Bernard Degen

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Bernard Degen (born March 29, 1952 in Basel ) is a Swiss historian .


Degen attended schools in Allschwil and Münchenstein from 1959 to 1971 . From 1971 he studied history , economics , sociology and philosophy at the University of Basel and graduated in 1978 with a licentiate . He then completed a short postgraduate course at the Sorbonne .

Until 1981 he was a research assistant at the Department of History at the University of Basel. From 1982 to 1990 he worked as a freelance historian and publicist . In 1990 he received his doctorate from the University of Basel , where he was employed again as a research assistant from 1990 to 1991. He worked on national fund projects (1986–1987, 1991–1994, 2006–2009) and lectured at the Universities of Zurich (1990–1991, 1994–1995, 1996–1997), Basel (1995–1997, 2003–2004, 2010) ) and Freiburg (2010) are true. At the Historical Institute of the University of Bern , Degen was senior assistant from 1996 to 2003 and lecturer from 2003 to 2007 . Since 1992 he has been working as a scientific advisor at the Historical Lexicon of Switzerland , for which he has also written numerous articles.

Degen deals with the Swiss economic and social history of the 20th century, in particular with industrial relations and social policy.

Fonts (selection)

  • Directional struggles in the Swiss Trade Union Confederation 1918–1924. Series W, Zurich 1980, ISBN 3-85854-010-2 (revised licentiate thesis, University of Basel, 1977/78).
  • The Basel of the Others: History of the Basel Trade Union Movement. Edited by the Basel trade union federation on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. Z-Verlag, Basel 1980, ISBN 3-85990-073-6 .
  • War against war! The Basel Peace Congress of the Socialist International of 1912. Edited by the Social Democratic Party of Basel-Stadt on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. Z-Verlag, Basel 1990, ISBN 3-85990-101-X .
  • Farewell to the class struggle: The partial integration of the Swiss trade union movement between the national strike and the global economic crisis (1918–1929) (= Basel Contributions to History. Vol. 161). Helbing and Lichtenhahn, Basel / Frankfurt am Main 1991, ISBN 3-7190-1153-4 (dissertation, University of Basel, 1990).
  • Social democracy: countervailing power? Opposition? Federal Council Party? The history of the government participation of the Swiss social democrats. Orell Füssli, Zurich 1993, ISBN 3-280-02199-5 .

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