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Seminars 2007

23 January

The Ambiguities of Internationalism: Fascism between Pan-Europeanism and Ultra- Nationalism, 1919-39

Arnd Bauerkämper joined the Berlin-based Zentrum für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas in 2001 and is currently its Executive Director. His main research areas are the history of agriculture and rural society in post-war Germany, the history of elites, and the reception of Anglo-American models of democracy in West Germany between 1945 and c.1965. His most recent publications include Britain and the GDR: Relations and Perceptions in a Divided World (2002) and Die Praxis der Zivilgesellschaft: Akteure, Handeln und Strukturen im internationalen Vergleich (2003).

15 February

The Kidnapped King: Richard I in Germany (1192-4)
Seminar in Memory of Timothy Reuter

Dame Janet Nelson and John Gillingham are two of Britain’s foremost historians of the Middle Ages. Professor Nelson’s research focuses mainly on earlier medieval Europe; most of her work as a professor at King’s College London has been on kingship, government, and political ideas. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1996 and was President of the Royal Historical Society from 2000 to 2004.
Professor Gillingham was formerly a professor of medieval history at the London School of Economics, and is the author of numerous books and articles on English history in the high Middle Ages. His acclaimed biography of Richard I was published in the series Yale English Monarchs in 1999 and 2002.

27 March

A German Colonial Officer: Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the East African Campaign in the First World War

Eckard Michels is the Philip Brady Lecturer in Modern German Studies at Birkbeck, University of London (School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture). An expert on twentieth-century German diplomatic and military history, he has published on German cultural diplomacy, Franco-German relations and military history. He is the author of Von der Deutschen Akademie zum Goethe-Institut: Sprach- und auswärtige Kulturpolitik 1923-1960 (2005).

3 April

The Active Intellectual in Modern European History

Gangolf Hübinger, Professor of Comparative Cultural History at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, is currently a Fellow of the Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien at the University of Erfurt. His main research areas are the comparative cultural and political history of the modern era and the history of ideas, religious cultures, and political movements. He is the author of Gelehrte, Politik und Öffentlichkeit: Eine Intellektuellengeschichte (2006).

15 May

Rethinking the History of Prussia

Christopher Clark has been a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge since 1990. An expert on modern German history, he has published widely on subjects at the interface between religion, culture, and politics. His most recent book is Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947 (2006, German trans. 2007).

24 May

Hitler’s Silent Majority? Conformity and Resistance under the Third Reich

Geoff Eley is the Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Michigan. In addition to German history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, on which he has published widely, his research and teaching interests include Europe since 1945, nationalism, cultural studies, and historiography. He is the author (with K. Nield) of The Future of Class in History: What’s Left of the Social? (2007).

29 May

The Republic of the Dead in Reformation Nuremberg: Endowment, Freedom and Solidarity in an Age of Participation

Martial Staub has been Professor of Medieval History at the University of Sheffield since September 2004. From 1993 to 2004 he was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of History in Göttingen. His main research interests range from the history of the medieval Church to the history of urban societies in late medieval and Renaissance Germany and Italy. He is the editor (with M. Derwich) of Die ‘neue Frömmigkeit’ in Europa im Spätmittelalter (2004).

26 June

Are Democracies Really more Peaceful? Democratic Peace Theory Revisited

Jost Dülffer was appointed Professor of Modern History at the University of Cologne in 1982, the only history chair in Germany with a specialization in peace and conflict research. In 2005/6 he was Konrad Adenauer Visiting Professor at the BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. His main research areas are the history of international relations, modern German history, and European history since 1945. He is the author of Europa im Ost-West-Konflikt, 1945–1991 (2004).

23 October

Much Ado about Nothing? On the Function of Rituals in the Holy Roman Empire, 1495–1806

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger has been Professor of Early Modern History at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster since 1997. An expert on Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, she has published widely on cultural, intellectual, and constitutional history, and on the history of communication. In 2005 she received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Her most recent book is Das Heilige Römische Reich Deutscher Nation (2006).

30 October

Peoplehood and Power: Germany and England in the Late Middle Ages

Len Scales, who is Lecturer at the University of Durham, studies the political culture of late medieval Europe, particularly the German-speaking lands. He is also exploring the history of medieval ideas about ethnicity and common identity more broadly, across the whole of the medieval period. He is the editor (with O. Zimmer) of Power and the Nation in European History (2005).

4 December

Early Twentieth-Century Popular Science: The Example of Wilhelm Bölsche (1861–1939)

Philipp Sarasin is Professor of Modern History at the University of Zurich, Forschungsstelle für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte. His main research interests range from the history of the body to the theory and methodology of historiography. He is the co-editor of Bakteriologie und Moderne: Studien zur Biopolitik des Unsichtbaren 1870–1920 (2007).
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11 December

Allegory and Identity: Monuments to the Nation in Europe, 1850–1914

John Horne is Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College, Dublin. His main research areas are French history in the twentieth century, comparative labour history, and the cultural history of the period of the First World War. He is the author (with A. Kramer) of German Atrocities, 1914: A History of Denial (2001).

Public Lectures 2007

15 March

Europe in the High-Modern Era: Thoughts on a Theory of the Twentieth Century

(Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research)
To be held at the GHIL.

24 October

'... The wisest German statesman since Bismarck'? Konrad Adenauer and Great Britain 1918–1933/1945–1967

Joint lecture with the British-German Association: Prince Frederick of Prussia Lecture 2007
Hans Peter Mensing has worked for the Stiftung Bundeskanzler-Adenauer-Haus in Bad Honnef/Rhöndorf near Bonn since 1980. He is editor-in-chief of the Adenauer papers, published in the Rhöndorfer Ausgabe, and responsible for organizing the Foundation's Rhöndorfer Gespräche.

13 November

A Self-Made Generation? War Children as a Generation in Post-War Germany

Joint lecture with the European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford
Dorothee Wierling has been the Deputy Director of the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in the University of Hamburg since 2003. Her research interests range from social and gender history of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries to the generational history of East Germany, and methodological and theoretical problems of historical memory. She is the author of Geboren im Jahr Eins: Der Geburtsjahrgang 1949 in der DDR. Versuch einer Kollektivbiographie (2002).

29 November

German-Jewish Experiences of Emancipation and Modernity: European and Transnational Perspectives

Joint lecture with the Modern German History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research
Simone Lässig was appointed Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and Director of the Georg-Eckert-Institut für Internationale Schulbuchforschung in 2006. From 2002 to 2006 she was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Washington D.C. An expert on the social and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, she has published widely on Jewish history, the history of religion and religiosity, and the didactics of history. Her most recent book is Jüdische Wege ins Bürgertum: Kulturelles Kapital und sozialer Aufstieg im 19. Jahrhundert (2004).