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Dear friend of the German Historical Institute London,

On occasion of the launch of our new internet presentation ( I am pleased to send you the first GHIL NEWSLETTER. The GHIL NEWSLETTER will regularly inform you about the GHIL’s activities, the upcoming events and conferences, lectures, seminars and colloquia held at the German Historical Institute London as well as its biannual Bulletin and other publications.

Andreas Gestrich (Director)

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1) Seminar Lectures and Public Lectures
2) GHIL Conferences
3) Bulletin of the GHIL, Autumn Issue
4) New GHIL Publication

1) Seminar Lectures and Public Lectures

29 November

German-Jewish Experiences of Emancipation and Modernity: European and Transnational Perspectives

Joint lecture with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research
Simone Lässig was appointed Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and Director of the Georg-Eckert-Institut für Internationale Schulbuchforschung in 2006. From 2002 to 2006 she was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Washington D.C. An expert on the social and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, she has published widely on Jewish history, the history of religion and religiosity, and the didactics of history. Her most recent book is Jüdische Wege ins Bürgertum: Kulturelles Kapital und sozialer Aufstieg im 19. Jahrhundert (2004).

4 December

Early Twentieth-Century Popular Science: The Example of Wilhelm Bölsche (1861–1939)

Philipp Sarasin is Professor of Modern History at the University of Zurich, Forschungsstelle für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte. His main research interests range from the history of the body to the theory and methodology of historiography. He is the co-editor of Bakteriologie und Moderne: Studien zur Biopolitik des Unsichtbaren 1870–1920 (2007).

11 December

Allegory and Identity: Monuments to the Nation in Europe, 1850–1914

John Horne is Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College, Dublin. His main research areas are French history in the twentieth century, comparative labour history, and the cultural history of the period of the First World War. He is the author (with A. Kramer) of German Atrocities, 1914: A History of Denial (2001).

Lectures are held at 5 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute. Tea is served from 4.30 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 p.m.

2) Conferences

6-8 December 2007

  • Cosmopolitan Networks in Commerce and Society

14-15 December 2007

  • Monarchy and Exile

10-12 January 2008

  • Postgraduate Students' Conference Conference

3) Bulletin of the GHIL, Autumn Issue

The autumn issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online:

Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London Volume XXIX, No. 2 (November 2007)



Michael Ledger-Lomas, Lyra Germanica: German Sacred Music in Mid-Victorian England

Arnd Bauerkämper, Ambiguities of Transnationalism: Fascism in Europe between Pan-Europeanism and Ultra-Nationalism, 1919–39

Review Article

Thomas M. Lekan, From Naturschutz to Umweltschutz: Nature Conservation and Environmental Reform in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1950–80

Book Reviews

Wolfgang Behringer, Hartmut Lehmann, and Christian Pfister (eds.), Kulturelle Konsequenzen der ‘kleinen Eiszeit’: Cultural Consequences of the ‘Little Ice Age’ (C. Scott Dixon)

David Lederer, Madness, Religion and the State in Early Modern Europe: A Bavarian Beacon (Alexander Kästner)

Christopher Clark, Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947 (Ewald Frie)

David Blackbourn, The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape and the Making of Modern Germany (Eckart Conze)

Oliver Grant, Migration and Inequality in Germany 1870–1913 (Angelika Epple)

Alf Lüdtke and Bernd Weisbrod (eds.), No Man’s Land of Violence: Extreme Wars in the Twentieth Century (Dennis Showalter)

Uwe Schulte-Varendorff, Kolonialheld für Kaiser und Führer: General Lettow-Vorbeck—Mythos und Wirklichkeit; Edward Paice, Tip and Run: The Untold Tragedy of the Great War in Africa (Eckard Michels)

Benjamin Ziemann, War Experiences in Rural Germany, 1914–1923 (Matthew Stibbe)

Peter Alter, Winston Churchill (1874–1965): Leben und Überleben (Keith Robbins)

Philipp Gassert, Kurt Georg Kiesinger, 1904–1988: Kanzler zwischen den Zeiten (A. J. Nicholls)

Conference Report

From the Blanketeers to the Present: Understanding Protests of the Unemployed (Matthias Reiss)

4) New GHIL Publication

Geppert, Dominik: Pressekriege. Öffentlichkeit und Diplomatie in den deutsch-britischen Beziehungen (1896-1912), Munich: Oldenbourg, 2007. – 490 p. (Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London/ Publications of the German Historical Institute London, Bd. 64) ISBN 978-3-486-58402-8