German Historical Institute London

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  1. 1) Library News
  2. 2) Public Lecture
  3. 3) Conferences and Workshops
  4. 4) Call for Papers
  5. 5) Kolloquium
  6. 6) Prize of the German Historical Institute London
  7. 7) New Publications
  8. 8) GHIL Podcast
  9. 9) GHIL Bulletin, May 2016

1) Library News

Please note that there will be no late openings in August. During this time the library will close at 5pm on Thursdays.
The Institute will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday, 12 July.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

2) Public Lecture

19 July (5.30pm)
Nandini Manjrekar (Mumbai)
Social Context and Educational ‘Reform’ in the Sanskarnagari: Baroda in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century

TRG Event.
Venue: German Historical Institute London
This paper explores education in the city of Baroda, often referred to by the epithet Sanskarnagari, or city of culture. In the extant discourse on Baroda’s educational ‘achievements’, we find the intertwining imaginations of education as a public good, a transformative experience that should be available to all persons across social hierarchies of class, caste, gender, region, and religion. This paper argues that education formed a key focus of the evolution of Baroda as a Sanskarnagari. However, larger questions of education of the city's public remained mired within the contradictions between a liberal ideology of equal educational opportunity and a deeply unequal social structure. The paper examines these contestations in its own time, principally focusing on the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Baroda, where the wider social imagination of its enlightened ruler Sayajirao Gaekwad and the reformist polices he attempted to put into place were set against the social structures of his times.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

3) Conferences and Workshops

18-22 July
14th Summer School in British History: The Scientific Revolution
Conveners/Organisers: Historisches Seminar der Ludwig-Maxiliams-Universität München; German Historical Institute London
Venue: Historisches Seminar der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
15-17 September
The Protestant Reformation and Its Radical Critiques
Joint Conference by the Volkswagen Foundation, the University of St Andrews and the German Historical Institute London
Venue: German Historical Institute London
29–30 September
The Allied Occupation of Germany Revisited: New Research on the Western Zones of Occupation, 1945-1949
Conveners: Dr Christopher Knowles (King’s College London), Dr Camilo Erlichman (Edinburgh/Cologne) German Historical Institute London
Venue: German Historical Institute London
More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) Call for Papers

The Long End of the First World War. Ruptures, Continuities and Memories
8-10 May 2017
Venue: Herrenhausen Palace, Herrenhäuser Straße 4A, 30419 Hannover, Germany
Closing date: 1 November 2016
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) 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 July (2.30pm)

Julia Hauser (Kassel)
Embracing the World. An Entangled History of Vegetarianism (c. 1800 – 1957)
Amelia Wiegeshoff (Marburg)
Von Menschen und Erregern. Eine globalhistorische Untersuchung seuchenpolitischen Handelns (ca. 1870 – 1919)

26 July (4:30pm)

Radhika Mishra (Delhi University)
Schooling the Poor. Aspects of Educational Practice and Social Policy towards Working People in British India ca. 1880-1940
M P Dhaneesh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi)
A New Cultural Artefact. The Book in Colonial Keralam (1829-1950)

23 August (2pm)

Norman Aselmeyer (EUI Florenz)
Imperialism, Technology, and Landscape: The Construction of the Uganda Railway in British East Africa, c. 1895-1903
Arno Barth (Duisburg-Essen)
Bevölkerungspolitik als Risikomanagement der Pariser Friedensordnung
David Noack (Mannheim)
Das zweite Turnier der Schatten – Das Agieren der Großmächte Deutschland, Großbritannien und Sowjetunion in Sowjetisch- und Chinesisch-Turkestan 1919-1933

30 August (5pm)

Christoph Galle (Marburg)
Predigten des Frühmittelalters

6 September (2pm)

Jenny Standke (Göttingen)
Karrieren zwischen Hof und Wissenschaft. Ärzte und Chirurgen an den Höfen in London und Hannover im Zeitalter der Personalunion
Vernessa Oberhansl (Frankfurt a.M.)
Kapitalismus, Krise und Nation. Wirtschaft und gesellschaftliche Selbstbeschreibung in Deutschland und England im 19. Jahrhundert
Patrick Rummel (Marburg)
Antike Kolonisation und britisches Empire. Griechische Kolonisierung als Modell imperialer Rekonfiguration, 1850-1900

6) Prize of the German Historical Institute London

The Prize of the German Historical Institute London is awarded annually for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis on German history (submitted to a British or Irish university), British history or the history of the British Empire (submitted to a German university), Anglo-German relations, or an Anglo-German comparative topic.
Submission deadline for this year's prize: 31 July 2016
More information is available on the GHIL website.

7) New Publications

Johannes Paulmann (ed.): Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid in the Twentieth Century (Oxford: OUP, 2016)
More information is available on the GHIL website.
Jörg Neuheiser: Crown, Church and Constitution. Popular Conservatism in England, 1815-1867 (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016)
More information is available on the GHIL website.
Beate Althammer, Lutz Raphael, and Tamara Stazic-Wendt (eds.): Rescuing the Vulnerable. Poverty, Welfare and Social Ties in Modern Europe (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016)
More information is available on the GHIL website.
Felix Brahm and Eve Rosenhaft (eds.): Slavery Hinterland. Transatlantic Slavery and Continental Europe, 1680–1850 (Woodbridge, Rochester, NY: Boydell, 2016)
More information is available on the Boydell & Brewer website.

8) GHIL Podcast

Lecture series Narrating the Nineteenth Century: New Approaches

  • David Cannadine: Rewriting the British Nineteenth Century.
  • Johannes Paulmann: How Close is the Nineteenth Century? Contemporary Reflections on a History of Europe.
  • Willibald Steinmetz: Writing a History of Nineteenth-Century Europe: Challenges, Conundrums, Complexities.
  • Richard J. Evans: Writing the History of Nineteenth-Century Europe.

The audio recording of these lectures are now available as downloads on the GHIL website.

9) GHIL Bulletin, May 2016

The May issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online.
German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XXXVIII, No. 1 (May 2016)



  • Imperial Entanglements: Britain, German East Africa, and Internment During the First World War (Mahon Murphy)
  • The Great War: No Defeat—No Victory. In Memory of Polish Pacifist and War Theorist Jean de Bloch (Ulrich Herrmann)

Book Reviews

  • Ulla Kypta, Die Autonomie der Routine: Wie im 12. Jahrhundert das englische Schatzamt entstand (John Sabapathy)
  • June L. Mecham, Sacred Communities, Shared Devotions: Gender, Material Culture, and Monasticism in Late Medieval Germany, ed. Alison I. Beach, Constance H. Berman, and Lisa M. Bitel (Hedwig Röckelein)
  • Stefano Saracino, Republikanische Träume von der Macht: Die Utopie als politische Sprache im England des 17. Jahrhunderts (Andreas Pecar)
  • Todd H. Weir, Secularism and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Germany: The Rise of the Fourth Confession (Klaus Große Kracht)
  • Christof Dejung, Die Fäden des globalen Marktes: Eine Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte des Welthandels am Beispiel der Handelsfirma Gebrüder Volkart 1851–1999 (Robert Lee)
  • Naci Yorulmaz, Arming the Sultan: German Arms Trade and Personal Diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire before World War I (Felix Brahm)
  • Anthony McElligott, Rethinking the Weimar Republic: Authority and Authoritarianism, 1916–1936 (Alex Burkhardt)
  • Florian Greiner, Wege nach Europa: Deutungen eines imaginierten Kontinents in deutschen, britischen und amerikanischen Printmedien, 1914–1945
  • Ariane Brill, Abgrenzung und Hoffnung: ‘Europa’ in der deutschen, britischen und amerikanischen Presse, 1945–1980 (Wolfram Kaiser) 72
  • Catherine Plum, Antifascism After Hitler: East German Youth and Socialist Memory, 1949–1989 (Tilmann Siebeneichner)

Conference Reports

  • Languages of the Global: Women and International Political Thought (Katharina Rietzler)
  • Natural History, Religion, and Politics in the Victorian Age (Sükran Karadas and Julia Müller-Seewald)
  • Nostalgia: Historicizing the Longing for the Past (Elisa Heuser)
  • Emotional Journeys: Itinerant Theatres, Audiences, and Adaptation in the Long Nineteenth Century (Tobias Becker)
  • The Global Public: Its Power and its Limits (Felix Brahm)

Library News

  • Recent Acquisitions