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Prof. Dominik Geppert | Photo: Tobias Hopfgarten

“We can contribute to a better understanding of our time” – Historian Dominik Geppert about turning points and the task of history

In autumn 1989, the world went haywire and all eyes were on Berlin. The wall fell and within only a few months two German states became a united... more
Prof. Filippo Carlà-Uhink. | Photo: Kaya Neutzer.

From Odysseus' Travel Agency to Aquaman – Why the Ancient World Inspires to this Day

At the movies, “Wonder Woman,” the Amazon, battles war god Ares. Theme parks create ancient fantasy worlds combining Roman sculptures and Greek... more
Ulrike Sträßner. Foto: Karla Fritze.

For the Benefit of the Dynasties – What letters tell about the rule of Brandenburg electresses in Early Modern Age

The 18th century – the heyday of letter writing – had not yet dawned. But even 100 or 200 years earlier, the elite circles of the electoral courts in... more
Alexander Kranz, Paul Fröhlich und Sebastian Szelat (v. l. n. r.) forschen am Diensttagebuch. Foto: Karla Fritze

The Forgotten Duty Journals – Historian Prof. Bernhard Kroener and his team are working on an annotated edition of National Socialist duty journals.

A few years ago Prof. Bernhard Kroener of the Institute of History at the University of Potsdam made a very interesting discovery. While doing... more

RAMPAGE – Professor Heiko Christians puts a current topic in perspective

They are acts of violence triggering exceptional horror and disbelief – shooting rampages often claim many lives. Most victims happen to be in the... more
Das australische Outback. Foto: Julia Gebhardt/Pixelio

Borders of the Unknown – Ludwig Leichhardt from Brandenburg on Expeditions through Australia

Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt was born in 1813 in Trebatsch, Brandenburg. At the age of 35, he disappeared during an expedition through the hot... more
Foto: Agnieszka Pufelska

The King, the Countess & the Bishop – A New Perspective on the Enlightenment and Relations between Poland and Prussia

Power games, machinations, political alliances and betrayal – the period of European Enlightenment was eventful with many ups and downs. In a research... more
Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas in Berlin. Foto: Karla Fritze

Literature As Nourishment – Research on a New Spatial Understanding of the Holocaust

Trauma and space – literary scholar and philosopher Judith Kasper brings these two terms together in a research project funded by the DFG about the... more
Quelle: Kerstin Littke

Caribbean Kaleidoscope

The Fascination of Moving Non-Centers
The Caribbean? Gorgeous. Who has not envisioned himself/herself lying in a hammock under palm trees at the ocean watching the sunset? Who has not... more
Foto: Karla Fritze

Scattered Heritage

German-Jewish Culture around the World
A chipped cup with a faded golden rim. An old teddy bear, a yellowed, shabby tablecloth. A poem, a letter, a historical Goethe edition – all these... more