Dominik Geppert

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Dominik Geppert at the Wolf-Erich-Kellner-Preis award 2013

Dominik Geppert (born October 8, 1970 in Freiburg im Breisgau ) is a German historian .

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The son of the Berlin criminal law professor Klaus Geppert studied history, philosophy and law in Freiburg and Berlin from 1990 to 1996 . From 1996 to 2000 he was a research assistant at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute of the Free University of Berlin with Arnulf Baring (1996–1997) and Hagen Schulze (1997–2000). There he received his doctorate in October 2000 with a thesis on the origin of Thatcherism in Great Britain , initiated by Arnulf Baring and supervised by Hagen Schulze . From 2000 to 2005 he was a research assistant at the German Historical Institute in London . In 2006 he completed his habilitation at the Free University of Berlin with a thesis on public relations and diplomacy in German-British relations from 1896 to 1912 that was written by Hagen Schulze. Since 2006, he has taught at the Free University of Berlin. From 2007 to 2008 Geppert was substitute professor for Eckart Conze at the University of Marburg . From 2008 to 2010 he was a substitute professor at the University of Bonn for the sick Klaus Hildebrand . In 2010 he was appointed professor for modern and contemporary history at the University of Bonn. In the 2018/19 winter semester, Geppert moved to the University of Potsdam ; as the successor to Manfred Görtemaker, he holds the professorship for history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Century.

Geppert's main research interests are international relations in the 19th and 20th centuries, the cultural history of the Cold War , the press and politics in Europe from 1830 to 1930, and German intellectuals in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Since March 2011, Geppert has been in charge of the edition of the 2012 published diary by Hans Werner Richter in Bonn . In 2013 he and Hans-Peter Schwarz († 2017) edited the "Rhöndorfer Edition" of Konrad Adenauer's letters and diaries . Alongside Eckart Conze , Joachim Scholtyseck , Elke Seefried , Jürgen Frölich and Ewald Grothe, he has been the editor of the yearbook on research on liberalism , which is published on behalf of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom , since 2017 . He is also a member of the board of trustees for the award of the Wolf-Erich-Kellner Prize . Geppert has been a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and the Arts since 2015 and a full member of the Historical Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences since 2017 . Since 2018 he has been President of the Commission for the History of Parliamentarism and Political Parties .



  • Thatcher's Conservative Revolution. The change of direction of the British Tories 1975–1979 (= publications of the German Historical Institute London. Volume 53). Oldenbourg, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-486-56661-X (also: Berlin, Free University, dissertation, 2000).
  • Press wars. Public Relations and Diplomacy in German-British Relations (1896–1912) (= publications of the German Historical Institute, London. Volume 64). Oldenbourg, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-486-58402-8 (also: Berlin, Free University, habilitation thesis, 2005-2006) ( review ).
  • The Adenauer era. 3rd, bibliographically updated edition. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 2012, ISBN 978-3-534-24900-8 .
  • A Europe that doesn't exist. The fatal explosive power of the euro. With a foreword by Udo di Fabio . Europa Verlag, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-944305-18-9 .


  • with Jens Hacke : dispute over the state. Intellectual debates in the Federal Republic 1960–1980. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2008, ISBN 978-3-525-36758-2 .
  • with Frank Lorenz Müller : Sites of imperial memory. Commemorating colonial rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Manchester University Press, Manchester 2015, ISBN 978-0-7190-9081-3 .
  • with Thomas Becker, Philip Rosin: History of the University of Bonn. 4 vols. V & R unipress, Göttingen 2018, ISBN 978-3-8471-0889-4 .
  • with Hans Jörg Hennecke : Interests, values, responsibility: German foreign policy between the nation state, Europe and the West. Schöningh, Paderborn 2019, ISBN 978-3-506-70164-0 .
  • with Peter Geiss, Julia Reuschenbach: A set of values ​​for the world? Universalism in the past and present. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden – Baden 2019, ISBN 978-3-8487-5378-9 .
  • with Thomas Becker and Helmut Rönz: The Rhineland on the way to Prussia 1815–1822 . Böhlau, Vienna 2019, ISBN 978-3-412-50912-5 .

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  1. Wolf Erich Kellner Prize of the WEK Memorial Foundation .