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Professor Dr Jürgen Osterhammel FBA

Global and international history since the 18th century; the Enlightenment; history and theory of historiography
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About this Fellow

Jürgen Osterhammel retired from the chair of modern and contemporary history at the University of Konstanz in Germany in early 2018. He is now a Distinguished Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies in Freiburg im Breisgau. He holds an honorary doctorate from the European University Institute, Florence, and is a member of the Order Pour le Mérite (German Order of Merit). His awards include the Leibniz-Preis (2010), the Toynbee Prize (2017) and the Balzan Prize (2018).



Current post

  • Distinguished Fellow, Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, Freiburg im Breisgau, from 2019

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, University of Konstanz , 1999 - 2018
  • Professor of International History, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, 1997 - 1999
  • Professor of Non-European History, FernUniversität Hagen (German Open University), 1990 - 1997
  • Senior Lecturer in Political Science, University of Freiburg, 1986 - 1990


The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century, 2014


(with Jan C. Jansen) Decolonization: A Short History, revised and expanded ed., transl. Jeremiah Riemer (Princeton,NJ / Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017)


Die Flughöhe der Adler: Historische Essays zur globalen Gegenwart (Munich: C.H. Beck, 2017)


Unfabling the East: The Enlightenment’s Encounter with Asia, revised ed., transl. Robert Savage (Princeton,NJ / Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2018).\


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