Individual research projects of Department IV

Muslime world - Internal Security in Germany - Restricted zone in the GDR, Potsdam - German Solidarity Movements in Nicaragua



Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 14 years exile on February 1, 1979. Photo: Sennemar, Imam Khomeini in Mehrabad, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Creating of Islamic Fundamentalists
The Muslim world in federal German politics and perception in the 1970s and 1980s

Alex Konrad

Associated PhD project
The PhD thesis concerns the perception of the Muslim world prevalent in West Germany from the 1970s to the 1990s. Beginning with an analysis of the oriental narratives about the Muslim world in the 1970s, the central part deals with the perception of...

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The berlin-brandenburg wall north of the Glienicker bridge. View of the Meierei, Source: Potsdam Museum.

Attention! Border area. The restricted zone in the GDR, Potsdam 1961-89

Frank Bösch, Hans-Hermann Hertle, Florentine Schmidtmann

Collaborative project between the ZZF and the association Memorial Sites at the Potsdam Border
Project coordination:
Prof. Dr. Frank Bösch, Dr. Hans-Hermann Hertle, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Jan Fiebelkorn-Drasen
Project management: Florentine Schmidtmann...

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In 1977 the CDU used a poster with a photo of the assassination of Attorney General Buback in order to accuse the ruling coalition of the SPD and FDP of trivializing terrorism. Photo: CDU, KAS-Terrorismus-Bild-11944-1, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE

Internal Security in Germany
The Long Road to a ‘Forthright Democracy’

Dominik Rigoll

Research project

Since the Carlsbad Decrees of 1819 created a ‘central authority’ for the ‘maintenance of internal security’, not a year passed in Germany in which ‘internal enemies’ were not hunted. Yet it was never self-evident what ‘internal security’ meant at a given...

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Courtesy of the IHNCA

Sandinista Nicaragua and the Solidarity Movements in the Federal Republic of Germany and German Democratic Republic
Transnational Transfers, Ideas and Practices

Stefanie Senger

Associated PhD project

Soon after the Sandinista Revolution of 1979, solidarity movements in the FRG and GDR began to enthusiastically develop ‘their’ Nicaragua. By implementing aid projects in this central American country, they pursued political aims they could not have...

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