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Germany in the World: A Global History, 1500-2000

Date & Time

Feb. 26, 2024
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET


Online Only
Zoom Webinar


Germany in the World challenges readers to reexamine German history of the last five hundred years from a global perspective. Viewed through this lens, familiar landmarks appear in a different light and unfamiliar aspects appear, like the “German Atlantic”. David Blackbourn’s book, which interweaves geopolitics, culture, economics, and movements of people, transcends the conventional boundaries of modern German history, taking readers from the Australian bush to Shanghai, German scientists in Siberia to America’s “Little Germanys”. 

David Blackbourn became professor emeritus in 2023 after a fifty-year career teaching at Cambridge, London, Harvard, and Vanderbilt. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy, he has also held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the DAAD, and the Institute for Advanced Study. His many books include the prize-winning Marpingen: Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Nineteenth-Century Germany (1993) and The Conquest of Nature (2006).

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks its anonymous individual donors and institutional partner (the George Washington University History Department) for their continued support.



David Blackbourn

Professor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University


Frank Bösch

Frank Bösch

Director, Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam; Professor of German and European 20th Century History, University of Potsdam
Sandrine Kott

Sandrine Kott

 Professor of modern European history,  University of Geneva

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History and Public Policy Program

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