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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1) Christmas Closure
2) Library News
3) Prize of the German Historical Institute
4) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures
5) Conferences and Workshops
6) Kolloquium
7) Special Events
8) GHIL Bulletin, Autumn Issue
9) New Publication

1) Christmas Closure

The Institute will be closed from Thursday, 22 December to Monday, 2 January and re-open on Tuesday, 3 January.

2) Library News

Please note that the library will be closed on Friday, 27 January. The library will also have to close early on Tuesday, 20 December, at 2pm.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

3) Prize of the German Historical Institute

This year's winner of the GHIL Prize for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis on German history, British history, Anglo-German relations, or an Anglo-German comparative topic is David Motadel (University of Cambridge) for Germany’s Policy towards Islam, 1941-1945. The prize was awarded on the occasion of the Annual Lecture on 11 November.

Read more about the prizes of the German Historical Institute.

4) GHIL Seminars and Public Lectures

GHIL Seminars

17 January
The Moltkes: A Very British Family

7 February
Mapping European Historiography 1800 to 2005: New Perspectives on the Interrelationship between Historiography and European Nation-Building

14 February
Uses of the Visual in the German Renaissance

6 March
Black People under Nazi Rule: Perspectives on the ‘Racial State’


Public Lectures

29 November
‘Politics of Privatization’: Germany and Western Europe 1970–2000

GHIL in co-operation with the Research Seminar on Modern European Social and Cultural History of the University of Oxford

8 December (5.30pm)
Mussolini, Hitler, Franco: The Construction of Charismatic Leader ship

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

23 February (5.30pm)
West Germany in a World of Oil: Energy and Foreign Policy in the Oil Crisis 1973–4

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

Seminars and 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.

5) Conferences and Workshops

1-3 December
Screen Culture and the Social Question: Poverty on Screen 1880 – 1914
Venue: German Historical Institute London

9 December
Ninth Workshop on Early Modern German History
Venue: German Historical Institute London

12-13 January 2012
Postgraduate Students' Conference
Venue: German Historical Institute London

26-28 January
Diverging Paths? Conservatism in Britain and West Germany from the 1960s to the 1980s
Venue: German Historical Institute London

8-10 March
European Remigrations in the Twentieth Century
Venue: German Historical Institute London

6) Kolloquium

The research seminar in German language 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.

29 November (2:30pm)

A temple of growth for industrialized countries. The growth paradigm and the OEEC/OECD, 1950s-1980s

7) Special Events

2 December (6pm)

Professor Mervyn Heard’s Magic Lantern Show
Venue: The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
More information

3 November 2011 to 2 February 2012

Exhibition "Faces of the Peaceful Revolution 1989/90"
Photographs by Dirk Vogel
More information

8) 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 XXXIII, No. 2 (November 2011)



The Power of Weakness: Machiavelli Revisited (Annette Kehnel)

Book Reviews

James T. Palmer, Anglo-Saxons in a Frankish World, 690-900 (Dominik Waßenhoven)

Jens Schneider, Auf der Suche nach dem verlorenen Reich: Lotharingien im 9. und 10. Jahrhundert (Levi Roach)

Giles Constable, Crusaders and Crusading in the Twelfth Century (Dorothea Weltecke)

Folker Reichert with the assistance of Margit Stolberg-Vowinckel (eds.), Quellen zur Geschichte des Reisens im Spätmittelalter (Alan V. Murray)

Howard Louthan, Converting Bohemia: Force and Persuasion in the Catholic Reformation; Rita Krueger, Czech, German and Noble: Status and National Identity in Habsburg Bohemia (Joachim Bahlcke)

Gisela Mettele, Weltbürgertum oder Gottesreich: Die Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine als globale Gemeinschaft 1727-1857 (Katherine Carté Engel)

Derek Beales, Joseph II, ii. Against the World, 1780-1790 (Reinhard A. Stauber)

Colin Storer, Britain and the Weimar Republic: The History of a Cultural Relationship (Thomas Wittek)

Derek Hastings, Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism: Religious Identity and National Socialism (Christoph Kösters)

Eckart Conze, Norbert Frei, Peter Hayes, and Moshe Zimmermann, Das Amt und die Vergangenheit: Deutsche Diplomaten im Dritten Reich und in der Bundesrepublik (Eckard Michels)

Stefan Berger and Norman LaPorte, Friendly Enemies: Britain and the GDR, 1949-1990 (Arnd Bauerkämper)

Conference Reports

Networking across the Channel: England and Halle Pietismin the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Erik Nagel)

From Planning to Crisis Management? Time, Futures, and Politics in West Germany and Britain from the 1960s to the 1980s Reinhild Kreis)

Global History: Connected Histories or a History of Connections? (Birgit Tremml)

Middle East Missions: Nationalism, Religious Liberty, and Cultural Encounter (Heather J. Sharkey)

9) New Publication

Richard Bessel and Claudia B. Haake (eds.), Removing Peoples: Forced Removal in the Modern World (OUP, 2009) is now available as a paperback.