17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
|Director:||Professor HAGEN SCHULZE|
|Deputy Director:||Professor LOTHAR KETTENACKER|
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|The German Historical Institute London
(GHIL) is an independent academic institution and is part of the Foundation
'German Historical Institutes Abroad'. The Institute promotes research
on modern history, in particular on the comparative history of Germany
and Great Britain, on the British Empire/Commonwealth and on Anglo-German
relations within the context of the international system. It aims to encourage
contact between British and German historians.
The GHIL was officially opened on 4 November 1976. It is the third of its kind, after the Istituto Storico Germanico in Rome, founded a hundred years ago by the Prussian Government to facilitate research into the newly-opened Vatican archives, and the Institut Historique Allemand in Paris, set up in 1958. In the meantime further institutes have been established in Tokyo, Washington and Warsaw, though not all are devoted exclusively to historical research. The Institutes' parent organisation is the Stiftung Deutsche Historische Institute im Ausland, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Research and Technology.
The GHIL today holds a respected position among London's research establishments. Its present premises at 17 Bloomsbury Square, once developed by John Nash (1752-1835) and leased by the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, have been acquired and beautifully restored by the Volkswagen Foundation to accommodate the Institute and its rapidly expanding library. The academic staff of the Institute consists of the director, usually a German professor of history seconded from his university, and seven research fellows. It is expected that most of them will return to the Federal Republic of Germany and take up academic positions within the university system. An advisory board (Beirat) comprising both German and British historians is involved in policy decisions, and helps to promote the Institute's interests in both academic communities.
SABINE FREITAG joined the GHIL as a Research Fellow in 1997. She studied history, philosophy, and German literature in Frankfurt/Main and Rome. Her Ph.D. dissertation was on Friedrich Hecker and the German political emigration to the United States after the revolution of 1848-9, and her main fields of interest are nineteenth and early twentieth-century German, British and American history. She is co-editor of British Envoys to Germany, 1816-1866, vol. 1: 1816-1829 (2000), which the GHIL is publishing in conjunction with the Royal Historical Society. She is currently working on a comparative history of criminal law, culture, and policy in England and Germany, 1890-1930. She is the author of Friedrich Hecker. Biographie eines Republikaners (1998). She has edited Die Achtundvierziger. Lebensbilder aus der deutschen Revolution 1848/49 (1998), and, with Andreas Fahrmeir, Mord und andere Kleinigkeiten: Ungewöhnliche Kriminalfälle aus sechs Jahrhunderten (2001).
who joined the GHIL in 2000, studied history, philosophy, and law in Freiburg
and Berlin, where he also worked as a research assistant for four years.
His main fields of interest are British and German contemporary history
and international history. He is currently preparing the publication of
his Ph.D. thesis on
Margaret Thatcher and the development of Thatcherism. In addition, he is working on British public opinion and European integration, 1950-75. He is the author of Störmanöver: Das ‘Manifest der Opposition’ und die Schließung des Spiegel-Büros in Ost-Berlin im Januar 1978 (1996).
LOTHAR KETTENACKER is Deputy Director of the Institute. From 1973 he ran the London office of the Deutsch-Britischer Historikerkreis, which was later to develop into the GHIL. His Ph.D. (Frankfurt 1968) was on Nazi occupation policies in Alsace (1940-44), and he also completed a B. Litt. at Oxford in 1971 on Lord Acton and Döllinger. He has written a major study of British post-war planning for Germany during the Second World War, as well as various articles on National Socialism and on British history in the 1930s and 1940s. He is currently working on a study of German unification for the Longmans series, Turning Points in History. His most recent publication is Germany since 1945 (1997).
MARKUS MÖSSLANG, who came to the GHIL in 1999, studied modern and social history at the University of Munich. After completing his M.A. in 1995 he was a research assistant in the history department. His Ph.D. thesis on the integration of refugee scholars and teachers in West German universities and schools (1945-61) will be published in 2001. He is currently co-editing British Envoys to Germany, 1816-1866, vol. 2: 1830-1847.
REGINA PÖRTNER, who joined the GHIL in 1998, took an M.A. in history (medieval, modern, economic) and German at the University of Bochum. She was a visiting student at Trinity College, Oxford in 1988-89, and took her D. Phil. (Oxford) as a Rhodes Scholar in 1998. Her thesis will be published as The Counter-Reformation in Central Europe: Styria 1580-1630. As a Research Fellow at the GHIL, she is editing the current issue of the Institute's bibliography, Research on British History in the Federal Republic of Germany. She is also working on aspects of British legal and intellectual history in the eighteenth century.
MATTHIAS REISS joined the GHIL as a Research Fellow in 2002. He studied history, political science and economics at the University of Hamburg, before changing to the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) in 1993 where he received his MA two years later. His main fields of interest are American, British and German history in the 19th and 20th century up to World War II. His Ph.D. was published in 2002 as Die Schwarzen waren unsere Freunde: Deutsche Kriegsgefangene in der amerikanischen Gesellschaft 1942-1946. He is currently working on a study of the image of the unemployed in England and Germany from the middle of the 19th century up to the 1970s.
MICHAEL SCHAICH, who joined the GHIL in 1999, was a student of history and media studies at the University of Munich. After completing his M. A. he became a research assistant in the history department. He is currently preparing the publication of his Ph.D. thesis on Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment in Bavaria. During his time at the Institute he will be working on a comparative history of the Anglican clergy in England and the Protestant clergy in Germany in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
HAGEN SCHULZE (Free University Berlin) took over as Director of the GHIL on 1 September 2000. Some of his more recent publications are: Nation-Building in Central Europe (1987); Is there a German History? (1988); The Course of German Nationalism. From Frederick the Great to Bismarck 1763-1867 (2nd ed. 1995); States, Nations and Nationalism. From the Middle Ages to the Present (1996); Phönix Europa. Die Moderne von 1740 bis heute (1998); Germany. A New History (2nd ed. 2001); and Deutsche Erinnerungsorte (3 vols, 2001).
BENEDIKT STUCHTEY joined the GHIL in 1995 after studying in Münster, Freiburg, and Trinity College Dublin. His main research interests are the history of historiography and of European imperialism. He is currently working on anti-colonialism in the twentieth century in a comparative perspective. He is the author of W.E.H. Lecky (1838-1903). Historisches Denken und politisches Urteilen eines anglo-irischen Gelehrten (1997), and has edited, with Peter Wende, British and German Historiography, 1750-1950. Traditions, Perceptions, and Transfers (2000). As well as editing the Bulletin of the GHIL, he is on the editorial committee of European Review of History. Revue Européene d'Histoire.
The following information is only available
in German language:
For the year 2001
the following scholarships have been awarded for research on British history,
German history, and Anglo-German relations.
In 1997 the prize was awarded to Lothar Reinermann for his thesis on ‘Der Kaiser in England – Perzeption und Image Wilhelms II. in der britischen Öffentlichkeit 1888-1920/1’, submitted to the University of Duisburg.
In 1998 the prize was awarded to Jörn Leonard for his thesis on ‘Sprachmengerei und Begriffsverwirrung - Komparative Studien zur historischen Semantik von "Liberalismus" im 19. Jahrhundert: Frankreich, Deutschland, Italien und England im Vergleich’, submitted to the University of Heidelberg.
In 2000 the prize was awarded to Nikolaus Braun for his thesis on 'Brudermord, Rebellion, Freiheitskrieg? Legitimieren und Handeln im Irischen Bürgerkrieg 1922 - 1923', submitted to the University of Munich.
To be eligible a
work must be:
To apply, please
send the following to reach the Director of the German Historical Institute,
17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ, by 1
No member of the
Committee of Judges and no employee or blood relative of an employee or
ex-employee of the Sponsor or the Institute or any member of the Committee
shall be eligible as a candidate for the Prize.
Last Update: 03.12.2002 CS