Hans Manfred Bock

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Hans Manfred Bock

Hans Manfred Bock (born May 13, 1940 in Kassel ) is a German political scientist and comparator who has taught and researched as a professor at the Sorbonne and at the Universities of Kassel and Paris III since 1970 .


Growing up in northern Hesse (Kassel) and southern Lower Saxony, Bock passed his Abitur at the Kassel secondary school in 1960. He enrolled in Marburg / Lahn for political science, German and Romance studies and studied in Marburg and Paris . In 1964/65 he was a teaching assistant and lecturer at the German department of the newly founded University of Orléans . He received his doctorate in political science under Wolfgang Abendroth in 1967 with a thesis on the history and political sociology of the German labor movement: “Syndicalism and Left Communism from 1918 to 1923”.

In 1968 he was placed as a lecturer at the Sorbonne in Paris by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). There he was involved in the establishment of the reform institution Institut d'Allemand d'Asnières (IAA) from 1969 under the direction of the Germanist and politician Pierre Bertaux and moved from the Sorbonne to the IAA. In 1970 he was appointed professeur associé at the IAA and was actively involved in the conception of the civilization component for German studies abroad, which was funded by the DAAD.

In 1972, Bock accepted a position at the then Comprehensive University of Kassel (GHK) for political science (political sociology) and for several years was mainly involved in the development and expansion of this discipline. In the summer of 1976 and 1977 he took on a visiting professorship in a postgraduate program in Middelbury / Vermont in the USA. He expanded his political, sociological and historical research on the labor movement and intellectual organizations in Germany to include the present and represented comparative political science first in teaching and then in research .

France and Germany remained the starting point and focus of Bock's comparative research. He was visiting professor at the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) in 1984/85 and shifted his research interest to questions of Franco-German relations in the 20th century with the focus on social and cultural relations between the two nations. In the 1990s, these studies were differentiated in two directions: on the one hand, dealing with intermediary institutions, organizations and personalities and, on the other hand, studying intellectual research.

Bock was visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in 1992/93 and at the IAA in 1999/2000. In Franco-German cooperation he developed several basic monographs on Franco-German intermediary institutions (including the German-French Institute (DFI) and the German-French Youth Office (DFJW)) and personalities (including André François-Poncet , Pierre Bertaux and Pierre Viénot as well as Ernst Robert Curtius and Paul Distelbarth ). In addition, he tried to contribute to the establishment of systematic intellectual research in Germany with research on German-language cultural magazines and the Marburg School . His monographs on the history and sociology of left radicalism in Germany are considered standard works.

Bock was co-editor of the France Yearbook, which is published by DFI, from 1991 to 2005 and co-editor of the bilingual magazine Lendemains. Études comparées sur la France . Comparative French research with responsibility for history and social sciences since 1988. He is a member of the German Association for Political Science , the German Association of Romanists and the Franco-German Committee for research into German and French history of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bock has been Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques since 2006 and was honored in 2005 with the Festschrift François Beilecke, Katja Marmetschke (ed.): The Intellectual and the Mandarin. For Hans Manfred Bock , Kassel 2005, Kassel University Press (809 pages).


The complete bibliography up to 2005 is in the commemorative publication Der Intellektuelle und der Mandarin. Documented for Hans Manfred Bock , Kassel 2005.


  • Cultural trailblazers for political conflict resolution. Mediator between Germany and France in the first half of the 20th century , Tübingen 2005, Gunter Narr Verlag, 412 pages, ISBN 3-8233-6182-1 .
  • Syndicalism and left communism from 1918 to 1923. A contribution to the social and intellectual history of the early Weimar Republic , Darmstadt 1993, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 499 p., ISBN 3-534-12005-1 .
  • History of "left radicalism" in Germany. An attempt , Frankfurt / Main 1976, Suhrkamp Verlag, 370 pp. (= Edition suhrkamp , No. 645), ISBN 3-518-00645-2 .
  • Syndicalism and left communism from 1918–1923. On the history and sociology of the Free Workers' Union of Germany (Syndicalists), the General Workers' Union of Germany and the Communist Workers' Party of Germany , Meisenheim / Glan 1969, Anton-Hain Verlag, 480 p. (= Marburger Abhandlungen zur Politischen Wissenschaft , Vol . 13), reprinted 1970.

Publishing activities

Books (from 2000)
  • (Ed. With Corine Defrance , Gilbert Krebs, Ulrich Pfeil ): Les Jeunes dans les relations internationales. L'Office franco-allemand pour la Jeunesse 1963-2008 , Paris 2008, Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 479 pp.
  • (Ed. With Michel Grunewald, Uwe Puschner): The Protestant intellectual milieu in Germany. His press and networks (1871–1963). Le milieu intellectuel protestant en Allemagne. Sa presse et ses réseaux (1871–1963) , Bern, Frankfurt / Main 2008, Peter Lang Verlag, 614 pages, ISBN 978-3-03-911519-8 .
  • (Ed. With Michel Grunewald, Uwe Puschner): Le milieu intellectuel catholique en Allemagne. Sa presse et ses réseaux (1871–1963). The Catholic intellectual milieu in Germany. His press and his networks (1871–1963) , Bern, Frankfurt / Main 2006, Peter Lang Verlag, 558 p., ISBN 3-03910-857-3 .
  • French culture in Berlin during the Weimar Republic. Cultural exchange and diplomatic relations , Tübingen 2005, Gunter Narr Verlag, 334 pp., ISBN 3-8233-6181-3 .
  • (Ed. With Ilja Mieck): Berlin-Paris (1900–1933). Places of encounter, patterns of perception, infrastructure problems in comparison , Bern, Frankfurt / Main 2005, Peter Lang Verlag, 384 pages, ISBN 3-906763-53-6 .
  • (Ed. With Gilbert Krebs): Echanges culturels et relations diplomatiques. Présences françaises à Berlin au temps de la République de Weimar , Paris 2004, Presses de l'Institut d'Allemand d'Asnières, 350 pp.
  • (Ed.): Franco-German encounter and European citizenship. Studies on the Franco-German Youth Organization 1963–2003 , Opladen, Leske + Budrich 2003 (= France Studies , Volume 7), 333 pages, ISBN 3-8100-3995-0 .
  • (Ed. With Michel Grunewald and Uwe Puschner): Le milieu intellectuel conservateur en Allemagne. Sa presse et ses réseaux (1890–1960). The conservative intellectual milieu in Germany. His press and his networks (1890–1960) , Bern 2003, 718 pages, ISBN 3-906770-16-8 .
  • (Ed. With Michel Grunewald): Le milieu intellectuel de gauche en Allemagne, sa presse et ses réseaux (1890–1960). The left intellectual milieu in Germany, its press and its networks (1890–1960) , Bern 2002, 708 p., ISBN 3-906768-78-3 .
  • (Ed. With Friedrich-Martin Balzer and Uli Schöler): Wolfgang Abendroth - scientific politician. Bio-bibliographical contributions , Opladen, Leske + Budrich 2001, 505 pages, ISBN 3-8100-3135-6 .
  • Le discours européen dans les revues allemandes (1945–1955). The European discourse in German magazines (1945–1955). Études réunies par Michel Grunewald en collaboration with Hans Manfred Bock , Bern, Berlin, Peter Lang Verlag 2001, 461 pages, ISBN 3-906758-26-5 .
  • (Mithrsg.): Pierre Bertaux. Un normalies à Berlin. Lettres franco-allemandes 1927–1933. Editées, annotées et commentées par Hans Manfred Bock, Gilbert Krebs et Hansgerd Schulte , Paris, Publications de l'Institut d'Allemand d'Asnieres 2001, 464 pp.
  • (Mithrsg.): Pierre Bertaux: Mémoires interrompus, Paris, Publications de l'Institut d'Allemand d'Asnières , 2000, 325 pp., ISBN 2-910212-14-9 .
Articles in compilations & special issues (selection)
  • Intellectuals , in: Robert Picht u. a. (Ed.): Strange friends. Germans and French before the 21st Century , Piper, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-49203956-1 , pp. 72–78 (anthology, by keywords).
  • Main topic: patterns of perception between Germany and France , in: Frankreich-Jahrbuch 1995 , Opladen 1996, pp. 35–186.
  • Main topic: future and memory , in: Frankreich-Jahrbuch 2000 , Opladen 2000, pp. 30–201.
  • Main topic: Intellectuals in French society , in: France Yearbook 1998 , Opladen 1998, pp. 35–167.
  • With François Beilecke as editor: Democracy, human rights, international understanding. The Ligue des Droits de l'Homme and Franco-German relations from the turn of the century to the Second World War , in: Lendemains. Études comparées sur la France. Comparative French research. 1998, issue 89, pp. 7-102.
  • French intellectuals before the “German uncertainties” of the interwar period , in: ibid. 1992, no. 66, pp. 16–75.
    • therein: On historical intellectual research in France. to p. 26.
  • Mittler , in: ibid. 1997, H. 86/87, pp. 8-92.
  • Franco-German cultural relations 1949–1955 , in: ibid. 1996, no. 84, pp. 58–125.
  • (Ed. With François Beilecke): Reason ethics as the social justification of the republic. The Union of Intellectuals Union pour la Vérité in the Third Republic , in: ibid. 1995, no. 78/79, pp. 79–171.
  • Social re-establishment of intercultural exchange. On the history and structure of the Franco-German Youth Office 1949–1963 , in: ibid. 2002, no. 107/108, pp. 139–224.
  • Paul H. Distelbarth or the interrupted revision of the German image of France after 1945 , in: ibid. 1993, no. 71/72, pp. 60–96.
  • Focus: Gaullism , in: ibid. 1978, Issue 10, pp. 73–115.

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