Historical Research

Research interests

Myths, stereotypes and the shaping of (modern) identities, modern German history (1870 – 1945) especially focusing on the history of ideas and ideologies and their impact on political decision making.

Commemorative culture in Germany and abroad.

Narratives and Property Rights.

Memberships:

Royal Historical Society

Arbeitsstelle Historische Stereotypenforschung, Oldenburg
http://www.stereotyp-und-geschichte.de/

 


Doctoral Thesis (German, passed)

„Der Mythos Stedinger im Wandel der Zeit – Instrumentalisierung, Politisierung oder regionale Identifikationsfigur?“

The Stedinger peasants as political myth – exploitation, politicisation or regional role model?

The thesis focuses on the Stedinger peasants’ revolt during the early 13th century and how later generations retold this story as part of a process to form a (regional) identity – from a tale of freedom fighters to an anti-Catholic myth during the „Kulturkampf“, from being politically exploited during the Nazi era to be made into an example for historically proven class struggles in the GDR. But more importantly: The Stedinger until today play an essential role in regional culture and identity, having a close link to what up to this day forms self-image and identity of those living in the „Wesermarsch“ area between Bremen, Oldenburg and the North Sea coast.

 


Publications:

Property Rights Revisited – Are Narratives the Way Forward?
Article
International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, August 2017

 

Mittelalterliche Mythen als Identitätsstifter. Eine Komparation (Magisterarbeit)
Verlag: VDM
Erschienen August 2008

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