Thomas Welskopp

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Thomas Welskopp (born September 5, 1961 in Bochum , † August 19, 2021 in Bielefeld ) was a German historian . He taught as a professor of general history with special emphasis on the history of modern societies at Bielefeld University .

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From October 1982 to July 1988 Welskopp studied history and sociology at Bielefeld University and from September 1985 to May 1986 history at Johns Hopkins University . He received his Master of Arts in May 1986 from Johns Hopkins University, in July 1988 his Magister Artium from Bielefeld University, and in February 1992 he received his doctorate at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute of the Free University of Berlin with a thesis on labor and industrial Relationships in the German and American Iron and Steel Industries from the 1860s to the 1930s.

From April 1992 to September 1998 he was a research assistant at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute. After completing his habilitation in April 1999 in the subject of modern history at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute, from April 2000 to March 2001 he was a C-2 senior assistant at the Department of History and Cultural Studies at the Free University of Berlin. From October 2001 to July 2002 he was in the chair for the Research Center for Social and Economic History at the University of Zurich . From October 2002 to July 2003 he held the chair at the Institute for Economic and Social History at the Georg-August University in Göttingen . Through his commitment to the House of History of the Ruhr Area , he was also connected to the Historical Institute of the Ruhr University in Bochum .

From October 2004 he taught as a professor for general history with special emphasis on the history of modern societies at Bielefeld University. In the 2008/2009 college year, Welskopp was a research fellow at the Historical College in Munich. From November 2009 to May 2017 he was director of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology , of which he was deputy director since June 2017. From October 2017 to July 2018 he was a fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the research group: In Search of the Global Labor Market - Actors, Structures, Politics .

His research interests were the history of workers and workers, social movements and political culture, industrial history, the history of capitalism , media history, theoretical questions of historical studies and the history of historiography.

Welskopp died after a serious illness in August 2021, shortly before his 60th birthday.

Fonts (selection)

  • Work and power in the iron and steel works. Labor and industrial relations in the German and American iron and steel industries from the 1860s to the 1930s. Dietz, Bonn 1994, ISBN 3-8012-4047-9 (also: Berlin, Free University, dissertation, 1992).
  • The banner of brotherhood. The German social democracy from Vormärz to the Socialist Law (= series of political and social history. Vol. 54). Dietz, Bonn 2000, ISBN 3-8012-4112-2 (also: Berlin, Free University, habilitation thesis, 1999).
  • America's great disillusionment. A cultural history of prohibition. Schöningh, Paderborn 2010, ISBN 978-3-506-77026-4 .
  • (Ed. Together with Alan Lessoff): Fractured Modernity. America Confronts Modern Times, 1890s to 1940s (= Writings of the Historical College. Colloquia. Vol. 83). Oldenbourg, Munich 2012 ( digitized version ).
  • Company history of practice. Historical perspectives on capitalism, work and class society. Mohr-Siebeck, Tübingen 2014, ISBN 978-3-16-152746-3 .


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  1. See the review by Dagmar Soleymani in: Francia 23/3, 1996, pp. 239–240 ( online ); Michael Allen in: Technology and Culture 37, 1996, pp. 187-188; Stefan Berger in: Journal of Social History 29, 1995, pp. 428-430.