How to do European History? Current approaches and controversies (Serie si seminari online)

How to do European History? Current approaches and controversies

Thursday 10-12, FRS 191, Room 5008: Hybrid European Course

How to connect:  On Site: Friedrichstr. 191 Room 5008

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Meeting-ID: 649 2300 4725   Passcode: 220104

  1. April 20, 2023 Topic:                       Introduction

Conveners:            Heike Wieters & Hannes Grandits

Reading:                 Stephane Michonneau, Thomas Serrier: One heritage, one story: that’s not the Europe we know, in: The Guardian (2019), online:

  1. April 27, 2023                 Topic:                       Europe in historical Thinking, Projects & Historiography

Conveners:            Heike Wieters & Hannes Grandits

Guest:                      Tonio Schwertner

Reading:                 Hansen et al, Introduction, in: Jan Hansen/Jochen Hung/Jaroslav Ira/Judit Klement/Sylvain Lesage/Juan Luis Simal/Andrew Tompkins (Hg.), The European Experience: A Multi-Perspective History of Modern Europe, 1500–2000, S. xv–xx.

Richard Evans: What is European History? Reflections of a Cosmopolitan Islander. European History Quarterly, 40/4 (2010), pp. 593–605.


  1. May 4, 2023                   Topic:                       European History through Photography

Conveners:            Radina Vucetic & Hannes Grandits

Reading:                 Hicks, Jeremy, Icononoclasm, Resanctification and the Post-Soviet Victory Cult, in: JEREMY HICKS (Hg.), Victory Banner Over the Reichstag 2020, S. 170–215.

Betts, Paul, The Intimacy of Revolution, in: Jennifer Evans/Paul Betts/Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Hg.), The Ethics of Seeing 2018, S. 250–273.

  1. May 11, 2023                   Topic:                       Europe between War & Peace

Conveners:            William Mulligan & Hannes Grandits

Reading:                 Mark Mazower: Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century. London: Penguin, 1998, pp. ix-xvi (“Preface”) and pp. 402-410 (“Epilogue”).

Stella Ghervas, Conquering Peace. From the Enlightenment to the European Union (Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 2020), pp. 18-28, 348-74

  1. May 25, 2023 Topic:                       European Women’s & Gender History

Conveners:            Heike Wieters

Reading:                 Maria Bucur: An Archipelago of Stories: Gender History in Eastern Europe, in: The American Historical Review, Vol. 113, No. 5 (Dec., 2008), pp. 1375-1389.

Lynn Abrams: The Unseamed Picture: Conflicting Narratives of Women in the Modern European Past, in: Gender & History, 20, 3 (2008), 628-643.

  1. June 1, 2023: Topic:                       Love, Emotions and Europe(anness)

Conveners:            Hannes Grandits

Reading:                 Luisa Passerini, Forms of Love and Limits of Europeanness. Intentions and Assumptions. In: Ibid.: Love and the Idea of Europe. New York, Oxford: Berghahn, 2009, pp. 1-20.

  1. June 15, 2023 Topic:                       European Economies

Conveners:            Daniela Felsini & Hannes Grandits

Reading:                 Berend, T. Ivan, Case studies on modern European economy. Entrepreneurs, inventions, institutions, London 2013, pp. 46-89.

  1. June 22, 2023 Topic:                       European History and the History of EU Integration

Conveners:            Heike Wieters

Reading:                 Wolfram Kaiser: From Isolation to Centrality: Contemporary History Meets European Studies. In: Wolfram Kaiser and Antonio Varsori (eds): European Union History. Themes and Debates. Basingstoke: Palgrave Mc Millan, 2010, pp. 45-65.

                                                                                         Patel, Kiran Klaus, Project Europe. A history, Cambridge, United Kingdom 2020, p. 13-49.

  1. June 28, 2023 Topic: Social Europe and Where to Find it
    Conveners:            Heike Wieters

Reading:                 Hannes Grandits: Introduction: The reshaping of family and kin relations in European welfare systems. In: Hannes Grandits (ed.): Family, Kinship and State in Contemporary Europe (Vol. 1). The Century of Welfare: Eight Countries, Frankfurt: Campus, 2010, pp. 23-46

Kott, Sandrine, Constructing a European Social Model. The Fight for Social Insurance in the Interwar Period, in: Jasmien van Daele/Magaly Rodríguez Garcia/Geert van Goethem/van der Linden, Marcel (Hg.), ILO Histories. Essays on the International Labour Organization and its Impact on the World during the Twentieth Century, Bern, New York 2010, pp. 173–195.

  1. July 6, 2023 Topic:                       Fascism in Europe

Conveners:            Michael Wildt & Hannes Grandits

Reading:                 TBD

  1. July 13, 2023 Topic:                       ‘Writing the History of Post-Colonial Europe

Conveners:            Gennaro Gervasio & Heike Wieters

Reading:                 Berger, Maurits, A Brief History of Islam in Europe. Thirteen Centuries of Creed, Conflict and Coexistence, Amsterdam 2014, pp. 199-250

  1. July 20, 2023 Topic:                       Finding Europe: Seminar Wrap-Up

Conveners:            Heike Wieters & Hannes Grandits

Reading:                 TBD

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