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Colonial and Global History

Research on imperial history and the history of colonialism has been an integral part of the work of the German Historical Institute London since its establishment in 1976. This research interest is due not least to the fact that London, as the former political centre of the British Empire, is one of the most important places for archival studies in this field.

Current research at the institute is engaged in wide-ranging theoretical and methodological debates on global history and post-colonial studies. Since 2013, the institute has been an active part of two international collaborative research projects on India: 1) the Transnational Research Group (TRG) on Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor in India and 2) the module History as a Political Category of the MS Merian/ R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies: Metamorphosis of the Political (ICAS: MP). Partners include universities and research centres in Germany, India and the UK.

Five topics figure particularly prominently in the projects currently undertaken in the field of colonial and global history at the GHIL:

  • Trade, mobility, and their regulation
  • Education and social change
  • History of slavery and abolition
  • Decolonisation
  • Politics of the past

Research Projects

Objects without Status between Middle Eastern Excavation Sites and Europe’s Museums (Mirjam Brusius)

Preserving India’s Past: Law, Bureaucracy and Historical Conservation in Colonial India 1904-1925 (Indra Sengupta)

Merchandise of Power: Arms Trade and Control between Europe and East Africa, 1850-1919 (Felix Brahm)

Archaeology, Nasser's Egypt and the Making of the Post-War Past (William Carruthers)

Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor in India (TRG)

History as a Political Category (ICAS: MP; this link will take you to

Past and Completed Projects
'The Great Plan for Mass Education': Twentieth-Century Colonial and Postcolonial Experiments in Education (Valeska Huber)

Georg Wilhelm Schimper - In Abyssinia. Observations on Tigre – Online Edition (Andreas Gestrich and Dorothea McEwan)

Female Education and Social Mobility in Nineteenth-Century Sierra Leone (Silke Strickrodt)

Criticism of Colonialism from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century (Benedikt Stuchtey)

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