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GERMAN HISTORY, the Journal of the German History Society was first published in 1984. It has a circulation of over 600, in the UK and abroad, and it is now published in four issues each year. Every issue contains scholarly articles and book reviews on various aspects of German history and the history of the German-speaking world; there are also review articles and reports on exhibitions and conferences, as well as news items of various kinds. The contributors include established historians, younger colleagues and postgraduate students. You can subscribe to it for only £57 per annum for individuals who reside in the European Union, or £25 for members of the German History Society who reside in the European Union. There is a reduced rate for postgraduates. Please go to JOURNAL for a sample copy and more information on how to subscribe and on overseas rates.


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Partisan and Anti-partisan Warfare in German-Occupied Europe, 1939-1945

Glasgow Caledonian University, 21-22 June 2007

Dr Ben Shepherd, Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr Juliette Pattinson, University of Strathclyde

In association with
The German Historical Institute, London

The conference will present new research into the influences that shaped partisan and anti-partisan warfare across different parts of German-occupied Europe: military tactics and strategic aims; ideology; the increasingly destructive nature of twentieth-century warfare; conditions in the field; each side’s economic needs; cultural and psychological factors, and the political structures of the Third Reich and the occupied countries. Numerous papers will analyse the interaction of partisan and/or anti-partisan units with civilian populations, or the conflict from the viewpoint of more than one side.

Professor Evan Mawdsley, author of Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War 1941-1945, will be keynote speaker at the conference.


Glasgow Caledonian University, 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA.
Room details to follow in due course on the conference website (see link below).

Thursday 21 June

10.00. Welcome and introduction (Ben Shepherd)

10.15-11.20. Keynote speaker. Chair: Andreas Gestrich
Evan Mawdsley: Anti-German rebellions and their place in Allied grand strategy

11.45-1.20: Panel One – The Soviet Union, Pt. I. Chair: Iain Lauchlan

Kenneth Slepyan: Trying to See Clearly in a Twilight World:
Understanding Soviet Partisan and Civilian Relations in World War II

Alexander Hill: The Soviet Partisan Movement in North-West Russia 1941-1944

Jeff Rutherford: Soldiers into Nazis?
The German Infantry’s War against the Soviet Partisans in North-West Russia

2.20 – 3.35: Panel Two – The Soviet Union, Pt. 2. Chair: David Moon

Alex Statiev: Was Smuglianka a lunatic or Siguranta’s agent-provocateur?
Peculiarities of the Soviet partisan struggle in the western borderlands

Alexander Brakel: The Relationship between Soviet Partisans and the Civilian Population in Byelorussia under German Occupation, 1941-1944

4.00 – 5.15: Panel Three – The German Order Police. Chair: Donald Bloxham

Edward Westermann:
The German Police and Anti-Partisan Warfare in the Soviet Union

Erich Haberer:
The German Gendarmerie and Soviet Partisans in Belorussia, 1941-1944

Meet at 6.15pm in the foyer to go to the Corinthian wine bar for pre-dinner drinks


Friday 22 June

9.30 – 11.00: Panel Four – Yugoslavia. Chair: Klaus Schmider

Walter Manoschek: ‘Hostages for the good conduct of their race-comrades’:
A racist ideology of extermination as an Anti-Partisan-Warfare in World War II.
The example of Serbia

Alexander Korb: Intertwined Genocides?
Violence against Serbs, Jews and Roma in the Independent State of Croatia, 1941-1945

Gregor Kranjc: An Uncivil War of Ideas:
Partisan, German and Domobranci Propaganda in Occupied Slovenia, 1943-1945

11.30 – 12.45: Panel Five – Greece. Chair: Kostas Gemenis

Florian Dierl: Collective violence and individual scope of action:
Richard Sand and partisan warfare in Crete, 1941-1945

Vangelis Tzoukas: Bandits, partisans and the Germans:
The case of Epirus in north-western Greece, 1942-44


1.45 – 3.00: Panel Six – Italy. Chair: Phil Cooke

Michael Kelly: Women in the Italian Resistance: The ‘Other’ Within?

Julie le Gac: Allies and Italian Partisans, Fall 1943 – Summer 1944:
From Suspicion to Collaboration

3.25 – 5.00: Panel Seven – France. Chair: Steffan Prauser (Birmingham)

John Hellman: The Chateau d'Uriage during the German Occupation:
Training elites for Petain, the resistance, the Milice

Thomas Laub: Inter-agency Rivalry and Anti-Partisan Policy in Occupied France

Peter Lieb: Repercussions of Eastern Front Experiences on
Anti-partisan Warfare in France, 1944

5.00. Closing remarks (Juliette Pattinson) and end of conference

The conference is being generously supported by the German Historical Institute London, The German History Society and the Association for the Study of Modern Italy. For further information, contact details, and a registration form (closing date for registration: 21st May 2007), please visit the conference website at

German History Society members are entitled to a £5 discount on the £30 conference fee (£15 fee for postgraduates).


Germany 1930-1990: Structures, lived experiences and historical representations

UCL and GHIL, 22-23 March 2007

This conference explores the ways in which people of different social, generational and political backgrounds sustained, lived through and variously remembered the succeeding and contrasting regimes of the Third Reich, the Federal Republic and the GDR; and it reflects more broadly on the ways in which historians reconstruct and represent the continuities and contrasts in political structures, ideologies, and cultures of memory in Germany 1930 – 1990.

• All the main conference sessions will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1. The GHIL will also very kindly provide refreshments throughout the conference.
• The film showing on Thursday evening will be in the Old Refectory, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

Thursday 22 March

(GHIL, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1)

2:00-2:30 Welcome (Andreas Gestrich, Mark Hewitson, Mary Fulbrook)

Section I: Approaches to history and cultures of memory Chair: Ian Kershaw

2:30-4:00 Mary Fulbrook ‘History from within: Structures, lived experiences and historical representations’

Norbert Frei, ‘Opferaustausch? Recent discourses on the victims of the Germans and on the Germans as victims’

Hanna Schissler ‘Zeitgenossenschaft: Reflections on contemporary German history’

Section II: Repression, power and ideology Chair: Andreas Gestrich

4:30-5:30 Nick Stargardt, ‘Civilian morale during the war and the internalisation of Nazi values’

Jens Gieseke, ‘Secret police and public opinion in a closed society: What Stasi mood reports can (and cannot) tell’

5:30-7:00 Reception hosted by the GHIL

Film Showing

(UCL Old Refectory)

7:30-9:00 Film: Behind the Wall: ‘Perfectly Normal Lives’ in the GDR?
The world première of this new documentary film! Produced by MacayaFilm with generous support from the AHRC, and shown in conjunction with the UCL German Society. A ‘visual turn’ followed by discussion. Discussant: Josie McLellan

Friday 23 March (GHIL, 17 Bloomsbury Square)

Section III: Functionaries, regimes and everyday life

9:30-11:00 Chair: Thomas Lindenberger

Jill Stephenson, ‘Zealots, incompetents, footdraggers: Local functionaries in the Third Reich’

Esther von Richthofen, ‘Bending the rules while upholding the structures: Functionaries and the management of cultural life in the GDR’

George Last ‘Social courts, criminality and the resolution of social conflict in rural communities in the GDR’

11:30-1:00 Chair: Mark Allinson

Arnd Bauerkämper, ‘Path dependency and contingency: The tentacles of National Socialism and departures in the two Germanies in comparative perspective’

Klaus Naumann, ‘From the war of extermination to the peace of the bomb: Biographies of Bundeswehr generals in the context of changing regimes, institutions, and generations’

Jeannette Madarász, ‘Kalenderblätter. Perceptions of everyday life in the GDR’

Section IV: Private lives, cultural representations and politics

2:00-3:30 Chair: Mererid Puw Davies

Patrick Major, ‘Screening the Wehrmacht: Film representations of the “Good German”’

Christiane Winkler, ‘Heimkehrer in East and West Germany’

Bill Niven, ‘The influence of political and generational shifts on representations of the theme of Vertreibung’

4:00-5:00 Chair: Richard Bessel

Paul Betts, ‘Cold War civility: West and East German etiquette books after 1945’

Dorothee Wierling, ‘Sex, liberation and unification: Ego-documents and the GDR’

Section V: Concluding discussion: Germany 1930-1990 revisited

5:15-6:30 Chair: Mark Hewitson

Final discussion panel: Thomas Lindenberger, Alf Lüdtke, Josie McLellan

The conference has been generously supported by Marie Curie funding for the UCL Centre for European Studies, the German Historical Institute London, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung (Germany) and the German History Society. There is no charge for conference attendance, but those wishing to attend must register with Christiane Winkler no later than 14 March 2007 to facilitate catering arrangements.




Friday 19 October 2007
German Historical Institute London

General Aim
The first workshop ran in 2002 and has now established itself as the principal forum for cross-disciplinary discussion of new research on early modern German-speaking Central Europe. Previous themes have included artistic and literary representations, medicine and musicology, as well as political, social, economic and religious history. Contributions are welcome from those wishing to range outside the period generally considered as ‘early modern’, and from those engaged in comparative research on other parts of early modern Europe. The Workshop is sponsored by the German History Society, and the German Historical Institute and participation is free, including lunch.

The day will be organised as a series of themed workshops, each introduced by a panel chair and consisting of two to three short papers and a general discussion. The point of the papers is to present new findings or work-in-progress in summary form, rather than extended detailed discussion. Accordingly, participants are encouraged to:
• keep to 10 minutes
• highlight major findings or questions
• indicate how work might develop in the future
• provide a short outline (no more than 1 side of A4) in advance for distribution to participants
The day will start around 10 am and finish around 5pm.

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How to take part
If you are interested in presenting a short paper, please send a short synopsis by 31 May 2007 to:

Prof Peter H. Wilson
Dept. of History
University of Hull
Hull, HU6 7RX

If you are interested in attending as a participant, please contact:

Dr Michael Schaich
German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2NJ

The German History Society would welcome proposals for conferences for 2007/8.

Please contact the Secretary for further details.



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