Professor Arnd Bauerkämper

Professor Arnd Bauerkämper

Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor

Department of International History

Telephone
+44 (0)20 7107 5107
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5107
Room No
SAR.2.17
Office Hours
Wednesdays, 11:00-13:00

About me

I was born in Detmold (Germany) on 20 August 1958. After primary education (1966-69) and higher secondary school (Gymnasium), I studied History and English at the University Biele­feld, Germany, from October 1978 to July 1982 and from October 1983 to July 1986. As a postgraduate student, I spent an academic year at Wadham College, Oxford, in 1982-83. My published PhD thesis dealt with the emer­gence and upsurge of radical nationalist, anti-Semitic and fascist movements in Britain from the late nineteenth century to 1945 in comparative per­spective.

After establishing a museum in Landkreis Emsland (North-Western Germany) from 1991 to 1993, I worked as a Research Fellow of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam. In June 2001, my Habilitation on the transformation of rural society and agriculture in the Soviet zone of occupation and the GDR (in comparison with land reform and collectivization in the Soviet Union and in East European states after 1945) was accepted at the Free University of Berlin. Besides my book on this topic (brought out in 2002), I have written monographs on the social history of the GDR (for the textbook series Enzyklopädie deutscher Geschichte, published in 2005), on fascism in Europe from 1918 to 1945 (Der Faschismus in Europa 1918-1945, brought out by Philipp Reclam in 2006) and on the contested memories of National Socialism, Fascism and the Second World War in Europe (Das umstrittene Gedächtnis. Die Erinnerung an Nationalsozialismus, Faschis­mus und Krieg in Europa seit 1945, published in 2012). My publications (in German and English) also include volumes and articles on the European Revolutions of 1848-49, ‘mental maps’ of Europe, political and social relations between Bri­tain and the GDR during the Cold War as well as on the transfer and dissemination of Anglo-American models of democracy in West Germany from 1945 to the mid-1960s. My new research topic deals with the relationship between security and humanity, focusing on the treatment of civilian ‘enemy aliens’ in the First World War.

Since my dissertation, my research has concentrated on German history in its European con­text as well as the emergence of entanglements in Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Apart from my publications, I have been closely involved in a number of projects on the cross-border history of Germany. As Managing Director of the Berliner Kolleg für Ver­gleichende Geschichte Europas (BKVGE), I ran an historical institute which was supported by two major German foundations, the Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung (Frank­furt/Main) and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung (Düsseldorf), from 2001 to 2009. The BKVGE concentrated on com­parative European history and entanglements in Europe since the late eighteenth century. Since 2010, I have directed and conducted several research projects on the social and cultural history of Europe in transatlantic perspective.

I regularly teach as Professor of Modern European History at the Department of History of the Free University of Berlin. I also had the chance to give courses at the History Department of Central European Univer­sity, Budapest, from 9 January to 24 March 2006 (one PhD Course and one MA Course, both of them in English) and at the Department of History at Ball State University (Indiana, USA) from 23 February to 24 April 2009.

Moreover, I collaborated in the network ‘Towards a European Civil Society’, which has been funded by the Commission of the European Union from 2003 to 2005 (Fifth Framework Programme). Moreover, I was a member of the Board of the international research project on ‘Nations – Borders – Identities. The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in European Experiences and Memories’ (funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) from 2005 to 2008. Not least, the network of my international academic cooperation has been reinforced by my membership of the Board of H-German from 2006 to 2008. I am a co-founder of the Centre for German Studies at Beijing University (supported by the German Academic Exchange Service). In 2016, I participated in an evalu­ation committee of the Norwegian Research Council on the state of the humanities (Archae­ology, History and Cultural Studies) in Norway (HUMEVAL). Most recently, I have served as a member of the Board of the Association for the History of Berlin (Historische Kommission zu Berlin).

*** Professor Arnd Bauerkämper is the 2017-18 Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor ***

Expertise

19th and 20th c. Civil Society in Europe; Interwar Fascism in Europe; Post-1945 Germany Social and Cultural History; Post-1945 British-German Relations; World War II and Holocaust in post-1945 Europe

Teaching

Professor Arnd Bauerkämper teaches the following courses in the department:

At postgraduate level:

HY473: The GDR and Communist Parties in Europe 1949-1990

Publications

Professor Arnd Bauerkämper has published extensively on his areas of expertise. These are his most recent publications:

Monographs:

  • Das umstrittene Gedächtnis. Erinnerungskonflikte über den Nationalsozialismus, Fa­schismus, Holocaust und die Kollaboration in Europa seit 1945 (Paderborn 2012), 520 pp
  • Von der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft zur Zivilgesellschaft. Überlegun­gen zu den Trägern und zur Handlungspraxis sozialen Engagements am Beispiel Deutsch­lands im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert in globalhistorischer Perspektive (Center for Area Studies, Working Paper 1/2010, Freie Universität Berlin), Berlin 2010 (35 pp.).

 

Volumes

  • Arnd Bauerkämper / Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe (eds.), Fascism without Borders. Transnational Connections and Cooperation between Movements and Re­gimes in Europe from 1918 to 1945 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2017), 384 pp.
  • Arnd Bauerkämper / Andreas Nachama (eds.), Faschismus in Europa 1919-1945 (Zeit­schrift für Geschichtswissenschaft 65 [2017], No. 2, 184 pp.).
  • Gregory R. Witkowski / Arnd Bauerkämper (eds.), German Philanthropy in Transatlan­tic Perspective. Perceptions, Exchanges and Transfers since the Early Twentieth Century (New York 2016), 250 pp.
  • Arnd Bauerkämper / Natalia Rostislavleva (eds.), Sicherheitskulturen im Vergleich. Deutschland und Russland / UdSSR seit dem späten 19. Jahrhundert (Paderborn 2014) 257 pp.
  • Arnd Bauerkämper / Odd-Bjørn Fure / Øystein Hetland / Robert Zimmermann (eds.), From Patriotic Memory to a Universalistic Narrative? Shifts in Norwegian Memory Culture after 1945 in Comparative Perspective (Essen 2014), 305 pp.
  • Constantin Iordachi / Arnd Bauerkämper (eds.), The Collectivization of Agriculture in Communist Eastern Europe.Comparison and Entanglements (Budapest 2014), 557 pp.
  • Arnd Bauerkämper / Hartmut Kaelble (eds.), Gesellschaft in der europäischen Integra­tion seit den fünfziger Jahren. Migration – Konsum – Sozialpolitik - Reprä­sentationen (Stuttgart 2012), 187 pp.
  • Arnd Bauerkämper / Francesco Di Palma (eds.), Bruderparteien jenseits des Eisernen Vorhangs. Die Beziehungen der SED zu den kommunistischen Parteien West- und Südeuropas (1968-1989) (Berlin 2011), 253 pp.

 

Book series:

  • Co-editor of the book series “Kontroversen um die Geschichte“ (together with Peter Stein­bach und Edgar Wolfrum; Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt). 14 volumes published.
  • Co-editor of the book series ”Nationen, Grenzen, Identitäten. Die Revolutions- und Na­poleoni­schen Kriege in der europäischen Erfahrung und Erinnerung“ (together with Etienne François und Karen Hagemann; Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn). 3 volumes published.

 

Article and book chapters:

  • “Reisen in die Vergangenheit. Westdeutsche Soldaten, Kriegsgräberfürsorge und ‘Schlachtfeldtourismus‘ von 1945 bis 1990“, Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift 76 (2017), S. 104-131.
  • Arnd Bauerkämper, “Die Bodenreform in der Sowjetischen Besatzungszone und die Kollektivierung in der DDR“, Jürgen Schneider (ed.), Die Ursachen für den Zusammenbruch der Sowjetunion und der DDR (1945-1990). Eine ordnungstheoretische Analyse (Stuttgart 2017), pp. 331-340.
  • Arnd Bauerkämper / Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe, “Fascism without Borders. Transna­tional Connections and Cooperation between Movements and Regimes in Europe, 1918-1945”, Arnd Bauerkämper / Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe (eds.), Fascism without Borders. Transnational Connections and Cooperation between Movements and Re­gimes in Europe from 1918 to 1945 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2017), pp. 1-38.
  • Arnd Bauerkämper, “Afterword: Between Cooperation and Conflict: Perspectives of Historical Research on Transnational Fascism”, Arnd Bauerkämper / Grzegorz Ros­soliński-Liebe (eds.), Fascism without Borders. Transnational Connections and Coop­eration between Movements and Regimes in Europe from 1918 to 1945 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2017), pp. 355-363.
  • “Der europäische Faschismus in transnationaler Perspektive“, Arnd Bauerkämper / An­dreas Nachama (eds.), Faschismus in Europa 1919-1945 (Zeitschrift für Ge­schichtswissenschaft 65 [2017], No. 2, 184 S.), pp. 170-184.
  • Arnd Bauerkämper / Arnd Bauerkämper, “Editorial“, Arnd Bauerkämper / Andreas Nachama (eds.), Faschismus in Europa 1919-1945 (Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissen­schaft 65 [2017], No. 2), pp. 101 f.
  • Arnd Bauerkämper, “Holocaust Memory and the Experiences of Migrants. Germany and Western Europe after 1945”, Jakob S. Eder / Philipp Gassert / Alan E. Steinweis (eds.), Holocaust Memory in a Globalizing World (Göttingen 2017), pp. 31-44.
  • “World War I in Twentieth-Century European History”, Jarosław Suchoples / Stefanie James (eds.), Re-visiting World War I. Interpretations and Perspectives of the Great Conflict (Frankfurt/Main 2016), pp 187-206.
  • “‘Generation‘ als Selbstdeutung, Die Erinnerung an den Nationalsozialismus, Almut Hille / Huang Liaoyu / Benjamin Langer (eds.), Generationenverhältnisse in Deutschland und China. Soziale Praxis – Kultur – Medien (Berlin 2016), pp. 91-113.
  • “Gedächtnisschichten. Der Erste und Zweite Weltkrieg in den Erinnerungskulturen“, Monika Fenn / Christiane Kuller (eds.), Auf dem Wege zur transnationalen Erinne­rungskultur? Konvergenzen, Interferenzen und Differenzen der Erinnerung an den Ersten Weltkrieg im Jubiläumsjahr 2014 (Schwalbach/Ts. 2016), pp. 37-65.
  • “Verflechtung in der Abgrenzung. Ein Paradox als Perspektive der historischen DDR-Forschung“, Ulrich Mählert (eds.), Die DDR als Chance. Neue Perspektiven auf ein altes Thema (Berlin 2016), pp. 71-78.
  • “World War I in Twentieth-Century European History”, Jarosław Suchoples / Stefanie James (eds.), Re-visiting World War I. Interpretations and Perspectives of the Great Conflict (Frankfurt/Main 2016), pp. 187-206.
  • “Vorwort“, Francesco Di Palma / Wolfgang Müller (eds.), Europapolitik und -vorstellun­gen europäischer kommunistischer Parteien im Kalten Krieg (Paderborn 2016), pp. 7-12.
  • “Auf dem Weg zu einer ‘Europäischen Erinnerungskultur‘? Politisch-gesellschaftliche Debatten und geschichtswissenschaftliche Befunde“, Gegen Vergessen – Für Demo­kratie, No. 85, June 2015, pp. 6-8.
  • “Historical Research in the Field of Security. Concepts, Data Analysis and Social Signifi­cance after ‘9/11’”, Efim Pivovar / Vera Zabotkina / Christoph Wulf (eds.), The Role of Humanities in Modern Society. State of the Art and Perspectives (Moscow 2015), pp. 80-113 (in Russian).
  • “European Integration by Cross-Border Exchange: Actors in Transnational and Na­tional Spaces in the Emerging Civil Society since the late Eighteenth Century”, Stefanie Börner / Monika Eigmüller (eds.), European Integration, Processes of Change and National Experience (Houndmills 2015), pp 228-254.
  • “Geteilte deutsche Geschichte: Verflechtungen und Abgrenzungen“, Michael Herms / Fritz Tack (eds.), Kolloquium Agrargeschichte anlässlich des 80. Geburtstages von Prof. Dr. Siegfried Kuntsche (Rostock 2015), pp. 40-52.
  • “Der ‘Große Krieg‘ als Beginn: das Verhältnis zwischen traditionalen Ordnungskonzep­ten, Faschismus und Autoritarismus“, Totalitarismus und Demokratie 12 (2015), pp. 73-96.

 

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