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) Valedictory Lecture
  3. 3) GHIL Seminars
  4. 4) Public Lecture
  5. 5) Conferences and Workshops
  6. 6) Exhibition
  7. 7) Kolloquium
  8. 8) Prize of the German Historical Institute London
  9. 9) New Publication
  10. 10) GHIL Bulletin, May 2018

1) Library News

Please note that there will be no late openings in August, therefore the library will close at 5pm on Thursdays.

2) Valedictory Lecture

6 July (6.30pm)
Andreas Gestrich (GHIL)
Land of Hope and ... The Past and Future in the Language of Modern British Politics

Venue: London School of Economics, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ
Seating is limited, registration is via email events(ghi) only.

3) GHIL Seminars

New Approaches to the History of Knowledge
Lecture Series | Autumn Term 2018
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.
13 November
Lauren Kassell (Cambridge)
Inscriptions, Digitization, and the Shape of Knowledge: Lessons from the Casebooks Project

Day by day, around 1600, a pair of English astrologer–physicians documented their consultations, filling 30,000 manuscript pages with cases. This is one of the largest surviving sets of private medical records in history. Reflecting on what it means to create a new archive out of an old archive, this talk focuses on the Casebooks Project, a tool for searching these records. It brings together approaches from the histories of science and medicine to the production of knowledge, both on paper and in xml, with broader questions about the history of record-keeping and the nature of scholarship in the twenty-first century.
20 November
Miles Ogborn (London)
The Great Map of Mankind: The Historical Geography of Early Modern Knowledge

This talk considers the history of knowledge as a geographical problem, suggesting that where knowledge was produced matters to how it was produced and to its contents and uses. Drawing on research on the English East India Company in India and on the slave societies of the British Caribbean—and focusing on modes of communication in speech, script, and print—the talk will demonstrate the different scales, and the different sorts of spaces, places, and networks that need to be taken into account to understand the history of knowledge about Europe and the world beyond it.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

4) Public Lecture

11 October (5.30pm)
Neil Gregor (Southampton)
German Orchestras, the Volksgemeinschaft, and the Persecution of the Jews, 1933–1945

GHIL in co-operation with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
This lecture examines the ways in which antisemitism manifested itself in German concert life during the Nazi era. Drawing on a wide variety of examples ranging from prestige civic institutions such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra to small provincial theatre orchestras, it examines how the social practice of the symphony concert became infected with the racist agendas of the National Socialist movement. It also notes, however, the presence of other social and political logics in operation in the concert hall, and argues that the underlying forms of bourgeois sociability centred on this space remained largely intact, providing a site on which forms of social distinction were maintained despite the social egalitarianism of the regime.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

5) Conferences and Workshops

19-21 July
Movable Goods and Immovable Property. Gender, Law and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (1450‒1850)

9th Conference of the European network “Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures”
Conveners: Annette Cremer (Gießen), Hannes Ziegler (London)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
3-5 September
Anglo-German Doctoral Seminar in Early Modern Religious History

Verein für Reformationsgeschichte (Society for Reformation History) and the German Historical Institute London (GHIL)
Organizers: Bridget Heal (St Andrews), Thomas Kaufmann (Göttingen), Matthias Pohlig (Münster), and Michael Schaich (GHIL). With participation from Anselm Schubert (Erlangen), Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), Jonathan Willis (Birmingham), and Markus Wriedt (Frankfurt)
Venue: German Historical Institute London
More information is available on the GHIL website.

6) Exhibition

Anti-Authoritarians; Berlin 1968 / 2018
An Exhibition of Photographs by Colin Robins
In memory of Michael John Underwood 1948-2015
10 May to 31 July 2018 at the German Historical Institute London.
Opening hours: Mo, Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am – 5pm; Thursday: 10am – 8pm
This is a photographic project documenting people that had been either directly involved in, or came in the wake of, the 1960s anti-authoritarian movement as it developed in Berlin.
More information is available on the GHIL website.

7) 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.
24 July (5pm)
Alexander Olenik (Bonn)

Die Alliierte Kommandantur Berlin 1945-1955
21 August (5pm)
Karen Froitzheim (Augsburg)

Nachhaltigkeit in Unternehmen nach der Rio-Konferenz 1992: Zur Ökonomisierung des Leitbilds Nachhaltige Entwicklung in Deutschland und Großbritannien
28 August (5pm)
Gil Shohat (Berlin)

Anticolonial Encounters. London, the Left and Decolonisation in Britain, 1930s-1960s
18 September (3pm)
Markus Laufs (Bonn)

Ein diplomatisches „Weltwunder“. Praktiken von Friedensvermittlung von Vervins bis Rijswijk (1598-1697)
18. September (5pm)
Miloš Vojinović (Berlin)

Policy Making in a Global Framework: The Idea of Imperial Federation in the Politics of the British Empire, c. 1900-1914

8) 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 2018
More information is available on the GHIL website.

9) New Publication

Richard Bessel and Dorothee Wierling (eds.): Inside World War One? The First World War and its Witnesses (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

More information is available on the GHIL website.

10) GHIL Bulletin, May 2018

The May issue of the Bulletin of the German Historical Institute London is now available online.
German Historical Institute London Bulletin  Volume XL, No. 1 (May 2018)

Narrating the Nineteenth Century: New Approaches

  • Preface (Andreas Gestrich)
  • Writing the History of Nineteenth-Century Europe (Richard J. Evans)
  • Rewriting the British Nineteenth Century (David Cannadine)


  • Princesses, Semen, and Separation: Masculinity and Body Politics in Nineteenth-Century German Historiography (Falko Schnicke)
  • National Security and Humanity: The Internment of Civilian ‘Enemy Aliens’ during the First World War (Arnd Bauerkämper)

Classics Reread

  • A Heroic Work of Extraordinary Scholarship: On the New Translated Edition of H. G. Adler’s Theresienstadt of 1960 (Ben Barkow)

Review Article

  • Forgotten, not Forgiven? New German-Language Works on the 1918/19 German Revolution (Alex Burkhardt)

Book Reviews

  • Peter H. Wilson, The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe’s History (Harriet Rudolph)
  • Jörg Peltzer, 1066: Der Kampf um England’s Krone; Dominik Waßenhoven, 1066: Englands Eroberung durch die Normannen (Johanna Dale)
  • Joseph Isaac Lifshitz, Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg and the Foundation of Jewish Political Thought (Görge K. Hasselhoff)
  • Matthias Pohlig, Marlboroughs Geheimnis: Strukturen und Funktionen der Informationsgewinnung im Spanischen Erbfolgekrieg (John B. Hattendorf)
  • Mark Hewitson, Absolute War: Violence and Mass Warfare in the German Lands, 1792–1820; The People’s War: Histories of Violence in the German Lands, 1820–1888 (Gundula Gahlen)
  • Brodie A. Ashton, The Kingdom of Württemberg and the Making of Germany, 1815–1871 (Georg Eckert)
  • Stig Förster (ed.), Vor dem Sprung ins Dunkle: Die militärische Debatte über den Krieg der Zukunft 1880–1914 (Alaric Searle)
  • Maren Jung-Diestelmeier, ‘Das verkehrte England’: Visuelle Stereotype auf Postkarten und deutsche Selbstbilder 1899–1918 (Richard Scully)
  • Pierpaolo Barbieri, Hitler’s Shadow Empire: Nazi Economics and the Spanish Civil War (Jürgen Finger)
  • Tim Cole, Holocaust Landscapes (Christoph Nübel)
  • Bronson Long, No Easy Occupation: French Control of the German Saar, 1944–1957 (Rainer Hudemann)
  • Susan L. Carruthers, The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace (Camilo Erlichman)

Conference Reports

  • Cultures of Conservatism in the United States and Western Europe between the 1970s and 1990s (Tobias Becker, Anna von der Goltz, and Martina Steber)
  • Medieval History Seminar (Philipp Meller)
  • Shaping the Officer: Communities and Practices of Accountability in Premodern Europe (Justine Moreno)