Past content

Winter 2017/18



  • Radio broadcast on the history of consumption
    Radio Bremen has interviewed PD Dr. Uwe Spiekermann on the beginnings of consumer society, and the role that department stores played in it. It is elaborated why this gradual transformation started in the 1850s; department stores were just one of many different new forms of retail businesses. You will find the interview, conducted in German, on the website of Radio Bremen.

  • Biographies as a key to revitalize Entrepreneurial Studies
    A the Workshop "Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Theory & Research" in Portland, PD Dr. Uwe Spiekermann expounded ideas to revitalize business history through entrepreneurial biographies. You will find more information at the website of the 'Immigration Entrepreneurship' project, which Uwe Spiekermann presented at the Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference, which took place in Portland as well.




Sommer 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.





Winter 2016/2017



  • Rhetorics of Economic Crises: Economic History Yearbook 2016/2
    Roman Rossfeld (Zurich) and Ingo Köhler (Göttingen) guest-edited the recent issue of the Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook. It focuses on the narratives and semantics of economic crises from the 18th century onwards. An interdisciplinary group of authors show how economic discourses influenced not only the expectations and behavior of politicians, businessmen and the public, but also the way the crises themselves unfolded. Two papers were contributed from members of our Institute: one on resilience by Benjamin Schulze and Ingo Köhler, and another on nineteenth century stock and commodity exchanges by Alexander Engel.

  • Public Relations: Communication Practices in Rhenish Capitalism
    Ingo Köhler has published an article on "Confrontational Coordination: The Rearrangement of Public Relations in the Automotive Industry during the 1970s" in the high-ranked journal Business History. He provides new insights into the communicative strategies, on which the German corporatism was based in the 1970s and 80s. Facing the new ecological sensibility of the emerging ?risk society?, the German carmakers had to readjust their marketing and public relations instruments. In a difficult process of confrontational negotiations, politicians, journalists and businessmen transformed the ?German? variety of capitalism, and gave a substantial impulse for its necessary modernization.

  • Anthology "Immigrant Entrepreneurship"
    A new anthology titled "Immigrant Entrepreneurship: The German-American Experience since 1700" focuses on the influence of German-American immigrants on transatlantic economic history and the rise of prominent businesses in the United States. Contributions to the volume, available as PDF free of charge, highlight individual case studies and provide insights into more general results of a research project carried out at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC between 2009 and 2016. Under the supervision of Hartmut Berghoff and Uwe Spiekermann, the project "Immigrant Entrepreneurship. German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present" collected more than 200 individual biographies and numerous documents which are available online.

  • New Master?s Programme "Global Markets, Local Creativities" (GLOCAL)
    The European Union will support a new Erasmus Mundus Master?s programme "Global Markets, Local Creativities" (GLOCAL), a joint effort of the Institute and partners at the universities of Glasgow, Barcelona and Rotterdam, with 3,000,000 EUR in stipends and mobility grants.
    GLOCAL equips students with the analytical tools and critical skills necessary to make sense of the history, theory, institutions and cultures of global and local capitalism. The new programme starts in the fall of 2017/18. For more information please visit our GLOCAL page.

  • Talks on glass and sugar
    Last week, PD Dr. Uwe Spiekermann gave a talk on "History of Home Preservation in the 20th Century" at the Glass Museum in Boffzen. Furthermore, he contributed a paper on "Sugar Business in the American West in the late 19th Century" to a conference on "Commodity Chains and Labour Relations" in Steyr. Click on the titles to see a short, illustrated report.

  • Corporations and Authoritarian Regimes in Latin America
    The Institue for Economic and Social History, in cooperation with Marcelo Bucheli (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Manfred Grieger (Historische Kommunikation, Volkswagen AG), will host a workshop on the activities of multinational corporations in authoritarian regimes in Latin America during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. For further information, please consult the call for papers and especially the program.

  • Centenary of the supermarket
    On September 7, 2016, a feature on the history of the supermarket was broadcast by radio station "MDR aktuell". Dr. Jan Logemann weighed in as an expert.

  • 1st World Congress on Business History / 20th Congress of the EBHA
    The Annual Meeting of the European Business History Association in Bergen/Norway, simultaneously the first World Congress on Business History, hosted about 300 particpants from all continents. Two papers were delivered by members of the Göttingen Institute: Hartmut Berghoff spoke on "'Organized Irresponsibility'? Why Siemens Experienced the World?s Largest Corruption Scandal, 2000-2007", Alexander Engel addressed "The financialization of oil and gas markets and its consequences". In addition, both chaired a session.

  • New edition of Hartmut Berghoff's Introduction to Business History
    "Moderne Unternehmensgeschichte", a well established German textbook for business history, is now available in a revised edition.

  • Historical exhibition on family business
    The exhibition 'Family Businesses as a Phenomenon: Insights ? Overviews' approaches the subject of family businesses from a novel perspective ? allowing business figures and their families to 'speak' for themselves: letters, memoirs, wills, and business protocols from the late 18th century to the 1960s afford insights into the motives behind the actions of businesspeople and their family members. In 25 very personal stories, taken from 13 different family businesses, the goals, desires, and obligations of the various stakeholders come to life and prove to be surprisingly contemporary. -
    The academic companion volume contains contributions by Hartmut Berghoff and Ingo Köhler. Ingo Köhler also acted as a scietific adviser in the preparation of the exhibition, which is open until January 29, 2017. More Information can be found at www.draiflessen.com





Sommer 2016



  • "In the morning, wild and international, please"
    The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung has published an article on breakfast styles in Germany, to which PD Dr. Uwe Spiekermann contributed. The article, written in German, is available online.

  • New anthology on the history of white-collar crime
    A volume jointly edited by Hartmut Berghoff, Cornelia Rauh, and Thomas Welskopp, presents eight contributions on the history of business crime from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century; two of them written by Hartmut Berghoff and Uwe Spiekermann, respectively. See our "Recent books at display" section for further information.

  • Göttinger researchers at the ABH-GUG congress
    On May 27 and 28, Robert Bernsee, Jan Logemann and Julian Faust (Marburg/Göttingen) presented papers at the joint congress of British and German business historians at Humboldt University, Berlin. In addition, Hartmut Berghoff and Uwe Spiekermann chaired sessions. Focused on "Creativity and Entreprenuership in the Global Economy" as its theme, the congress gathered more than 100 researches from all over Europe, the U.S., Canada and Japan.

  • New article on the history of financialization
    A new article by Prof. Hartmut Berghoff appeared in the latest issue of Business History Review. Titled Varieties of Financialization? Evidence from German Industry in the 1990s, the contribution looks at specific forms of the financialization of German businesses, and especially the case of Siemens.

  • Network on the history of knowledge in the economy
    On May 18 and 19, the network "Knowledge and Economy" ("Wissen und Wirtschaft") was started at the Center for the History of Knowledge in Zürich. It serves historians, economic historians and members of neighboring disciplines who are interested in the role of knowledge in the economy, as well as in the history of knowledge as a methodological approach to economic history. Among the founding members are Alexander Engel and Ingo Köhler of the Göttingen Institute for Economic and Social History. More information is available on the plattform of the network.

  • Radio broadcast on the history of consumption
    Radio Bremen has interviewed PD Dr. Uwe Spiekermann on the beginnings of consumer society, and the role that department stores played in it. It is elaborated why this gradual transformation started in the 1850s; department stores were just one of many different new forms of retail businesses. You will find the interview, conducted in German, on the website of Radio Bremen.

  • Biographies as a key to revitalize Entrepreneurial Studies
    A the Workshop "Historical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Theory & Research" in Portland, PD Dr. Uwe Spiekermann expounded ideas to revitalize business history through entrepreneurial biographies. You will find more information at the website of the 'Immigration Entrepreneurship' project, which Uwe Spiekermann presented at the Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference, which took place in Portland as well.

  • Hello, goodbye!
    We are happy to announce that three new colleagues will join us in the 2016 summer semester: Dr. Robert Bernsee, Denise Lehner, and Bastian Linneweh. At the same time, unfortunately, Stina Barrenscheen and Julian Faust will leave Göttingen for Marburg University. Many, many thanks, and all the best to the two of you!