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GHIL Lecture

Tanika Sarkar

The Past in the Present
Historical Pedagogy of Hindu Nationalism in India
Summer Lecture Series
29 June 2021 , 0:59 h

GHIL Lecture

Tanika Sarkar

The Past in the Present
Historical Pedagogy of Hindu Nationalism in India

GHIL Lecture

Barbara Manthe

Writing a History of Right-Wing Terrorism in Post-WWII Germany
Chances, Challenges, and the Need for New Narratives
Summer Lecture Series
15 June 2021 , 0:35 h

GHIL Lecture

Barbara Manthe

Writing a History of Right-Wing Terrorism in Post-WWII Germany
Chances, Challenges, and the Need for New Narratives

GHIL Lecture

Amy S. Kaufman

Medievalism, Extremism, and “White History”
Summer Lecture Series
25 May 2021 , 0:37 h

GHIL Lecture

Amy S. Kaufman

Medievalism, Extremism, and “White History”

Joint Lecture

Round Table

Confronting Histories of Violence and Populism
What can be learnt from “the Germans”? What have "the Germans" yet to learn?
Summer Lecture Series
4 May 2021 , 1:11 h

Joint Lecture

Round Table

Confronting Histories of Violence and Populism
What can be learnt from “the Germans”? What have "the Germans" yet to learn?




GHIL Podcast

Hannah Skoda

‘How I long for the good old days’: Nostalgia and Social Change in the Long Fourteenth Century

GHIL Lecture, 30 March 2021

0:55 h

The fourteenth century is characterized by a series of profound structural changes. This lecture forms part of a larger monograph project arguing that one of the ways in which people in England, France, and Italy responded to these changes was in a nostalgic mode. It was by articulating a longing for ‘the good old days’ that contemporaries tried to come to terms with plague, extreme demographic shifts, rapid commercialization, growing social mobility, rapid political change, pervasive warfare, and so on. After exploring the wider context of nostalgia in this period, the lecture will focus on medieval critiques of social mobility and flux, expressed through a nostalgic lens.

Hannah Skoda is Fellow and Tutor in medieval history at St John’s College, Oxford. She has published on medieval violence, law, and Dante in particular, and is currently writing a monograph on nostalgia in the long fourteenth century.


Nandini Gooptu

New Cultures of Work, Youth, and Politics in India

GHIL Lecture Spring 2021, 23 February 2021                                                                                                                                                            

0:46 h

Nandini Gooptu is Associate Professor of South Asian Studies in the Oxford Department of International Development and a Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. She is the author of The Politics of the Urban Poor in Early-Twentieth Century India (2001), editor of Enterprise Culture in Neoliberal India (2013), and joint-editor of India and the British Empire (2012), and The Persistence of Poverty in India (2017).

India has, in recent decades, witnessed a sea change in the nature and settings of work. New workplaces and work cultures have grown in tandem with India’s consumer revolution, notably in the burgeoning interactive service sector. Here, the demands of customer service are reshaping the political subjectivity and democratic sensibility of the predominantly young workforce. Workers develop new forms of critical understanding of the self and society through the assessment of customers’ needs and conduct, as well as through emotional reflexivity, self-control, and self-awareness that are critical components of customer care. These, in turn, stimulate a personalized, individualized, transactional, and clientelistic approach to politics in preference to collective action, while also unleashing a critique of class, power, and hierarchy.


Peter Burschel

The Dance of the Tapuya: On the Cultural Coding of Skin Colour in the Early Modern Period

GHIL Lecture Spring 2021, 9 February 2021                                                                                                                                                            

0:45 h

Peter Burschel is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Cultural History at the University of Göttingen and Director of the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. Among his many publications is Die Erfindung der Reinheit: Eine andere Geschichte der frühen Neuzeit (2014).

This lecture will show how European perceptions of skin colour – rather than primarily of skin markings, as was the case in the Middle Ages – increasingly began to influence European perceptions of non-European ‘aliens’. Peter Burschel will argue that it was not until the sixteenth century that skin was seen as a ‘supra-individual’ distinguishing characteristic that made it possible to structure, classify, and, not least, to hierarchize intercultural encounters chromatically. This shows that the process was not merely about the perception of skin colour per se, but always also addressed the question of who was white, and who was not.

Originally scheduled for March 2020 and postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown.

Images mentioned in the Lecture

Please see here for the main images mentioned in this lecture: a series of double portraits by Albert Eckhout, now at the National Museum of Denmark.


GHIL Joint Lectures

Svenja Goltermann

Perceptions of Interpersonal Violence: A History of the Present

GHIL in co-operation with the Faculty of History, University of Oxford, 10 March 2021

0:48 h

Our understanding of what violence actually is has changed considerably in the second half of the twentieth century. When violence against children and women first became a public and political issue in the 1960s, it was exclusively considered as physical violence. Today, however, violence is no longer regarded as a physical act alone; psychological, emotional, and linguistic violence is also problematized. Looking at three cases—gender-based violence, language as violence, and bullying—this lecture will examine the preconditions and effects of this development and argue that our ideas of vulnerability have changed fundamentally over the last fifty years.

Svenja Goltermann is Professor of Modern History at the University of Zurich. She has published widely on the history of violence, the history of psychiatric knowledge, and changing perceptions of victimhood. Her latest book, provisionally titled Victims: Perceptions of Suffering and Violence in Modern Europe, will be published by OUP.


Patrice Poutrus

Contested Asylum: The History of the 2015 Refugee Crisis

Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 25 February 2021

0:42 h

After 1945, both the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic included asylum law, and thus the admission of politically persecuted persons, in their constitutions. Since then, debates about the admission of refugees/displaced persons have continued in West German and East German society, persisting into the decades after reunification. Time and again, issues such as flight, asylum, and admission have mobilized the German public and provoked deep controversies. Patrice G. Poutrus argues that these discussions are not so much about specific questions of admission policy, but more about a fundamental struggle regarding German society’s political and moral self-understanding. They raise questions such as: what consequences should follow from the history of National Socialism? Do we want to live in a pluralistic society? What identity does German society have and who belongs to it? Patrice G. Poutrus is the author of a book about this ‘contested asylum’ in which he examines its history from 1945 to the present.

Patrice G. Poutrus studied history and social sciences at Humboldt University, Berlin and wrote his Ph.D. on the social and economic history of the GDR at the Europa University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder). He works on the history of divided Germany after 1945, and on historical refugee and migration research. He is currently working on a research project at Erfurt University about family memories in the GDR and the post-1990 transformation of Thuringia.


European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2021


Sarah MacDougall: From Heartland to Homeland? – German-Jewish Émigré Artists in Britain, c. 1933-45



Natasha Gordinsky: ‘Your Heimat is our Nightmare’: Post-Soviet Poetic Interventions in German Culture (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2021: Conceptions of Heimat in Jewish Visual History and Culture)



Ofer Ashkenazi: Heimat as a Shelter from Nazism (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2021: Conceptions of Heimat in Jewish Visual History and Culture)

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Jan-Christopher Horak: Helmar Lerski between the Diaspora and a Jewish Homeland (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2021: Conceptions of Heimat in Jewish Visual History and Culture)

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Hanno Loewy: Unrewarded Love: Alpine Clubs, Ski-Tourism, Folklore and the Jews (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2021: Conceptions of Heimat in Jewish Visual History and Culture)

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GHIL Podcast

Alice Rio

Legal Role-Playing and Storytelling in Early Medieval Francia

GHIL Lecture Autumn 2020, 1 December 2020                                                                                                                                                             

0:54 h

Alice Rio is Professor of Medieval History at King’s College London. An enduring problem in early medieval history is what to make of the legal material, which is abundant relative to the total surviving evidence (legislation, acts of practice, models, old texts, new texts), and paints extremely contradictory pictures of contemporary legal practices both within and across legal genres. The lecture will try to show that this level of contradiction results from people calling on many different legal and cultural frameworks for representing their own actions, all of which were potentially valid provided that they could be sold successfully to one’s audience: what mattered was success in getting others to play along through scene-setting and role-play. Alice Rio has written two books on early medieval legal and legal-ish practices: Legal Practice and the Written Word in the Early Middle Ages: Frankish Formulae, c.500–1000 (2009); and Slavery After Rome, 500–1100 (2017).


Martina Kessel

An Empire of Shaming: Reading Nazi Germany through the Violence of Laughter

Gerda Henkel Foundation Visiting Professorship Lecture, 26 November 2020

0:49 h

Survivors of the Shoah have often described how the SS liked to define torturing practices during the genocide as ‘jokes’. The paper discusses the systematic presence of derisive laughter in Nazi Germany and analyzes its meanings as a way both to act out understandings of Germanness and to ‘justify’ violence.

The Gerda Henkel Foundation Visiting Professorship Lecture 2020, hosted by the German Historical Institute and London School of Economics and Political Science, was be held as an online event on Thursday, 26 November 2020.


Peter Mandler

The Crisis of the Meritocracy: How Popular Demand (not Politicians) Made Britain into a Mass Education Society

GHIL Annual Lecture, 6 November 2020

0:55 h

The 2020 Annual Lecture 'The Crisis of the Meritocracy' was given by Professor Peter Mandler, Cambridge, on Friday, 6 November 2020.


Maud Bracke

Inventing Reproductive Rights: Sex, Population, and Feminism in Europe, 1945–1980

Part of the summer seminar lecture series on Feminist Histories, 15 July 2020

1:10 h

Maud Anne Bracke is a historian of 20th-century European social, political, and gender history. A graduate of the European University Institute, Florence, she has published two monographs, three edited collections, and over 20 articles on feminism, gender and work, translation, ‘1968’, and European communism. She co-directs Glasgow’s Centre for Gender History and is a former editor of the journal Gender & History.

Her lecture presents an interpretation of the emergence, following the Second World War, of the notion of ‘reproductive rights’. Drawing on critical understandings of reproductive biopower, it focuses on the ways in which the introduction and legalisation of the contraceptive pill across Western Europe in the long 1960s produced new, gendered discourses on family planning, responsibility in reproduction, sexual morality and bodily autonomy. The lecture situates France and Western Europe in the transnational developments that enabled the emergence of reproductive rights discourse following the war. Bracke particularly considers two key moments in the genealogy of reproductive rights discourse in France, corresponding to two instances of legislative change and intense public debate. The first is family planning activism in the 1950s and 1960s, which was key in leading to the legalisation of contraception through the Loi Neuwirth of 1967. The second is the ‘new’ feminism that exploded onto the political scene in France in 1970, and crucially contributed to legal reform on abortion through the Loi Veil of 1975.  She argues that the ‘invention’ of reproductive rights relied crucially on the introduction of new discourses and political practices by feminists of a reproductive subject – that is to say, an individual endowed with knowledge, agency, and rights – and that this reproductive subject was increasingly explicitly presented as a woman. At the same time, however, not all women became reproductive subjects to the same extent, as reproductive bodies continued to be hierarchised according to social class, race, migration status and ability. 


Jane Whittle and Laura Schwartz

Understanding Women and Work from the Early Modern Era to the Present: A Round Table

Part of the summer seminar lecture series on Feminist Histories, 8 July 2020

55 min

Jane Whittle is Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Exeter. She currently holds an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council on ‘Forms of Labour: Gender, Freedom, and Experience of Work in the Pre-Industrial Economy’. She has published widely on the history of work, consumption, property rights, and the household economy in England from 1300 to 1750.

Laura Schwartz is Reader in Modern British History at the University of Warwick. Her most recent book Feminism and the Servant Problem: Class and Domestic Labour in the Women's Suffrage Movement was published with Cambridge University Press in 2019. Having previously worked on the history of British feminism, she is now moving more definitively into labour history and is in the early stages of developing a collaborative project entitled '"Ordinary" Working-Class People? Brexit Britain and the "New" Labour History', which aims to critically interrogate the contemporary political mobilization of a 'white' male working class and to consider alternative and more heterogeneous histories of class in Britain.

This round table brings together two experts in the field of women’s work to discuss how ideas of work and gender have changed across the centuries. Alongside considering what women’s work is, it will explore how women’s work has been defined and valued in the past and within historical scholarship.


Chiara Bonfiglioli

Internationalist Waves and Feminist Waves in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Cuba from the 1950s to 1970s

Part of the summer seminar lecture series on Feminist Histories, 1 July 2020

56 min

Chiara Bonfiglioli is a Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies at University College Cork, where she also coordinates the one-year interdisciplinary Masters in Women’s Studies. She is the author of Women and Industry in the Balkans: The Rise and Fall of the Yugoslav Textile Sector (I.B. Tauris, 2019).

Her lecture focuses on women’s internationalism in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Cuba, and on the gendered imaginaries of citizenship that circulated among the generation of women active within Cold-War mass organizations in the 1950s and 1960s. It will also consider how this ‘internationalist wave’ engaged with second-wave feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, a time characterized by the overlapping of different generational paradigms of women’s and feminist activism: that of 'emancipation', based on women’s socio-economic rights and institutional reform, and that of 'liberation', based on gender, sexuality, and grassroots activism. These generational paradigms were both national and transnational, and were shaped by the global development of left-wing parties and movements, and of women’s and feminist movements worldwide.


GHIL Joint Lectures

Margaret MacMillan (Toronto/Oxford)

Total War and European Society

British German Association in collaboration with the GHIL, 14 October 2020.

Watch the event video at the BGA website.

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Margaret MacMillan is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and emeritus Professor of International History at the University of Oxford. She is the author of The War that Ended Peace (2014); The Uses and Abuses of History (2008); and the international bestsellers Seize the Hour: When Nixon Met Mao (2006) and Peacemakers: The Paris Conference 1919 and its Attempt to End the War (2001), which won the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize.


European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2019-20


Paul Herzberg: Acting Jewish: Perception and Reality (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2019–20: Acting Jewish: Between Identity and Attire)

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Adi Heyman: The Big Cover-Up: Modest Fashion (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2019–20: Acting Jewish: Between Identity and Attire)

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Kerry Wallach: ‘Coming Out’ as Jewish in Weimar Germany (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2019–20: Acting Jewish: Between Identity and Attire)

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GHIL Podcast

Ulrike Freitag

Cosmopolitanism in a Global Perspective

Annual Lecture, 8 November 2019

43 min

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Subhadra Das, Clémentine Deliss, Tristram Hunt, and Alice Procter

Cosmopolitanism in a Global Perspective from Collected to Contested: The Future of Museums after the Repatriation Debate

Part of the Contested Histories Seminar Series, 25 June 2019. Chaired by Mirjam Brusius.

1:45 h

European museums have recently come under increasing pressure to repatriate objects from colonial times. But where do we go from here? Does repatriation naturally entail ‘decolonizing the museum’, or might it even prevent museums from doing just that? This panelwill discuss what decolonization in the museum might actually mean. How do recent debates fit into the bigger picture of engaging with uncomfortable collecting histories? And how could embracing these histories enable marginal and multiple voices to have a say?


Eleni Christodoulou and Neeladri Bhattacharya

Who Owns Public History? Two Talks on History Textbooks in Conflicted Societies.

Part of the Contested Histories Seminar Series, 18 June 2019. Chaired by Nandini Manjrekar.

1:44 h

Who owns public history and on what grounds? How does the historian relate to public debates? Across spatial and temporal conflict contexts, debates about the content and role of history textbooks are sensitive, highly political, and often notable for their interminability. Developing a theoretical approach, political scientist Eleni Christodoulou, Georg Eckert Institute, Braunschweig, will embrace ‘educational anxieties’ by offering a frame-work for analysing securitization dynamics that success-fully resist and prevent textbook revisions as part of peace-building processes in Cyprus and Lebanon. Neeladri Bhattacharya, former Chief Adviser of the National Council for Education Research and Training in India, will then explore how contested claims of caste, class, region, and nation, play out on the site of history textbooks in India. Chaired by Nandini Manjrekar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.


Avril Alba, Yasmin Khan, and Tom Lawson

Multidirectional Memory? National Holocaust Memorials and (Post-)Colonial Legacies

Part of the Contested Histories seminar series, 11 June 2019. Chaired by Tamar Garb.

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How do colonial history, the Second World War, and the Holocaust intersect? As Britain embarks on the creation of a National Holocaust Memorial, calls have been made for a memorial to and a museum of Britain’s historical involvement in slavery, its colonial past, and their legacies. Meanwhile, scholarship such as Michael Rothberg’s Multidirectional Memory has argued that Holocaust remembrance also has the potential to open up routes for commemorating other contested national pasts. This panel will enable a dialogue betweenscholars of the Holocaust, colonialism, and the British Empire to reflect on national and transnational legacies. With Avril Alba, Sydney, Yasmin Khan, Oxford, and Tom Lawson, Northumbria. Chaired by Tamar Garb, IAS London.


Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, 2018-19

04/04/2019Nathan Abrams: Treyf Jews? Jewish Gangsters in McMafia and Peaky Blinders (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2018–19)
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14/02/2019Richard I. Cohen: Moses Mendelssohn – The German-Jewish Icon of Modernity (1780s–2019) (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2018–19)
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24/01/2019Cilly Kugelmann: Jewish Museums between Self-Assertion and Self-Defence (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2018–19)
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06/12/2018Ruth Oren: ‘Coming back to History’: The Jewish Image in Landscape Photographs of ‘Eretz-Israel’, 1898–1961 (Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2018–19)
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GHIL Podcast

Quentin Skinner

Hobbes’s Leviathan: Picturing the State

Annual Lecture, 9 November 2018

54 min, 37.9 M


Timothy Garton Ash

German and European Unification: Harmony or Dissonance?

 Annual lecture on contemporary German history 2018, 24 April 2018

51 min, 58 MB

In co-operation with the German Embassy London.


Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, 2017-18

12/04/2018Martin Doerry: Lifting a Taboo: The story of a Holocaust Victim which has Never been Told Before  (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2017–18)
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08/03/2018Atina Grossmann: Trauma, Privilege and Adventure in the ‘Orient’: A Refugee Family Archive  (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2017–18)
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01/03/2018Thomas Harding: 'You’re doing what?' - My Family’s Response to my Trying to Save the House Stolen by the Nazis  (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2017–18)
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07/12/2017Lisa Appignanesi: Losing the Dead: Before and After  (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2017–18)
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GHIL Podcast


Arnd Bauerkämper:National Security and Humanity: The Internment of Civilian 'Enemy Aliens' during the First World War (Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture 2017, 86 min, 74 MB) 


Dominik Geppert: National Expectations and Transnational Infrastructure: The Media, Global News Coverage, and International Relations in the Age of High Imperialism (Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture 2016, 54 min, 55 MB) 


David Cannadine: Rewriting the British 19th Century (Seminar Lecture, part of the seminar series 'Narrating the 19th Century: New Approaches', 65 min, 40.9 MB) 


Johannes Paulmann: How Close is the 19th Century? Contemporary Reflections on a History of Europe (Seminar Lecture, part of the seminar series 'Narrating the 19th Century: New Approaches', 51 min, 34.4 MB) 


Willibald Steinmetz: Writing a History of 19th-Century Europe: Challenges, Conundrums, Complexities (Seminar Lecture, part of the seminar series 'Narrating the 19th Century: New Approaches', 50 min, 32.5 MB) 


Richard J. Evans: Writing the History of 19th-Century Europe (Seminar Lecture, part of the seminar series 'Narrating the 19th Century: New Approaches', 52 min, 36 MB) 


Lutz Raphael: Life Cycle and Industrial Work: West German and West European Patterns in Times of Globalization (1975–2005) (Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture 2015, 59 min, 38 MB) 


Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger: Are There Different Cultures of Decision-Making in History? (Annual Lecture 2015, 54 min, 22.7 MB) 


Inge Weber-Newth: Home Ties: Objects in Migrants' Lives. (Lecture to mark the public opening of the exhibition 'Things We Keep' at the GHIL, 28 min, 10.9 MB) 


Dan Diner: Rites of Reserve: The German–Israeli Encounter in Luxembourg, 1952 (Keynote Lecture to the German History Society Annual Conference 2015, 56 min, 23.1 MB)


Panel Discussion: Max Weber’s work and its Relation to Historical Writing (In commemoration of Max Weber’s 150th anniversary, the German Historical Institute hosted a discussion with three Weber experts, British historians David d’Avray and Peter Ghosh and German historian Joachim Radkau, on Max Weber’s work and its relation to historical writing. Chair: Andreas Gestrich. 113 min, 64.2 MB)


Miles Taylor: Empire and the Turn to Collectivism in British Social Policy, c.1860–1914 (Annual Lecture 2014, 57 min, 23.6 MB)


Roundtable Debate: 1914: What Historians Don’t Know about the Causes of the First World War (Speakers: Speakers: Margaret MacMillan, Annika Mombauer, Sönke Neitzel, John Röhl; Chair: Mark Hewitson. 131 min, 76.9 MB)


Kenneth Dyson: Germany, the Euro Crisis and the Future of Europe (10th Annual Lecture on Contemporary German History, German Historical Institute London, 105 min, 44.6 MB)


Ute Frevert: The Moral Economy of Trust: Modern Trajectories (Annual Lecture 2013, 54 min, 22.2 MB)


Dorothee Wierling: Coffee Worlds: Global Players and Local Actors in 20th-Century Germany (Coffee, one of the most important global commodities since the late 19th century, has connected very different physical, social, and symbolic worlds. Dorothee Wierling focuses on one group of actors, the coffee merchants, as agents of globalisation. The talk will explore the economic, social, and political frameworks in which those merchants acted. Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture 2013, 60 min, 24.7 MB)


Public Panel Debate: The Nazi Seizure of Power in 1933 and its Significance, 80 Years On (Speakers: Professor Mary Fulbrook, Neil Gregor, Anthony McElligott, Maiken Umbach; moderators: Chris Szejnmann, Benjamin Ziemann. 55 min, 22.7 MB)


Jane Caplan: ‘Jetzt Judenfrei’: Writing Tourism in Nazi-Occupied Poland (Annual Lecture 2012, 52 min, 21.3 MB)


Andreas Rödder: From Kaiser Wilhelm to Chancellor Merkel: The German Question on the European Stage (The lecture follows the twisted story of Germany in Europe since the late 19th century. In particular, it analyses the connection between German reunification and the decision to introduce the Euro in order to highlight the current 'German question' from a historical perspective. Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture 2012. 91 min, 41.7 MB)


Ute Daniel: Goebbels, War, and Propaganda: The Media Logic of the 'Third Reich' (The notorious speech of the German Minister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, in the Sportpalast on 18 February 1943 has been extensively studied by historians. In this lecture, it is analyzed in a slightly different way: as an example that illustrates problems Goebbels had with the media logic of the 'Third Reich'. Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture 2011. 57 min, 24.3 MB)


Round-Table Discussion: The Insiders’ Views of the Fischer Controversy (This round-table discussion was a special event accompanying the international conference 'The Fischer Controversy 50 Years On' which took place on 13–15 October 2011 at the German Historical Institute London. The panellists discuss the insiders' view on Fritz Fischer’s seminal work Griff nach der Weltmacht (English title: Germany's Aims in the First World War), which was published 50 years ago. 90 min, 41.6 MB)


Christoph Cornelißen: Disgust with the 45ers? Post-War German Historiography in a Generational Perspective (Keynote opening lecture given on 8 September 2011 as part of the German History Society Annual General Meeting 2011 (8–10 September 2011). 91 min, 41.7 MB)


Plenary forum: Empires and Colonies (Three outstanding scholars in the field – Frederick Cooper, John Darwin, and Regina Grafe – discuss various, possibly contradicting approaches to imperial and colonial history. Chaired by Peer Vries. 51 min, 24.4 MB)


Peter Hayes: The German Foreign Office and Nazism: Image and Reality after 1945 (8th Annual Lecture on Contemporary German History, German Embassy London, 74 min, 58 MB)


GHIL-Debates: Public History (Franziska Augstein, Kathleen Burk, Justin Champion, Peter Mandler, and Benedikt Stuchtey discuss the contested field of public history, its strengths, shortcomings, and developments, and the place of history in public life in general. 142 min, 97.8 MB)


Sir Ian Kershaw: Volksgemeinschaft: Potential and Limitations of the Concept (Keynote lecture at the international conference 'German Society in the Nazi Era: 'Volksgemeinschaft' between Ideological Projection and Social Practice', co-organized by the German Historical Institute London and the Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin, 25 to 27 March 2010, 50 min. 45.6 MB)


Richard J. Evans: British and Germans: Perceptions and Misperceptions since the Second World War (7th Annual Lecture on Contemporary German History, German Embassy London, 74 min, 67.7 MB)


Hartmut Kaelble: The 1970s in Europe: A Period of Promise or Disillusionment? (Annual Lecture 2009, 59 min, 54.1 MB)

Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series


Arno Paucker: Scholar and Friend (A memorial event in honour of the Leo Baeck Institute’s esteemed, longstanding former director Dr Arnold Paucker OBE)

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Panel Discussion: The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967–2017 (With Nick Cohen, David Feldman, Christina Späti and Peter Ullrich.  European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2016–17)

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Michel Dreyfus: The Two Lefts in France: Divisions over Zionism and Israel (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2016–17)

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Christina Späti: The German-Speaking Left and Israel: Legacies and Developments since 1948 (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2016–17)

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Brian Klug: Denouncing Israel: Anti-Colonialism or Antisemitism on the British Left? (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2016–17)

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Wendy Pullan: In the Shadow of the Wall: Icon and Identity in Jerusalem’s Separation Barrier (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2015–16)

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Yfaat Weiss: Political Sovereignty and Cultural Property: The Mount Scopus Enclave in Jerusalem (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2015–16)

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Thabet Abu Rass: Land, Power, and Resistance in Israel: The Case of the Bedouins of the Negev (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2015–16)

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Gunnar Lehmann: Past and Politics in the Archaeology of Israel (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2015–16)

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Jay Winter: The Great War and Jewish Memory (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2014)

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Roz Currie: Curating the Jewish Experience of the First World War (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2014)

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Sander Gilman: Cosmopolitanism and the Jews. (The newest buzzword for globalization is cosmopolitanism. As with many such reuses of older concepts, cosmopolitanism has a complex history, specifically in the German-speaking lands. It is this history and its relationship to the history of German Jewry from the Enlightenment to the Holocaust that will be examined – in a global and perhaps even cosmopolitan manner. Leo Baeck Institute Lecture, 43 min, 39.2 MB)

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Brian Klug: Dealing with Difference: Jews, Muslims, and the British Left Today (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2013, 59 min, 53.5 MB)

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David Fraser: ‘Quite Contrary to the Principles of British Justice’: The Jews of the Channel Islands 1940–1945 (European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London, 2013, 46 min, 42 MB)

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