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German Historical Institute London

Continuing COVID regulations after 19 July

Readers will need to continue wearing a face covering when entering and moving around the building (unless exempt).
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New to Open Access

Six volumes of the Studies of the German Historical Institute, and Vol. 77 of the Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts have just become avaialable via Open Access. Please see the Open Access page for full details, links to the individual volumes, and a complete list of Open Access resources.




Events and Conferences


7–10 September 2021

Summer School

British Decolonization in a European Perspective
18th Summer School in British History

German Historical Institute London

14 October (6.30pm)

European Leo Baeck Lecture Series London

Natasha Gordinsky (Haifa)
‘Your Heimat is our Nightmare’: Post-Soviet Poetic Interventions in German Culture

Online event

28–30 October 2021


Contemporary historians and the re-use of social science-generated data sets
An international dialogue on the challenges presented by ‘social data’

German Historical Institute London


Call for Papers


Call for Papers

Violence against Women: Historical and Comparative Perspectives
14–16 July 2022

Joint Workshop of the Humboldt Foundation Anneliese Maier Award and the German Historical Institute London

Convenors: Christina von Hodenberg and Jane Freeland (German Historical Institute London), Sylvia Walby (Violence & Society Centre, City University of London), Karen Shire (Essen College for Gender Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

German Historical Institute London

Closing date for applications: 1 October 2021





Prize of the German Historical Institute London

The Prize of the German Historical Institute London is awarded annually for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis on German history (submitted to a British or Irish university), British history or British colonial history (submitted to a German university), British-German relations or British-German comparative history (submitted to a British, Irish, or German university). The Prize is 1,000 Euros. To be eligible, applicants must have successfully completed doctoral exams and vivas between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021.

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2021


Gerda Henkel-Visiting Professorship

German Historical Institute London / London School of Economics and Political Science

Zum 1.9.2022 und zum 1.9.2023, jeweils für die Dauer von einem Jahr
Für den Themenbereich "Deutschland in Europa vom späten 19. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart"

Ausschreibungsschluss: 15/09/2021


Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants from the Max Weber Foundation

Once a year, the Max Weber Foundation (MWS) confers Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants to young academics with an international focus. The travel grants are meant to improve the career opportunities for humanities and social science academics in their qualification phase. The scientists conduct a self-chosen research project in at least two and at most three host countries which are home to MWS institutes and branches or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History.

Closing date for applications: 8 October 2021

GHIL Bulletin

Volume 43 (2021), No. 1

May Issue

Featured Article

Mirjam Brusius

Introduction to Special Issue
Living through the Wende: Housing and the Home c.1989

German Historical Institute London Bulletin, vol. 43 (2021), no. 1, 3–11

Featured Article

Sonya Schönberger

Zingster Straße 25

German Historical Institute London Bulletin, vol. 43 (2021), no. 1, 12-33

New Publications

Julian Katz

Kriegslegitimation in der Frühen Neuzeit

Intervention und Sicherheit während des anglo-spanischen Krieges (1585-1604)

Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London. Bd. 86

Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2021

Cristina Sasse

Die Stadt lesen

Englische “Directories” als Wissens- und Orientierungsmedien, 1760–1830

Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London. Bd. 85

Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2021

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Peter Mandler

The Crisis of the Meritocracy

How Popular Demand (not Politicians) Made Britain into a Mass Education Society

The Annual Lecture / German Historical Institute London. 2020

London: German Historical Institute London, 2021

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Featured Research


Cross-Cutting Research Theme

Histories of Kinship and Gender

Black and white image of a group of students during the student revolution, 1967/68, West Berlin (Stiftung Haus der Geschichte, Ludwig Binder, [CC BY-SA 2.0])

The categories of kinship and gender are powerful indicators of social place, but also social binding agents. How are individuals and groups assigned a social place? How are social hierarchies and differences, or support networks, created by the production of kinship and gender identities? Attention will be paid to the role of experts and knowledge, to practices ‘from below’, and the negotiation and strengthening of norms by situative performances. This will involve a dialogue with new methods and theories from other disciplines such as ethnography and gender studies. Both gender and kinship are here understood as multi-relational, in the sense of intersectionality.

Related Projects


GHIL Podcast

Tanika Sarkar

The Past in the Present: Historical Pedagogy of Hindu Nationalism in India

Part of the GHIL Summer Lecture Series, 29 June 2021

0:59 h

This lecture discusses the historical pedagogy of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (‘National Volunteer Organisation’), which is the ideological inspiration behind India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP has been continuously in power for the last seven years. Together, the two movements are interrelated parts of an intricate organizational apparatus which has innumerable affiliates all over the country. A particular version of Indian history has long been a core part of their propaganda machinery, and their vast range of formal and informal educational institutions propagate identical historical lessons. After a brief overview of the cardinal tenets of this history, this talk focuses on the methods of dissemination which have captured the popular discourse to a large extent and have predisposed significant sections of the electorate towards the BJP. The conclusion will highlight how and why this version of history has proved so successful in dislodging far more credible and compelling alternatives. 

Tanika Sarkar is Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her work investigates questions of religion, gender, and politics in both colonial and post-colonial South Asia, with a particular focus on women and the role of the Hindu Right. Her most recent book is Hindu Nationalism in India (2021).


Barbara Manthe

Writing a History of Right-Wing Terrorism in Post-WWII Germany: Chances, Challenges, and the Need for New Narratives

Part of the GHIL Summer Lecture Series, 15 June 2021

0:35 h

Although right-wing terrorism has been a highly relevant issue to German society in recent years, there is still surprisingly little knowledge about its history. This observation applies not only to the general public and the media, but also to historians, who have only recently begun to fill this gap. This lecture examines interpretations of right-wing terrorism in Germany after the Second World War. How do they relate to the master narratives of the Federal Republic and how are they entangled with interpretations of National Socialism? What current challenges do historians face in seeking new narratives of right-wing terrorism, and to what extent are these narratives contested by existing legends and speculations?

Barbara Manthe is a Research Fellow at the University of Bielefeld and an expert on the history of radical right-wing terrorism and violence in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1945.


Amy S. Kaufman

Medievalism, Extremism, and “White History”

Part of the GHIL Summer Lecture Series, 25 May 2021

0:37 h

The attack on the US Capitol in January 2021 showed right-wing extremists sporting a chaotic and cross-temporal panoply of symbols : from Spartan helmets and Confederate flags to Templar patches, Norse runes, an Indigenous headdress, and video game logos. This talk will explain how extremists weave symbols from particular historical moments, and from renditions of those moments in popular culture, into an alternate historical narrative that can most accurately be called ‘White History’ – a mythical understanding of the past that elevates whiteness, colonialism, and masculinity. Moreover, this talk will explore the way mainstream cultural forces such as textbooks, media, and political speech reinforce these narratives even though they contradict real, recorded history.

Amy S. Kaufman is a medievalist working as a full-time writer and speaker on medieval literature, popular culture, and the relevance of the Middle Ages to contemporary politics. Most recently she co-authored the book The Devil’s Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past (2020).  


Latest Blogposts

28 July 2021


Charlotta Salmi

Framing Women’s Rights in Nepali Street Art

If you walk down the streets of Kathmandu, you can’t fail to notice its vibrant street art scene. When I first visited the city in 2018, I was taken aback by the juxtaposition of heritage buildings and slick urban iconography that defined the capital and its environs...

Category: ISWG, Research

13 July 2021


Julian Katz

Intervention on Behalf of Foreign Subjects during the Anglo-Spanish War, 1585–1604

It is fitting that my dissertation on the idea of intervention and protection of foreign subjects during the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604) has been published in the GHIL’s series, as it touches on one of the most researched periods of English history: the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and the Anglo-Spanish War...

Category: Publications, Research