Professor Dr Jürgen Osterhammel FBA

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

Elected 2014

Fellow type
Corresponding Fellow
Year elected

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

University of Konstanz Professor of Modern and Contemporary History

1999 - 2018

The Graduate Institute, Geneva Professor of International History

1997 - 1999

FernUniversität Hagen (German Open University) Professor of Non-European History

1990 - 1997

University of Freiburg Senior Lecturer in Political Science

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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