Holger Afflerbach

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Holger Afflerbach (born September 13, 1960 in Düsseldorf ) is a German historian and author who teaches at the University of Leeds .


Afflerbach completed his studies in 1990 at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf with a doctoral thesis on the Prussian Minister of War and German Chief of Staff Erich von Falkenhayn (1861-1922). His doctoral supervisor was Wolfgang J. Mommsen . He then began a research project on the Triple Alliance between Italy, Austria-Hungary and the German Empire in the years 1881–1915. This work was supported by a grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation between 1996 and 1998 . The work was also his habilitation thesis submitted in Düsseldorf . He taught at the university there from 1999 to 2002.

During this time, Afflerbach received a research grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation , which enabled him to put together a more than 1,100 page collection of sources on Wilhelm II as the supreme warlord in World War I , which was published in 2005 by the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of the Sciences was published. For this research he received a further grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, within the framework of which he conducted research with Professor John Röhl at the University of Sussex in England .

In 2002 Afflerbach moved to Emory University in Atlanta , Georgia, as a DAAD professor for modern German history . In 2006 he took over a professorship at the University of Leeds, where he still teaches and researches.

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