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.



  • Publication in Administory. Journal for the History of Public Administration
    Dr. Robert Bernsee „Gefühlskalte Bürokratie: Emotionen im Verwaltungshandeln des frühen 19. Jahrhunderts“ in Volume 3, Issue 1, S. 147-163. Link

  • Third Congress for Economy- and Social history
    PD Dr. Jan Logemann got admidet to be a member of the committee at the “Verein für Socialpolitik” after his talk about the historical roots of consumption of the behavioral Economics. We kindly congratulate him!
    Dr. Alexander Engel channeled the talk and discussion of a publication project addressed to “Crime of the Markets” and our new member of the institute Dr. Bruno Witzel de Souza hold a presentation about the European, Asian and Latin-American migration towards Brazil.

  • „Auf den Spuren der Konkurrenz"
    In his collective volume, Dr. Alexander Engel and his colleagues focus on the phenomenon of competition from an interdisciplinary perspective. Klick the link to learn more about it.

  • Congratulation Privatdozent Jan Logemann!
    With his trial lecture Jan Logemann completed his habilitation and achieved the venia legend in “newer and recent history”. The Team of the institute of Economic- and Social History kindly congratulates.

  • GLOCAL Summer School: “Mittelstand goes Global: Local Roots and Internationalization Pathways of SMEs”, August 25-31
    The first summer school of Global Markets, Local Creativities (GLOCAL) took place at the University of Göttingen from August 25-31, 2018. For further information regarding the summer school, including some phtographic impressions and a link to a great blog post by a student participant, see our GLOCAL page.

  • DFG funds project on the economic and social history of reproductive medicine
    The German Research Foundation has granted funds for a three year project "Between markets and morals: modern reproductive medicine in West Germany, 1970-1990". The project will be carried out by Denise Lehner.

  • JMEH issue "Public Debt and Financialization after 1945"
    Issue 4/2017 of the Journal of Modern European History is devoted to public debt and financialization after 1945. The issue was edited by Prof. Dr. Hartmut Berghoff and Prof. Dr. Laura Rischbieter (Konstanz).

  • GLOCAL: First cohort induced
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.