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) Seminars and Public Lectures
  3. 3) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture
  4. 4) Conferences and Workshops
  5. 5) Postgraduate Students' Conference
  6. 6) Call for Papers
  7. 7) Prize of the German Historical Institute London
  8. 8) Joint Junior Research Fellowship
  9. 9) New Publications
  10. 10) GHIL Bulletin, November 2017

1) Library News

From 23 November all books with shelf-marks beginning with ‘Sa’ (German history, general) will have to be stored off-site for about a month and will not be accessible. If you require access to particular books from this section before January please speak to a librarian before 21 November.

The Library will close at 2pm on Tuesday 19th December.

Christmas Closure: The German Historical Institute will be closed from 23 December 2017 and reopens on 2 January 2018.

2) Seminars and Public Lectures

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.
5 December (5.30pm)
Frances Andrews (St Andrews)
Medieval Europe through Monastic Eyes

As global history takes centre stage, the interconnectedness of high medieval Europe might seem to be a given. Yet the widely held belief that medieval men and women lived their lives with little awareness of the world beyond their village and its fields persists. Nor do modern historians easily associate European interconnectedness with professional religious, the monks, nuns, and friars. This talk opens up an alternative view, exploring the many chapter meetings to which they travelled, how those meetings worked, and what they made of them, picturing medieval Europe through monastic eyes.
30 November (5.30pm)
Norman Domeier (Stuttgart)
The Secret Cooperation between Associated Press and Nazi Germany, 1942–1945

GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
New archival evidence reveals the existence of a secret German–American cooperation between Associated Press (AP) and the Bureau Laux, an agency of the SS and the German Foreign Office, during the war years 1942 to 1945. With the permission of the Roosevelt administration, AP and the Bureau Laux exchanged approximately 40,000 photographs by diplomatic pouch via Lisbon and Stockholm on a daily basis until spring 1945. In Berlin, the AP photos were presented to Hitler and the highest Nazi leadership every day. They were then used by the German press for anti-American and anti-Semitic propaganda. Conversely, thousands of Nazi photos received by AP New York were printed in the American and international press. This presentation sheds light on what was probably the only channel of communication between these enemies during the Second World War.
More information on seminars is available on the GHIL website.

3) Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture

28 November (6:30pm)
Arnd Bauerkämper
National Security and Humanity. The Internment of Civilian “Enemy Aliens” During the First World War

Venue: German Historical Institute London
In the “total” First World War civilian “enemy aliens” became targets of stringent state control and internment, frequently in the name of “national security”. On the other hand, national and international humanitarian organisations supported these helpless victims of the war. To what extent and how did debates and conflicts about the relationship between security and humanity impact on the changing balance?
The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship is a joint project of the GHIL and the International History Department of the LSE and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) Conferences and Workshops

26-27 January 2018
Heritage, Decolonisation and the Field

Venues: German Historical Institute London and UCL Institute of Archaeology
14-16 February 2018
In Global Transit. Jewish Migrants from Hitler’s Europe in Asia, Africa, and Beyond

Venue: Kolkata, India
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) Postgraduate Students' Conference

The German Historical Institute London will hold its 22nd postgraduate students' conference on 11-12 January 2018. 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.
Closing date for applications is 30 November 2017.
Please visit the GHIL website for further information.

6) Call for Papers

European Democracies: Origins, Evolutions, Challenges – A Workshop in Memory of Peter Blickle
Closing date: 30 November 2017

Fourteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History
Closing date: 1 February 2018

More information is available on the GHIL website.

7) Prize of the German Historical Institute London

We are delighted to announce that the joint winners of the 2017 prize of the German Historical Institute London for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis are Simon Mee for Monetary Mythology. The West German Central Bank and Historical Narratives, 1948-78 and Marcel Thomas for Local Lives, Parallel Histories. Villagers and Everyday Life in the Divided Germany. The prize was presented at the Annual Lecture of the GHIL on 3 November 2017. Congratulations to Simon Mee and Marcel Thomas!

8) Joint Junior Research Fellowship

Christina Brauner has been appointed Joint Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London, and the German Historical Institute London for 2017-18.
More information is available on the UCL website .

9) New Publications

Ulrich Niggemann: Revolutionserinnerung in der Frühen Neuzeit. Refigurationen der 'Glorious Revolution' in Großbritannien (1688- 1760) (Munich: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2017)
More information is available on the GHIL website.
Martina Steber: Die Hüter der Begriffe. Politische Sprachen des Konservativen in Großbritannien und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1945-1980 (Munich: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2017)
More information is available on the GHIL website.
Sandra Maß: Kinderstube des Kapitalismus. Monetäre Erziehung im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert (Munich: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2017)
More information is available on the GHIL website.
Benno Gammerl: Subjects, Citizens, and Others Administering Ethnic Heterogeneity in the British and Habsburg Empires, 1867-1918 (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2017)
More information is available on the GHIL website.
Tobias Wolffhardt: Unearthing the Past to Forge the Future Colin Mackenzie, the Early Colonial State, and the Comprehensive Survey of India (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2017)
More information is available on the GHIL website.

10) GHIL Bulletin, November 2017

The November issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online.
German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XXXIX, No. 2 (November 2017)



  • The History of the Idea of Lehnswesen (Susan Reynolds)
  • National Expectations and Transnational Infrastructure: The Media, Global News Coverage, and International Relations in the Age of High Imperialism (Dominik Geppert)

Review Article

  • Zukunftsweltmusik: Between Krautrock, Kraftwerk, and Sounds of (Other)Worldly ‘Germanness’ (Marlene Schrijnders)

Book Reviews

  • Stefanie Schild, Der Investiturstreit in England (Robert Houghton)
  • Jennifer Bain, Hildegard of Bingen and Musical Reception: The Modern Revival of a Medieval Composer (Stefan Morent)
  • Philip N. Haberkern, Patron Saint and Prophet: Jan Hus in the Bohemian and German Reformations (Armin Kohnle and Eike Thomsen)
  • David Scott Gehring (ed.), Diplomatic Intelligence on the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark during the Reigns of Elizabeth I and James VI: Three Treatises (Hannes Ziegler)
  • Graham Jefcoate, Deutsche Drucker und Buchhändler in London 1680–1811: Strukturen und Bedeutung des deutschen Anteils am englischen Buchhandel (Michael Schaich)
  • Ulrich L. Lehner, The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement (Thomas Wallnig)
  • Jan Rüger, Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the Struggle for the North Sea (Dieter Langewiesche)
  • Bradley W. Hart, George Pitt-Rivers and the Nazis (Bernhard Dietz)
  • Greg Eghigian, The Corrigible and the Incorrigible: Science, Medicine, and the Convict in Twentieth-Century Germany (Anne Gnausch)
  • Cornelius Torp, Gerechtigkeit im Wohlfahrtsstaat: Alter und Alterssicherung in Deutschland und Großbritannien von 1945 bis heute (Bernhard Rieger)
  • Barbara Marshall, Die deutsche Vereinigung in Akademia: West- und Ostdeutsche im Gründungsprozess der Universität Potsdam (Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk)

Conference Reports

  • Competitors and Companions: Britons and Germans in the World (Tobias Becker)
  • The Divided Nation: German–German History 1945–1990 (Victoria Thum)
  • Moralizing Commerce in a Globalizing World: Multidisciplinary Approaches to a History of Economic Conscience, 1600–1900 (Alexandra Gittermann)

Library News

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