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Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor

Professor Dominik Geppert is the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor for 2016/2017. He will spend a year researching and teaching at the German Historical Institute London and at the London School of Economics.

Dominik Geppert is Chair of Modern History at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Before he moved to Bonn, he taught at universities in Berlin (1996-2000, 2005-7) and Marburg (2007/8). He was Junior Visitor at Nuffield College Oxford (1997/8), Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute London (2000-5) and Heisenberg Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (2006/7). Together with Hans-Peter Schwarz he is editor-in-chief of Konrad Adenauer's private papers (Rhöndorfer Ausgabe).

His main areas of research are in European political and cultural history of the 19th and 20th century, especially in the history of international relations, intellectual history and the interrelationship between the media, the public and politics. During his time in London Professor Geppert will be working on a history of divided Germany.

Email: geppert(ghi)


A History of Divided Germany, 1945-1990

The division of West and East German history has survived the end of the division of Germany relatively unharmed. A good number of histories of the Federal Republic have been published over the last years, which pursued the developments in West Germany over six or seven decades up to the present day but covered the history of East Germany, only for the years after 1990. At the same time, the few studies which do cover divided Germany as a whole have almost always retained the division of West and East German history in the way they are structured. Thus, more than 25 years after Germany's reunification an integrated history of divided Germany still remains to be written.

The separation of GDR history on the one hand and the history of the Federal Republic on the other perpetuates the Cold War perspective and does not meet the challenge of conceptualizing a common German post-war history, which can only be a combination of the two. My book will trace Germany's development in the half-century after the end of the Second World War while focusing on the mutual interconnectedness and repulsion of the two German states and societies.

The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship is a co-operation of the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Historical Institute London (GHIL), and the Gerda Henkel Professor’s home university. Its purpose is to promote awareness in Britain of German research on the history of the German Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic, and to stimulate comparative work on German history in a European context. The first professorship was awarded in 2009.

Previous Visiting Professors:

  • 2015/2016 — Prof Dr Lutz Raphael (Trier): Transformations of industrial labour in Western Europe between 1970 and 2000
  • 2014/2015 — Prof Dr Kiran Klaus Patel (Maastricht): Welfare in the Warfare State: Nazi Social Policy on the International Stage
  • 2013/2014 — Prof Dr Dorothee Wierling (Hamburg): Coffee Worlds in Green Coffee and its Agents: The Hamburg Coffee Merchants in the 20th century
  • 2012/2013 — Prof Dr Andreas Rödder (Mainz): The History of the Present
  • 2011/2012 — Prof Dr Ute Daniel (Braunschweig): Media and politics - an entangled history (c. 1900-1980)
  • 2010/2011 — Prof Dr Christoph Cornelißen (Frankfurt am Main): The British and German welfare states after "the great boom": public debates on social inequality and social justice since the 1970s
  • 2009/2010 — Prof Dr Johannes Paulmann (Mainz): International aid and solidarity: Humanitarian commitment and the media in Germany, c. 1950-1985


Gerda Henkel Foundation:
Dr Sybille Wüstemann
Tel.: +49 (0)211/936524 0
E-Mail: wuestemann(ghi)

German Historical Institute London:
Dr Tobias Becker
Tel.: +44 (0)20/7309 2016
E-Mail: becker(ghi)