxford University Press, 2017). Organised in co-operation with the German Historical Institute, London.

Contact: IHR Reception
Email: ihr.reception(ghi)
Tel: 020 7862 8740

Arno Paucker – Scholar and Friend

30th March 2017, 6.30pm

A memorial event in honour of the Leo Baeck Institute’s esteemed, longstanding former director Dr Arnold Paucker OBE

Venue: German Historical Institute London

Opening Words by Pauline Paucker

Lecture by Peter Pulzer (Oxford): Arno Paucker, A Scholar Who Reached Out

Panel: Arno Paucker and German-Jewish History

  • Peter Alter (Cologne)
  • Simone Erpel (Berlin)
  • Raphael Gross (Leipzig)
  • Chair: Daniel Wildmann (London)

Please join us in remembering and celebrating a life of passion, dedicated service and many wonderful achievements!

The event is organized jointly by the LBI London and the GHI London. Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London via

Email: info(ghi) or phone: 020 7882 5690

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Panel Discussion – Luther’s Legacy: The Thirty Years War and the Modern Notion of State in the Empire, 1530s to 1790s

21st March 2017, 5.30pm

Panel Discussion with Robert von Friedeburg, Mark Greengrass, Jo Whaley and Peter Wilson.
The discussion will be moderated by Hamish Scott.

Venue: German Historical Institute London

Is there a distinctive German concept of the state? When and under what circumstances did it emerge? What was its intellectual context? The renowned historian Robert von Friedeburg has presented a new interpretation of these much debated questions linking them to late-medieval and, in particular, Lutheran notions of the polity. The panel discussion will consider how this may affect our understanding of Germany in the early-modern period and beyond.

Robert von Friedeburg is Professor of Early Modern History at the Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. He has published widely on early modern European intellectual and political history; Mark Greengrass is Professor emeritus of Early Modern History at the University of Sheffield. His areas of research are the political culture of early-modern France, on the Protestant Reformation and its impact; Hamish Scott is Professor emeritus of Early Modern History at the University of Glasgow. He specializes in the history of early modern international relations, the history of the German-speaking lands and early modern European nobilities; Joachim Whaley is Professor of German History and Thought at the University of Cambridge. His research interests lie in German history, thought and culture from 1500 to the present day; Peter H. Wilson is Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford. His research interests are particularly the political, military, social, and cultural history of the Holy Roman Empire between 1495 and 1806.

Robert von Friedeburg: Luther’s Legacy: The Thirty Years War and the Modern Notion of ‘State’ in the Empire, 1530s to 1790s
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. - ISBN: 978-1-107-11187-5
GHIL Library Library shelf-mark: Sd.11/5810

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Exhibition – German Historical Institute. 40 year anniversary

7 November 2016 to 31 January 2017

To celebrate the 40 year anniversary an exhibition on the institute’s history is on public display at the GHIL until 31 January 2017. The exhibits and panels focus on the foundation and the first years of the GHIL, the history of 17 Bloomsbury Square, and the activities and research over last four decades. The exhibition was compiled by Helen Whatmore and Tobias Becker, and designed by Shaun Campbell.

German Historical Institute – 40 year anniversary (download as PDF)