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. 1) Library News
  2. 2) GHIL Seminar
  3. 3) Public Lecture
  4. 4) Conferences and Workshops
  5. 5) Postgraduate Students' Conference
  6. 6) Kolloquium
  7. 7) Post-Doc-Stipendium
  8. 8) Online Bibiliography
  9. 9) GHIL Podcast
  10. 10) GHIL Bulletin, November 2013

1) Library News

Christmas Closure: The Institute will be closed from Saturday, 21 December to Friday, 3 January and re-open on Monday, 6 January.

Restricted Access: Please note that there will be restricted access to some library holdings (Sf, Sg and Sh) on Friday 29 November and Friday 6 December from 2pm. Books from these holdings will still be available but may have to be fetched by library staff. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

2) GHIL Seminar

Seminars are held at 5.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute. Tea is served from 5 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.
26 November (5.30pm)
Beyond Exclusivism: On the Three Rings, the Three Impostors, and the Discourse of Multiplicity during the Middle Ages

Are monotheistic religions intolerant by nature? This question has been widely discussed with special attention to historical events such as the Crusades, the Inquisition, and jihad between 600 and 1500. This seminar discusses religious diversity during the Middle Ages, reassessing the well-known stories of the three rings and the three impostors.

3) Public Lecture

4 December (5.30pm)
Towards Post-Classical Democracy: Political Change and Historical Discourse in Contemporary Germany

GHIL in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Present-day Western democracy is not what it was in the immediate post-war era. But how can we historically account for the profound changes that started a generation ago and have intensified globally over the past few years? And why are Germans today so particularly concerned about the fate, and possible demise, of democracy? The lecture discusses the tensions between historical transformation and contemporary discourse in what is arguably one of the most urgent topics of the early twenty-first century.

4) Conferences and Workshops

28-30 November
Writing the Lives of the Poor

Venue: German Historical Institute London

5-7 December
The Consumer on the Home Front: World War II Civilian Consumption in Comparative Perspective

Venue: German Historical Institute London

5) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 18th postgraduate students' conference on 9-10 January 2014. Its intention is to give postgraduate research students in the UK and Ireland working on German history an opportunity to present their work-in-progress, and to discuss it with other students working in the same field. All 2nd and 3rd year students are encouraged to present a paper on their PhD project. First year students are also welcome.

Deadline for application is 30 November 2013.

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.
26 November (2.30pm)

Konfrontation und Interaktion. Staatsbesuche zwischen Nationalsozialismus und Faschismus 1931-1944
10 December (3pm)

Conversion - Civilisation - Development. Catholic Missionaries between East Africa and Germany, 1880s-1940s
Der britische Staat und die politische Gewalt des Nordirlandkonflikts von 1969 bis 1981

7) Post-Doc-Stipendium

Das DHI London vergibt für den Zeitraum 1. April 2014 bis 30. September 2014 ein Post-Doc-Stipendium (Forschungsprojekt aus einem der Arbeitsbereiche „Geschichte des Politischen“, „Kolonialismus und Kolonialgeschichte“ und „Fürsorge und Solidarität“).

Bewerbungsschluß: 31. Dezember 2013

8) Online Bibiliography

The Bibliography German Research on British History (2006-2011) is now available online. As a guide to current research this online bibliography provides bibliographical data on scholarly works on British history – including Ireland – and the history of the British Empire/Commonwealth by historians based in Germany and at German research institutions.

9) GHIL Podcast

Dorothee Wierling: Coffee Worlds: Global Players and Local Actors in 20th-Century Germany
(Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture, 22 October 2013)
Sander Gilman: Cosmopolitanism and the Jews
(Leo Baeck Institute Lecture, 2 October 2013)
The audio recordings of these events are now available as downloads on the GHIL website.

10) GHIL Bulletin, November 2013

The November issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online.

German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XXXV, No. 2 (November 2013)


Special Theme: Solidarity and Care

  • Solidarity and Care: A Research Area of the GHIL (Andreas Gestrich)
  • Pauper Letters and Petitions for Poor Relief in Germany and Great Britain, 1770–1914 (Andreas Gestrich and Steven A. King)
  • Petitions to the Council of the Free Imperial City of Frankfurt am Main, 1765–1809 (Daniela Heinisch)
  • Solidarity with Children? Towards a History of Adoption (Benedikt Stuchtey)
  • Poverty Research from Below: Letters and Petitions by the Poor (Anke Sczesny)


  • The First World War as a ‘Rupture’ in the European History of the Twentieth Century: A Contribution to the Hermeneutics of Not-Understanding (Lucian Hölscher)

Book Reviews

  • Ludger Körntgen and Dominik Waßenhoven (eds.), Religion and Politics in the Middle Ages: Germany and England by Comparison (Levi Roach)
  • Johannes Fried, Canossa: Entlarvung einer Legende. Eine Streitschrift (Kathleen G. Cushing)
  • Michael van Dussen, From England to Bohemia: Heresy and Communication in the Later Middle Ages (Peter Hilsch)
  • Martha White Paas, The Kipper und Wipper Inflation, 1619–23: An Economic History with Contemporary German Broadsheets (Ulrich Rosseaux)
  • Eva Giloi, Monarchy, Myth, and Material Culture in Germany 1750–1950 (Thomas Biskup)
  • Roland Wenzlhuemer, Connecting the Nineteenth-Century World: The Telegraph and Globalization (David Paull Nickles)
  • Tatjana Tönsmeyer, Adelige Moderne: Großgrundbesitz und ländliche Gesellschaft in England und Böhmen 1848–1918 (William D. Godsey)
  • Matthew S. Seligmann, The Royal Navy and the German Threat 1901–1914: Admiralty Plans to Protect British Trade in a War Against Germany (Andreas Rose)
  • Thomas Rohkrämer, Die fatale Attraktion des Nationalsozialismus: Über die Popularität eines Unrechtsregimes (Matthew Stibbe)
  • Vera K. Fast, Children’s Exodus: A History of the Kindertransport (Benigna Schönhagen)
  • Tobias Seidl, Führerpersönlichkeiten: Deutungen und Interpretationen deutscher Wehrmachtgeneräle in britischer Kriegsgefangenschaft (MacGregor Knox)
  • Clayton J. Whisnant, Male Homosexuality in West Germany: Be tween Persecution and Freedom, 1945–69 (Benno Gammerl)

Conference Reports

  • Missionaries at War: The Impact of Global Conflict on Christian Missions in the Twentieth Century (John Stuart)
  • Mixed Courts: Dynasty, Politics, and Religion in the Early Modern World (André Bochynski and Tobias Zober)
  • The European Welfare State in a Global Context (Valeska Huber and Nicole Kramer)
  • Social Planning in Late Colonial and Postcolonial Societies (1920s–1960s) (Valeska Huber)
  • Forward from the Past: The Kindertransport from a Contemporary Perspective (Aaron Jochim)
  • The Territorial State after 1989: Decline, Transformation, or Persistence? (Thorsten Holzhauser and Andreas Lutsch)

Library News

  • Recent Acquisitions