Jürgen Osterhammel

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Jürgen Osterhammel (born 1952 in Wipperfürth, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German historian specialized in world history.

Academia[change | change source]

Osterhammel started his academic career as a research fee student at the London School of Economics in 1976/77 and studied and worked there under Professor Ian Nish. In 1980 he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kassel (Germany) in modern history. Two years later he started as a fellow at the German Historical Institute in London. Between 1986 and 1990 he was a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Freiburg (Germany). He then worked for seven years as professor of modern history at the FernUniversität Hagen, a distance-learning university in Germany. He has also worked as a professor of modern history at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and the in the same position in the University of Konstanz (Germany) in 1999.[1] In 2001-2002 he was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.[2] In 2014 he was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.[3]

Awards[change | change source]

In 2018 he received the Balzan Prize for Global History "For his fundamental contribution to studies in global history and the definition of the discipline. For his method, which combines the rigour of empirical research while opening onto wide perspectives in an admirably balanced way, both through comparison and through the study of interconnected histories. For his elegant, fascinating style of writing."

Areas of Research[change | change source]

Selected bibliography[change | change source]

  • Mommsen, Wolfgang J. & Jürgen Osterhammel, eds. (1987). Max Weber and his contemporaries. London: Allen & Unwin.
  • Osterhammel, Jürgen (Spring 2003). "In search of a Nineteenth Century". Bulletin of the German Historical Institute. 32: 9–28. Archived from the original on 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  • Colonialism: A Theoretical Overview (2nd edn., Princeton 2005)
  • Globalization: A Short History (with Niels P. Petersson, Princeton 2005)
  • The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014)
  • Decolonization: A Short History (with Jan C. Jansen, Princeton University Press, 2017)

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. ASEN, "Conference Speaker Biographies", http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/ASEN/Conference%20Speaker%20Bios.html[permanent dead link]
  2. NIAS. Former Fellows: Biographies, "J.K. Osterhammel". http://www.nias.knaw.nl/Pages/NIA/20/212.bGFuZz1FTkc.html Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "British Academy announces 42 new fellows". Times Higher Education. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.