Chair of War Studies

Team of the Chair
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Team of the Chair

Located at the Chair, moreover, are two study programmes at Master level that are unique in Germany. Both are interdisciplinary, international and practice-orientated: The MA in War and Conflict Studies is a single degree at the University of Potsdam, in which predominantly German and European students research violent phenomena in the past and the present in small groups. The MA in International War Studies is a double degree programme with University College Dublin, which offers students the possibility of forming networks in the Anglo-Saxon world of war studies and which is aimed above all at an international audience.

Both study programmes combine the ambition to explore the subject of war and conflict in the past and the present from a multitude of different professional and national perspectives. Alongside concrete armed conflicts, the interactions between war and violence, security and stability, conflict and development are hereby illuminated. Our range of courses therefore offers a broad selection from history, political science, sociology and international law: from Clausewitz to cyber wars.

The work of the Chair profits enormously from a variety of partners located both in Potsdam itself and in nearby Berlin. Among the most important academic partners are the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr (ZMSBw), the Federal Archives and the Federal Military Archives. Good working relations exist with the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS), as well as the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Bundeswehr’s own consulting agency. Think tanks, political foundations and the Berlin-based media actively support us with teaching events and internships. An exceptional relationship continues to exist with the Federal Ministry of Defence, but also with the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, which approach the subject of war and conflict from very different perspectives.

The Chair’s online presence is designed to illustrate the entire thematic diversity of the work of the Chair described above. If you are interested in any aspect of our work, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Vor 79 Jahren kapitulierte die 6. Armee in Stalingrad.

Sönke Neitzel gab dazu dem Magazin „Geschichte“, ein Interview

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20. Januar 2022: Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema »Deutsche Krieger«

Moderation durch Kai Küstner
Korrespondent für Verteidigungs- und Sicherheitspolitik
im ARD-Hauptstadt-Studio Berlin

Zeit: Donnerstag, 20. Januar 2022 | 19:00 Uhr
Ort: ZMSBw, Hans-Meier-Welcker-Saal
Zeppelinstraße 127/128
14471 Potsdam

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Tribal Culture und Innere Führung - ein Widerspruch?

Dezember 2021

Neuer Beitrag von Prof. Sönke Neitzel

in: Ethik und Militär, 2/2021.

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Ethik und Militär, 2/2021 (Ganzes Heft)


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14.-15.10.2021 Nachwuchskolloquium zur Militärgeschichte

Wo steht die Innere Führung?

19.10.2021, 19:00-21:00 Uhr

in der Katholischen Akademie in Berlin
(Hannoversche Str. 5, 10115 Berlin)

Obwohl das Konzept der Inneren Führung mit seinem Leitbild des Staatsbürgers in Uniform zentrales Identitätsmerkmal der Bundeswehr ist, steht es seit der Gründung der Bundeswehr immer wieder in der Kritik.

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14.-15.10.2021 Nachwuchskolloquium zur Militärgeschichte

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Virtual HGRP Book Talk: Empire of Destruction: A History of Nazi Mass Killing


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