German Historical Institute London

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1) Seminars
2) Conferences and Workshops
3) Call for Papers
4) Colloquia
5) GHIL Bulletin, Autumn Issue
6) New GHIL Publications
7) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship
8) Library closures

1) Seminars

9 December
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).

20 January
Max Weber Unbound: The Rediscovery of a Passionate Thinker

Joachim Radkau has published widely on the history of technology and environmental history. Among his best-known books is a contribution to the cultural history of classical modernity, placing neurasthenia in its contemporary framework. He has recently published a major English-language biography of Max Weber, the founding father of sociology, and will introduce this work at the GHIL. Other publications include Das Zeitalter der Nervosität: Deutschland zwischen Bismarck und Hitler (1998); Natur und Macht: Eine Weltgeschichte der Umwelt (2000); and, as editor (with Frank Uekoetter), Naturschutz und Nationalsozialismus (2003).

3 February
Is There a New Political History in Europe?

Heinz-Gerhard Haupt is one of the most distinguished German social historians. His main interests are the history of the petite bourgeoisie and the guild system in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has also written major works on nationalism and identity and the history of violence. At the GHIL he will reflect on the potentials of a new political history, an interest which derives from his involvement in the Bielefeld Sonderforschungbereich on the German new political history. He has co-edited (with Dieter Langewiesche) Nation und Religion in Europa: Mehrkonfessionelle Gesellschaften im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (2004), and (with Ute Frevert) Neue Politikgeschichte: Perspektiven einer historischen Politikforschung (2005).

17 February
Global Electrification at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: The Example of the German Transatlantic Electricity Company in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile, 1898–1920

Peter Hertner is an expert on European economic history in the early modern and modern periods. In recent years his main interest has been in Italian economic history in general and the history of German and Italian companies in particular. He has focused on the impact of multinational companies up to the Second World War, and will elaborate on this at the GHIL. His publications include Der deutsche Kapitalexport nach Italien, die deutsch-italienischen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen und die Entwicklung der italienischen Volkswirtschaft 1861–1894 (1986); and he has edited (with T. Brockmeier) Menschen, Märkte und Maschinen: Die Entwicklung von Industrie und mittelständischer Wirtschaft im Raum Halle (Saale) (2007).

3 March
The World as Will and Delusion: The Role of War in the Foreign Policy Stratagems of Kaiser Wilhelm II, 1888-1914

Professor Röhl is the most distinguished scholar on Kaiser Wilhelm II. In his three-volume biography, the last volume of which appeared in 2008, he stresses the Kaiser’s role in the politics of the Second Empire, underlining the importance of his ‘personal regiment’. Professor Röhl’s publications include Wilhelm II., 3 vols (1993–2008); and Kaiser, Hof und Staat: Wilhelm II. und die deutsche Politik (2002).

Seminars 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.



26 February (Thurs.)
Militant Subcultures: Origins of West German Terrorism in the Late 1960s

Detlev Siegfried, invited in cooperation with the Modern German History Seminar at the IHR, focuses on the history of the twentieth century in West Germany and Europe, specifically on popular cultures, consumption, and social sciences. Currently he is working on transnational networks of European intellectuals, and racism in European societies. At the GHIL he will present his research on left-wing radicalism. His recent publications include Sound der Revolte: Studien zur Kulturrevolution um 1968 (2008); and Time Is on My Side: Konsum und Politik in der westdeutschen Jugendkultur der 60er Jahre (2006).

This paper will be given at 5.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute.

2) Conferences and Workshops

12-13 December 2008
Visual Representations of the Unemployed
Conveners: Dr. Matthias Reiss (University of Exeter); Prof. Andreas Gestrich (GHIL). To be held at University of Exeter

15-17 January 2009
Postgraduate Students' Conference Conference

26-28 March 2009
City as a stage for reform: Britain and Germany 1890-1914
Conveners: German Historical Institute, London; Centre for Urban History, Leicester; German Society for Urban History and Urban Research (GSU)

3) Call for Papers

Medieval History Seminar

Sixth Medieval History Seminar, to be held at the German Historical Institute London
Date: 8-11 October 2009

Conveners: Michael Borgolte (Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin), Frank Rexroth (Universität Göttingen), Patrick J. Geary (University of California, Los Angeles), Barbara H. Rosenwein (Loyola University Chicago), Dame Janet L. Nelson (King’s College London) and Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, University of London).

Deadline: 31 December 2008

New Approaches to Political History: Writing British and German Contemporary History

Summer School at the German Historical Institute London
Date: 7–12 September 2009

Deadline: 1 March 2009

4) Colloquia

The Colloquium offers an opportunity for the GHIL’s scholarship-holders to present and discuss their research projects. It can also serve as a general forum for British and German PhD-students and post-docs to discuss their work in progress. Generally the discussions are held in German and the meetings usually take place on Tuesdays at 5pm in the Common Room.

27 January 2009 (5pm)

Die Pfarreien in England im 13. Jahrhundert: Strukturen, Ressourcen und Klerus im Spannungsfeld konkurrierender Interessen

10 February 2009 (5pm)

Jugendfreiwilligenarbeit in Westdeutschland und in Großbritannien nach 1945

5) GHIL Bulletin, Autumn Issue

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

German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XXX, No. 2 (November 2008)



‘Acts of Time and Power’: The Consolidation of Aristocracy in Seventeenth-Century Europe, c.1580–1720 (Hamish M. Scott)

The Boys’ Own Papers: The Case of German POW Camp Newspapers in Britain, 1946–8 (Ingeborg F. Hellen)

Review Article

On the Occasion of Avian Flu and an Anniversary: The ‘Spanish’ Influenza Pandemic of 1918–19 Revisited (Eckard Michels)

Book Reviews

Jürgen Sarnowsky, Der Deutsche Orden (Nicolas Morton)

Knut Schulz, Die Freiheit des Bürgers: Städtische Gesellschaft im Hoch- und Spätmittelalter, ed. Matthias Krüger (David Nicholas)

Stefan Goebel, The Great War and Medieval Memory: War,Remembrance and Medievalism in Britain and Germany, 1914–1940 (Detlev Mares)

Holger Nehring and Florian Schui (eds.), Global Debates about Taxation (Evelyn Kolm)

Harold James, Family Capitalism: Wendels, Haniels, Falcks, and the Continental European Model (Cornelia Rauh)

Jonathan Wright, Germany and the Origins of the Second World War (Jürgen Förster)

Dirk Spilker, The East German Leadership and the Division of Germany: Patriotism and Propaganda 1945–53 (Dierk Hoffmann)

Hartmut Kaelble, Sozialgeschichte Europas 1945 bis zur Gegenwart (Holger Nehring)

Manfred Kittel, Vertreibung der Vertriebenen? Der historische deutsche Osten in der Erinnerungskultur der Bundesrepublik(1961–1982) (Pertti Ahonen)

Conference Reports

Cosmopolitan Networks in Commerce and Society,1660–1914 (Oliver Mallick)

Monarchy and Exile (Torsten Riotte)

Keeping Secrets: How Important was Intelligence for the Conduct of International Relations, 1914–89? (Karina Urbach)

Cultural Industries and Cultural Politics: Britain 1750–2000 (Stephan Schwanke)

Consumers in the Public Sphere: Conceptualizing the Political Public in a Consumer Society (Kerstin Brückweh and Carl Philipp Schuck)


Library News

Recent Acquisitions

6) New GHIL Publications

Dominik Geppert and Robert Gerwarth (eds.), Wilhelmine Germany and Edwardian Britain: Essays on Cultural Affinity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.- XII, 450 p. (Studies of the German Historical Institute London) ISBN 978-0-19-955828-5

7) Gerda Henkel-Visiting Professorship

The GERMAN HISTORICAL INSTITUTE LONDON together with THE INTERNATIONAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE announce The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship: a one-year post (from 1.10.2009), focused in the research area of ‘Germany in Europe, 1945-2000’

8) Library closures

The Library will be closed on Tuesday, 16th December from 2pm.

Christmas closure: The library will be closed from Monday, 22nd December 2008 to Friday, 2nd January 2009 and re-open on Monday 5th January.