Jürgen Osterhammel

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jürgen Osterhammel (born June 1, 1952 in Wipperfürth ) is a German historian ; Until his retirement he was Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Konstanz . He is considered one of the leading representatives of global history .


Jürgen Osterhammel attended the high school in Hanau and after graduating from high school in 1970, studied history, political science and German studies as well as philosophy in Marburg . Since 1974 he has received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation . From October 1976 to June 1978 he completed postgraduate studies at the Department of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science. In 1976 he passed the first and in 1981 the second state examination. In 1980 he worked with Richard Lorenz at the Kassel University with his work on British Imperialism in the Far East. Structures of penetration and local resistance to the Chinese market 1932-1937 doctorate .

1982 to 1986 Osterhammel worked as a research assistant at the German Historical Institute in London under the direction of Wolfgang J. Mommsen . 1986 to 1990 he worked as an academic advisor at the Department of Scientific Politics, Chair Wilhelm Hennis , at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau. In 1990 , Osterhammel completed his habilitation in Freiburg with the font China and World Society. From the 18th century to our time (first reviewer Ernst Schulin ). From 1990 to 1997 he was a professor for non-European history at the FernUniversität in Hagen , and in 1996/97 he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin . Osterhammel then taught until 1999 at the chair for the history of international relations at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva . From 1999 to March 2018 he held the chair for modern and contemporary history at the University of Konstanz .

In his 2009 book The Metamorphosis of the World. A history of the 19th century Osterhammel presented a global history of the 19th century . The book was received very positively by experts and the general public.

Focus of work

  • European and Asian history since the 18th century
  • History of intercultural relationships and perceptions
  • History of ideas
  • History and theory of historiography
  • World history ( global history ) in theory and practice

Memberships, fellowships and honors

Fonts (selection)

As an author:

  • British Imperialism in the Far East. Structures of Penetration and Domestic Resistance on the Chinese Market 1932–1937 (= China Themes. Volume 10). Brockmeyer, Bochum 1983, ISBN 3-88339-304-5 (At the same time: Kassel, Gesamt-Hochschule, dissertation, 1980: British interests in the Chinese market, (1932-1937). ).
  • China and the world society. From the 18th century to our time. Beck, Munich 1989, ISBN 3-406-34099-7 .
  • Colonialism. History - Forms - Consequences (= Beck'sche series 2002 knowledge ). Beck, Munich 1995, ISBN 3-406-63980-1 .
  • Shanghai, May 30, 1925. The Chinese Revolution. Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag, Munich 1997, ISBN 3-423-30604-1 .
  • The disenchantment of Asia. Europe and the Asian Empires in the 18th Century. Beck, Munich 1998, ISBN 3-406-44203-X .
  • History beyond the nation state. Studies on the history of relationships and the comparison of civilizations (= critical studies on the science of history . Volume 147). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001, ISBN 3-525-35162-3 .
  • with Niels P. Petersson : History of Globalization. Dimensions - Processes - Epochs (= Beck series 2320). Beck, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-406-48020-9 .; 6th, updated edition 2019, ISBN 978-3-406-73647-6 .
  • Liberalism as a cultural revolution. The contradicting global impact of a European idea (= Foundation Federal President-Theodor-Heuss-Haus. Small series. Volume 13; = Theodor-Heuss-Gedächtnis-Lecture. 2003). Federal President Theodor Heuss House Foundation, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-9807404-7-1 .
  • The transformation of the world. A story of the 19th century. Beck, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-406-58283-7 .
  • Decolonization. The end of empires . Beck, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-406-65464-0 .
  • The altitude of the eagle. Historical essays on the global present . Beck, Munich 2017, ISBN 978-3-406-70484-0 .

As editor:

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Jürgen Osterhammel: Jürgen Osterhammel. In: Barbara Bingel (Hrsg.): We were students of the High State School. What they are, what they remember. Dausien, Hanau 1989, ISBN 3-7684-0915-5 , pp. 93-95.
  2. Professor Jürgen Osterhammel on the homepage of the University of Konstanz , accessed on June 28, 2018.
  3. CV at the DFG.
  4. Cf. the numerous reviews in specialist journals and newspapers, for example Jürgen Kocka : The first globalization - a great success: Jürgen Osterhammels Weltgeschichte des 19. Century. In: Die Zeit , No. 9/2009; Andreas Fahrmeir : Jürgen Osterhammel: The transformation of the world - The panorama picture of a century. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , April 2, 2009, p. 34.
  5. ↑ Directory of members: Jürgen Osterhammel. Academia Europaea, accessed on July 11, 2017 .
  6. Member entry by Jürgen Osterhammel (with picture) at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on July 15, 2016.
  7. Soci: Jürgen Osterhammel. Accademia delle Scienze di Torino, accessed January 6, 2020 (Italian).
  8. Jürgen Osterhammel Named 2017 Toynbee Prize Winner. Toynbee Prize Foundation website, August 1, 2016, accessed August 2, 2016 .
  9. Jürgen Osterhammel. Retrieved July 9, 2018 . Website on the website of the University of Konstanz.
  10. Julia Wandt: Large Cross of Merit with a Star for Jürgen Osterhammel . In: idw - Science Information Service , October 2, 2019.