Institute for Economic and Social History

Institute for Economic and Social History


Our research focuses primarily on business history, the history of consumption and the history of globalization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

We offer students different degree programs: a B.A. in Economic and Social History, an M.A. "History of Global Markets", and (jointly with the universities of Glasgow, Barcelona and Rotterdam) the Erasmus Mundus Programme "Global Markets, Local Creativities" (GLOCAL).


News from the Institute


Announcements and news concerning students will be published in the pertinent section of the German version of this website.


  • International GLOCAL program begins in Glasgow
    The induction for the first cohort of the Erasmus Mundus Master Program GLOCAL (Global Markets, Local Creativities“) was held at the University of Glasgow on Sept. 14, 2017. The new program is supported by the European Union and delivered by the Göttingen Institute for Economic and Social History in cooperation with the Universities of Glasgow, Barcelona and Rotterdam. The first group of 32 GLOCAL students hails from 25 different countries world-wide, including students from Peru, Colombia, Zambia, Cambodia, Taiwan, Serbia, Bulgaria, Italy, Ireland, and the United States of America. They will follow an interdisciplinary study program combining business, economics, the social sciences and history which bring them to Göttingen next fall after stops in Glasgow and Barcelona.

  • Sugar, Cheese and business history
    The political economy of the Hawaiian sugar industry from 1880 to 1920 and the rise of Germany’s cheese industry to the world’s second largest producers and the leading exporter since the 1920s were the subjects of two lectures, presented by Uwe Spiekermann at the Rural History Conference 2017 in Leuven, Belgium, 11-14 September 2017.

  • Amerika's nationalism: The long shadow of racism
    In an article for German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Hartmut Berghoff analyses the history of the U.S. immigration policy.

  • Anthology "Green Capitalism?"
    This new book, co-edited by Hartmut Berghoff, offers a critical, historically informed perspective on building a more sustainable economy. Written by business historians and environmental historians, the essays in this volume take a critical look at the nature of capitalism through a wide range of focused case studies. Ranging in geographic scope from Europe to the United States, "Green Capitalism?" raises questions about capitalism in different historical, sociocultural, and political contexts.

  • Launch of GLOCAL Erasmus Mundus Programme: Apply by the end of January 2017 to be considered for a scholarship
    The Universities of Barcelona, Glasgow, Göttingen and Rotterdam are pleased to announce that applications to join the first cohort of students of the Global Markets, Local Creatives (GLOCAL) Erasmus Mundus Masters' degree programme will now be received. There are over 20 fully-funded scholarships available to students joining the programme in the 2017/18 academic year, and applications from highly-talented eligible students from across the social sciences and the liberal arts are invited. The deadline for applications to be considered for scholarships is 31st January 2017. For more information, please visit the GLOCAL website.