Stuart and Bonaparte: Two Types of Legitimacy Two Types of Failure
Volker Sellin holdes the Chair of Modern History at the University of Heidelberg. His wide-ranging
research interests cover the early modern period as well as the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His
most recent publications are Einführung in die Geschichtswissenschaft (2nd edn., 2001) and Die geraubte
Revolution: Der Sturz Napoleons und die Restauration in Europa (2001).
CHRISTOPH CONRAD (Geneva)
Voters as Consumers: Opinion Polls in West German Politics and Society, 1940 to the 1960s
Christoph Conrad is Professor of Modern History at the University of Geneva. His research interests
focus on the history and theory of historiography, the development of the welfare state, and the history
of opinion and market research. His publications include Vom Greis zum Rentner: Der Strukturwandel
des Alters in Deutschland zwischen 1830 und 1930 (1994). He has also edited among other things (with
Jürgen Kocka) Staatsbürgerschaft in Europa (2001).
BERND A. RUSINEK (Düsseldorf)
The German Mandarins and their View of Britain 1810-1914
Bernd A. Rusinek is Professor of Modern History at the University of Düsseldorf. He has published extensively
on many aspects of German history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially on the
Third Reich and the history of science. He is the author of Gesellschaft in der Katastrophe: Terror,
Illegalität, Widerstand Köln 1944/45 (1989) and Das Forschungszentrum: Eine Geschichte der KFA
Jülich von ihrer Gründung bis 1980 (1996).
JAKOB VOGEL (Berlin)
From a History of Science to a History of Knowledge: Historicizing the Knowledge Society
Jakob Vogel teaches Modern History at the Frankreich-Zentrum of the Technical University in Berlin. He
works on French and German history since the eighteenth century and has published Nationen im
Gleichschritt: Der Kult der Nation in Waffen in Deutschland und Frankreich (1871-1914) (1997). More
recently he has embarked upon a major research project on the history of knowledge in the eighteenth
and nineteenth centuries.
Seminars will be held at 5 p.m. in the Seminar
Room of the German Historical Institute.
Tea will be served from 4.30 p.m. in the Common Room, and wine will be available after the seminars.
PROFESSOR PETER SCHÖTTLER (Berlin)
will give a paper on
Marc Bloch and the Vienna Circle.
Propositions for a new reading of 'The Historians Craft'
on Thursday 27 February 2003.
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In selecting students to give a presentation, preference was given to those in their second or third year who had possibly already spent a period of research in Germany. Eighteen projects in all were introduced in plenary sessions held over two days. Sessions were devoted to the early modern period, the nineteenth century, the First World War, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the 1930s/60s and the GDR. Most of the papers concentrated on the twentieth century. Participants gave a short summary of their work containing general ideas, leading questions, sources, and initial findings, and this was followed by a discussion.
As well as discussing their subjects and methodologies, the participants exchanged information about practical difficulties such as language and transcription problems, how to locate sources, and finding one’s way around German archives. Information about institutions that give grants for research in Germany was also exchanged. The German Historical Institute can offer support here by facilitating contact with German archives and providing letters of introduction which may be necessary for students to gain access to archives or specific source collections. In certain cases it may help students to make contact with particular German universities and professors. The German Historical Institute also provides scholarships for research in Germany (see above).
The coffee and lunch breaks offered ample opportunity for informal contact. In the closing discussion, participants were asked to express any criticisms and make suggestions for how the next postgraduate student conference could be improved. The idea as such proved its worth over the two days of the conference. The suggestion that separate conferences should be held on specific periods or themes was rejected by the majority of participants, who valued the broad range of topics and the chance to look beyond their own historical horizons. It was also pointed out that the discussion of methodological problems spanned all the sessions, and could be treated most effectively in the plenary sessions.
The GHIL is planning to hold the next postgraduate students’ conference 9-10 January 2003. If you are interested in attending, please inform the Secretary by 20th September 2002 and include the following details:
Last Update: 07.02.2003 CS