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 Seminars
  3. 3) Public Lecture
  4. 4) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
  5. 5) Conferences and Workshops
  6. 6) Postgraduate Students' Conference
  7. 7) Call for Papers
  8. 8) Kolloquium
  9. 9) Book Launch
  10. 10) TRG Events
  11. 11) GHIL Podcast
  12. 12) New Publication
  13. 13) GHIL Bulletin, November 2014

1) Library News

Christmas Closure: The Library will be closed from Tuesday, 23 December to Friday, 2 January and re-open on Monday, 5 January.

2) GHIL Seminars

Seminars are held at 5.30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the German Historical Institute. Guided tours of the Library are available before each seminar at 4.30 p.m.

2 December (5.30pm)
Heroism in Late Medieval Burgundy

The court of the Dukes of Valois is considered one of the pioneers of emerging statehood in Europe. The forms of representation practised at the court, however, were inspired by traditional concepts of chivalric– aristocratic culture, referring to heroic images of the ancient, biblical, and medieval past. The lecture will explore the media and practices of promoting heroism in political communication in Burgundy.
16 December (5.30pm)
There are No Slaves in Prussia?

The lecture discusses slavery in Brandenburg–Prussia during the reign of Frederick the Great (1740–86), a topic long neglected as Frederick’s realm was not regarded as a slave-trading nation, either at the time or in modern historiography. Yet imports of black slaves and the repercussions of the transatlantic slave trade continued, in a central European country without colonies.

3) Public Lecture

27 November (5.30pm)
The End of Modern Statehood? Globalization and the Nation-State

GHIL in cooperation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Globalization seems to be threatening the most successful form of modern statehood: the nation-state. The political autonomy of national governments and the capacity for self-government of national societies seem to be waning in a world of growing global cultural and economic interrelations. This lecture will examine such diagnoses from a historical perspective. It will argue that modern statehood has developed in response to globalization since the nineteenth century; the nation-state is neither static nor self-contained. Rather, it is a product as well as an actor of globalization. Therefore globalization is responsible for the nation-state’s genesis as much as for its current transformation.

4) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture

4 December (6.30pm)
Welfare in the Warfare State: Nazi social policy on the international stage

London School of Economics
Clement House, Lecture Room 5.02
99 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF
This lecture will investigate the international debates triggered by the social welfare measures the Third Reich introduced in the 1930s and 1940s. Job creation schemes, marriage loans, eugenic measures, and much more were part of Nazi propaganda abroad. What were the regime’s aims? And how did other societies respond?

5) Conferences and Workshops

5-7 February 2015
Dreams of Germany – Music and (Trans)national Imaginaries in the Modern Era

Venue: German Historical Institute London

6) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 19th postgraduate students' conference on 8-9 January 2015. 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 2014.

7) Call for Papers

Twelfth Workshop on Early Modern German History
Closing date: 11 January 2015
Medieval History Seminar 2015
Closing date: 31 January 2015

8) 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.
25 November (3pm)

Heroisierungen in der lateinischen Biographik und Hagiographik Englands (ca. 850-1150)
Spicing up life - Changes in European dietetics following the European spice trade with Asia
9 December (3pm)

Social Space in Worker Neighbourhoods of Ahmedabad
Die Ursprünge der ultra vires Doktrin im common law
16 December (2.30pm)

Die transnationale Rezeption europäischer Forschungsreisen im Pazifik während der zweiten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts

9) Book Launch

12 January 2015 (5pm)
Book Launch: “Popular Musical Theatre in London and Berlin, 1890-1939”
, edited by Len Platt, Tobias Becker and David Linton, Cambridge University Press 2014
Venue: Court Room at Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU

10) TRG Events

24-25 November
Conference: Inequality, Education and Social Power

Transnational Research Group Poverty and Education in India in cooperation with Forum for Transregional Studies, Berlin
Venue: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Berlin
8-9 December
National Workshop on Caste, Experience and Poverty of Education: Perspectives from South India

Transnational Research Group Poverty and Education in India in cooperation with Manipal University
Venue: Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Manipal

11) GHIL Podcast

Miles Taylor: Empire and the Turn to Collectivism in British Social Policy, c.1860-1914
(Annual Lecture 2014)
The audio recording of this event is now available as download on the GHIL website.

12) New Publication

Margrit Schulte Beerbühl: The Forgotten Majority. German Merchants in London, Naturilization, and Global Trade, 1660–1815 
(Studies in British and Imperial History, Volume 3)
More information is available on the GHIL website.

13) GHIL Bulletin, November 2014

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

German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XXXVI, No. 2 (November 2014)



  • Creative Misunderstandings: Circulating Objects and the Transfer of Knowledge within the Personal Union of Hanover and Great Britain (Dominik Collet)
  • Coffee Worlds: Global Players and Local Actors in Twentieth-Century Germany (Dorothee Wierling)

Book Reviews

  • Andreas Bihrer, Begegnungen zwischen dem ostfränkisch–deutschen Reich und England (850–1100): Kontakte—Konstellationen—Funktionalisierungen—Wirkungen (Jinty Nelson)
  • Jonathan Riley-Smith, The Knights Hospitaller in the Levant, c.1070–1309 (Karl Borchardt)
  • Florian Schui, Rebellious Prussians: Urban Political Culture under Frederick the Great and his Successors (Peter-Michael Hahn)
  • Jeff Bowersox, Raising Germans in the Age of Empire: Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871–1914 (Winfried Speitkamp)
  • Jennifer Drake Askey, Good Girls, Good Germans: Girls’ Education and Emotional Nationalism in Wilhelminian Germany (Juliane Jacobi)
  • Christian Bailey, Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: German Visions of Europe, 1926–1950 (Florian Greiner)
  • Dorothea McEwan, Fritz Saxl—Eine Biografie: Aby Warburgs Bibliothekar und erster Direktor des Londoner Warburg Institutes (Pablo Schneider)
  • Francis Graham-Dixon, The Allied Occupation of Germany: The Refugee Crisis, Denazification and the Path to Reconstruction (Camilo Erlichman)

Conference Reports

  • Writing the Lives of the Poor (T. G. Ashplant)
  • Intelligence in World History, c.1500–1918 (Tobias Graf)
  • Making and Breaking the Rules: Discussion, Implementation, and Consequences of Dominican Legislation (Claudia Hefter)
  • War and Childhood in the Age of the World Wars: Local and Global Perspectives (Mischa Honeck, Susanne Quitmann, and Stina Barrenscheen)
  • Remembering (Post)Colonial Violence: Silence, Suffering, and Reconciliation (Alexander Bräuer)

Library News

  • Recent Acquisitions