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Alexander Nützenadel (born August 23, 1965 in Karlsruhe ) is a German historian .

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Alexander Nützenadel attended the Hölderlin-Gymnasium Heidelberg and graduated from high school in 1984 . From 1984 to 1990 he studied history , economics , computer science and Romance studies at the Georg-August University of Göttingen , the Free University of Berlin and with a DAAD scholarship at the University of Venice . 1992-1994 he was staying with a PhD scholarship at the German Historical Institute in Rome and in 1995 at the Faculty of University of Cologne with the work of agricultural, government and self-sufficiency doctorate . From 1995 to 2003 he was a research assistant at the Department of History at the University of Cologne and from 2000 to 2001 he worked on a Feodor Lynen fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Columbia University in New York City . In 2004 he completed his habilitation in Cologne. From 2004 to 2005 he worked at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar .

In 2006 he was appointed professor for comparative European economic and social history at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) . There he was Vice Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies from 2007 to 2008 and Vice President for Research from 2008 to 2009 . Since 2009 he has been Professor of Social and Economic History at the Institute for History at the Humboldt University in Berlin . From 2010 to 2012 he was a member of the Academic Senate and 2013 to 2014 Managing Director of the Institute for Historical Studies.

He has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Historical Institute in Washington since 2008 and has been its chairman since 2012. He is a member of the Association of Historians in Germany and the Working Group for Legal Studies and Contemporary History at the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz . Since 2013 he has been the spokesman for the Independent Commission of Historians dealing with the history of the Reich Ministry of Labor during the Nazi era. He is co-editor of the journal Neue Politische Literatur and the series of critical studies on the science of history .


  • 1995: Offermann Hergarten Prize from the University of Cologne for his dissertation on Agriculture, the State and Autarky
  • 2006: René Kuczynski Prize for Economic History for the book Hour of the Economists
  • 2006: Offermann-Hergarten-Prize of the University of Cologne for his habilitation thesis Hour of Economists


  • Agriculture, the state and self-sufficiency. Agricultural Policy in Fascist Italy (1922–1943) (= Library of the German Historical Institute in Rome. Volume 86). Dissertation. University of Cologne 1995. Niemeyer, Tübingen 1997, ISBN 3-484-82086-1 .
  • Hour of economists. Science, politics and expert culture in the Federal Republic 1949–1974 (= critical studies on historical science . 166). Habilitation thesis. University of Cologne 2004. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 3-525-35149-6 .
  • with Werner Plumpe , Catherine R. Schenk: Deutsche Bank. The global house bank 1870–2020. Propylaea, Berlin 2020, ISBN 978-3-549-10016-5 .


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Individual evidence

  1. Members of the working group for law and contemporary history at the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz
  2. René Kuczynski Prize 2006 to Alexander Nützenadel… of the International Conference of Labor and Social History