Completed research projects

Poverty policy -Cconsumer behavior - Human Rights -  German Labour Front - Local Nazi Functionaries in Berlin - Football in East Germany -  - Potsdam in the 1980s and Early 1990s - Tuberculosis Patients under National Socialism -  Soviet Military Tribunals, 1945-47 – Artificial Beauty - The West German Welfare State - Computerisation and Welfare State - Shipyards in the 1970s

Forschung

Projekte

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In the Breach between Two Eras
Politics and Society in Potsdam in the 1980s and Early 1990s

Jutta Braun, Peter Ulrich Weiß

Completed research project

Potsdam was regarded as one of the ‘red’ district capitals in East Germany. Its function as a regional centre of SED power, border city to West Berlin and important scientific and educational site allowed Potsdam to become a conurbation for...

The introduction of electronic data processing in the statutory pension insurance. Photo: Siemens Archive

Computerisation and Welfare State
The Introduction of Electronic Data Processing in the Statutory Pension Insurance Scheme

Thomas Kasper

Completed PhD project

Since the 1950s, the Federal German welfare state, especially the statutory pension, were at the forefront of computerisation in Germany and used computers to cope with the increasingly complex pension legislation.

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Boom during the Crisis
Consumerism, Tourism, Motoring in West Germany and the United Kingdom (1970–1990)

Sina Fabian
Completed associated PhD project

The 1970s are regarded as a decade of crisis. During this time, however, consumer opportunities for the general public increased significantly. By reference to the behaviour of consumers in West Germany and the United...

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The Economic Empire of the German Labour Front, 1933–1945

Completed research project

The German Labour Front (DAF), the organisation with the biggest membership in the ‘Third Reich’, possessed an enormous number of enterprises, which – with ultimately around 200,000 employees and a turnover of roughly two...

Murder and Nursing Neglect of Tuberculosis Patients in the Clinics of the Statutory Pension Insurance Scheme under National Socialism

Patrick Bernhard
Completed research project

The project, funded for two years from 1 May 2015 by the ‘Research Network Old-age Provision’ of the German Statutory Pension Insurance Scheme, investigates the treatment of tuberculosis patients in facilities of the...

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Human Rights as a political and ideological Argument during the Cold War, 1961-1975

Completed associated PhD project

The thesis of my doctoral dissertation runs that the success of human rights semantics in the 1970s cannot be explained without considering the political and ideological disputes of the Cold War in the 1960s. The confrontational discourses...

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The ‘Old Guard’ in Berlin
Social Profiles, Career Paths and Networks of Local Nazi Functionaries in Berlin, 1926–1949

Anja Stanciu
Completed PhD project

The comprehensive enforcement of the Nazi dictatorship in the Reich capital city would scarcely have been possible without the local party functionaries at the point of intersection between rule and society. From...

Bookcover: Soziale Ungleichheit im Sozialstaat. Großbritannien und die Bundesrepublik im Vergleich, München 2010 (hg. zus. mit Hans Günter Hockerts).

Rugged Affluence
Poverty, Economic Crisis and Welfare State in West Germany and the United Kingdom

Winfried Süß

Completed research project

With policies on poverty, this project looks at a fundamental function of the welfare state that became increasingly important from the crisis of the Keynesian full-employment welfare state in the 1970s onwards. This challenge confronted all...

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Death Sentences handed down by Soviet Military Tribunals, 1945–1947

Andreas Weigelt
Completed research project

Collaborative project between the Documentation Centre for the History of Resistance and Repression during the Nazi Era and the Soviet Occupation Zone/GDR of the Foundation of Saxon Memorial Sites (Dr Klaus-Dieter Müller),...

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Corrected Bodies
A History of Artificial Beauty in the Modern Era

Annelie Ramsbrock

Completed PhD project

Beauty is more than just a question of taste. Since the Enlightenment, it has been ascertained in accordance with scientific insights and models of social order. In which way, however, have these insights change over the course of the modern era?

Strike in the Lenin shipyard in Gdańsk, 1980. Photo: Zenon Mirota, Strajk sierpniowy w Stoczni Gdańskiej im. Lenina 34, CC BY-SA 3.0 PL

‘In the same boat’?
Labour Relations and Structural Change in German and Polish Shipyards in the 1970s

Sarah Graber Majchrzak

Completed associated PhD project

The structural change that has been taking place in the working environments and the daily lives of workers in European industrial societies since the 1970s has for some time been a research focus within the field of contemporary history....

From Reform to Crisis
The West German Welfare State during the Great Coalition and the Social-liberal Era

Winfried Süß

Completed research project

For a long time now, social policy has intervened not only in emergency situations and precarious fringe areas of society, but instead influences in varied ways the living conditions of the entire population.

In the return match of the semi-finals for the FDGB Cup the 1. FC Lok Leipzig defeated BFC Dynamo 3-1 and entered the final because of the away goals rule, May 6, 1986. Foto: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1986-0506-047 / Kluge, Wolfgang / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1986-0506-047, FDGB-Pokal, 1. FC Lok Leipzig - BFC Dynamo, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

The Organisational and Club History of Football in East Germany

Jutta Braun

Michael Barsuhn
Completed Collaborative project between the Centre for German Sporting History (ZdS) and the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, funded by the German Football Association (DFB)

For the first time, the German Football Association allows the...

Completed research projects

Poverty policy -Cconsumer behavior - Human Rights -  German Labour Front - Local Nazi Functionaries in Berlin - Football in East Germany -  - Potsdam in the 1980s and Early 1990s - Tuberculosis Patients under National Socialism -  Soviet Military Tribunals, 1945-47 – Artificial Beauty - The West German Welfare State - Computerisation and Welfare State - Shipyards in the 1970s

Forschung

Projekte

Book cover.

In the Breach between Two Eras
Politics and Society in Potsdam in the 1980s and Early 1990s

Jutta Braun, Peter Ulrich Weiß

Completed research project

Potsdam was regarded as one of the ‘red’ district capitals in East Germany. Its function as a regional centre of SED power, border city to West Berlin and important scientific and educational site allowed Potsdam to become a conurbation for...

The introduction of electronic data processing in the statutory pension insurance. Photo: Siemens Archive

Computerisation and Welfare State
The Introduction of Electronic Data Processing in the Statutory Pension Insurance Scheme

Thomas Kasper

Completed PhD project

Since the 1950s, the Federal German welfare state, especially the statutory pension, were at the forefront of computerisation in Germany and used computers to cope with the increasingly complex pension legislation.

Book cover.

Boom during the Crisis
Consumerism, Tourism, Motoring in West Germany and the United Kingdom (1970–1990)

Sina Fabian
Completed associated PhD project

The 1970s are regarded as a decade of crisis. During this time, however, consumer opportunities for the general public increased significantly. By reference to the behaviour of consumers in West Germany and the United...

Book cover.

The Economic Empire of the German Labour Front, 1933–1945

Completed research project

The German Labour Front (DAF), the organisation with the biggest membership in the ‘Third Reich’, possessed an enormous number of enterprises, which – with ultimately around 200,000 employees and a turnover of roughly two...

Murder and Nursing Neglect of Tuberculosis Patients in the Clinics of the Statutory Pension Insurance Scheme under National Socialism

Patrick Bernhard
Completed research project

The project, funded for two years from 1 May 2015 by the ‘Research Network Old-age Provision’ of the German Statutory Pension Insurance Scheme, investigates the treatment of tuberculosis patients in facilities of the...

Book cover.

Human Rights as a political and ideological Argument during the Cold War, 1961-1975

Completed associated PhD project

The thesis of my doctoral dissertation runs that the success of human rights semantics in the 1970s cannot be explained without considering the political and ideological disputes of the Cold War in the 1960s. The confrontational discourses...

Book cover.

The ‘Old Guard’ in Berlin
Social Profiles, Career Paths and Networks of Local Nazi Functionaries in Berlin, 1926–1949

Anja Stanciu
Completed PhD project

The comprehensive enforcement of the Nazi dictatorship in the Reich capital city would scarcely have been possible without the local party functionaries at the point of intersection between rule and society. From...

Bookcover: Soziale Ungleichheit im Sozialstaat. Großbritannien und die Bundesrepublik im Vergleich, München 2010 (hg. zus. mit Hans Günter Hockerts).

Rugged Affluence
Poverty, Economic Crisis and Welfare State in West Germany and the United Kingdom

Winfried Süß

Completed research project

With policies on poverty, this project looks at a fundamental function of the welfare state that became increasingly important from the crisis of the Keynesian full-employment welfare state in the 1970s onwards. This challenge confronted all...

Book cover.

Death Sentences handed down by Soviet Military Tribunals, 1945–1947

Andreas Weigelt
Completed research project

Collaborative project between the Documentation Centre for the History of Resistance and Repression during the Nazi Era and the Soviet Occupation Zone/GDR of the Foundation of Saxon Memorial Sites (Dr Klaus-Dieter Müller),...

Book cover.

Corrected Bodies
A History of Artificial Beauty in the Modern Era

Annelie Ramsbrock

Completed PhD project

Beauty is more than just a question of taste. Since the Enlightenment, it has been ascertained in accordance with scientific insights and models of social order. In which way, however, have these insights change over the course of the modern era?

Strike in the Lenin shipyard in Gdańsk, 1980. Photo: Zenon Mirota, Strajk sierpniowy w Stoczni Gdańskiej im. Lenina 34, CC BY-SA 3.0 PL

‘In the same boat’?
Labour Relations and Structural Change in German and Polish Shipyards in the 1970s

Sarah Graber Majchrzak

Completed associated PhD project

The structural change that has been taking place in the working environments and the daily lives of workers in European industrial societies since the 1970s has for some time been a research focus within the field of contemporary history....

From Reform to Crisis
The West German Welfare State during the Great Coalition and the Social-liberal Era

Winfried Süß

Completed research project

For a long time now, social policy has intervened not only in emergency situations and precarious fringe areas of society, but instead influences in varied ways the living conditions of the entire population.

In the return match of the semi-finals for the FDGB Cup the 1. FC Lok Leipzig defeated BFC Dynamo 3-1 and entered the final because of the away goals rule, May 6, 1986. Foto: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1986-0506-047 / Kluge, Wolfgang / CC-BY-SA 3.0, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1986-0506-047, FDGB-Pokal, 1. FC Lok Leipzig - BFC Dynamo, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

The Organisational and Club History of Football in East Germany

Jutta Braun

Michael Barsuhn
Completed Collaborative project between the Centre for German Sporting History (ZdS) and the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, funded by the German Football Association (DFB)

For the first time, the German Football Association allows the...