Institute of Modern History

Social Formations

Performing navigational and hydrographical expertise

In my PhD project, I explore how the sailing masters of the eighteenth-century Royal Navy staged and performed their navigational and hydrographical expertise in the attempt to retain their authority in this hotly contested arena. (Lena Moser)

Speculation and stock market crashs

The project examines the two speculative bubbles and stock market crashes of 1825/1826 (state bonds) and 1835-1844 (railay mania) in Germany with a focus on threat communication, knowledge and coping practices. (Anna Weininger, Christoph Blum, Daniel Menning, SFB 923)

Justice and Violence in Manila

Manila was an early modern triumph of Chinese-Spanish trade, and also the theater of catastrophic anti-Chinese violence, most notably in 1603, 1639, and 1662. This project asks: what was the role of Habsburg justice in Manila, how did its Chinese navigate this system to shape the city in their interests, and lastly, why did successful communication and commerce nonetheless fail to resolve the issues which led to massive violence? (Adrian Masters, SFB 923)

Horizons of Works

This project focuses on global labour migration from central European regions, tracing the social background and previous mobility of migrants, their relations to each other, knowledge transfer regarding work opportunities as well as the impact of their leave and return on the regions of origin. (Philip Hahn)

End of Empire

Our project examines the impact of the end of the British Empire on the former settler colonies of Australia and New Zealand, paying particular attention to practices of belonging and their perception of the South Pacific Islands in times of change. (Miriam Adler, Sabrina Jost, SFB 923)

Federal Integration and Poor Relief in Reutlingen

The PhD project analyses the development of Reutlingen's poor relief system within the context of the German Empire's integrative legislation; the everyday life and experiences of relief recipients within this context are of particular interest for the project. (Thore Menze)

Archaeological Practice as Imperialism

The dissertation project examines German excavation practice in the Ottoman Empire between 1870 and 1914 with a focus on social history. (Julia Tubbesing)