Global & Transregional History

The GHI’s engagement with global and transregional history is an outgrowth of its work in transatlantic history and its longstanding interest in comparative history, especially historical comparisons of the U.S. and Germany. Global and transregional history at the GHI are defined less by subject matter than by analytical perspective. GHI-supported research explores processes that transcend individual polities and entangle disparate states, regions, and continents. The GHI is particularly interested in historical comparison as a tool to illuminate trends and developments at the transregional and global levels.

Photo Credit: Electrification of the World, ca. 1892. Edward Carqueville, Library of Congress.



In Global Transit

In Global Transit currently consists of two separate pillars: a conference series and resulting research network and individual projects from GHI research staff.

Interaction and Knowledge in the Pacific Region: Entanglements and Disentanglements

A project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (March 2019 – February 2022)

Events & Conferences

Jul 13, 2022

Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th‐21st centuries

Second Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies | Organized by The University of Duisburg‐Essen (UDE), the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) and the National History Center of the American Historical Association (NHC), in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Center for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM), the Institute for the Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21)

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Sep 08, 2022

Roads to Exclusion: Socio-Spatial Dynamics of Mobility Infrastructures since 1800

International conference at the German Historical Institute Washington | Organized by Carolin Liebisch-Gümüş (GHI Washington), Andreas Greiner (GHI Washington), Mario Peters (GHI Washington), and Roland Wenzlhuemer (LMU Munich)

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Oct 10, 2022

Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

Sixth Annual Bucerius Young Scholars Forum at the Pacific Regional Office of the GHI in Berkeley | Conveners: Frithjof Benjamin Schenk (Department of History, University of Basel) and Sören Urbansky (Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Berkeley)

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Bulletin 69 (Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

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Simone Lässig, ed.

Digital History

Special Issue, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 47.1 (2021)

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Jan C. Jansen & Simone Lässig, eds.

Refugee Crises, 1945-2000: Political and Societal Responses in International Comparison

Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

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Andrea Westermann & Onur Erdur, eds.

Histories of Migrant Knowledge: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives

Bulletin Supplement 15 (2020)

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Bulletin 65 (Fall 2019)

Forum: The Weimar Republic Reconsidered

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Jan C. Jansen, Jessica Harland-Jacobs & Elizabeth Mancke, eds.

The Fraternal Atlantic, 1770–1930

Special Issue, Atlantic Studies: Global Currents 16.3 (2019)

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Latest News

New Publication

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Bulletin (69) double issue published and available for download

The latest issue of the Bulletin is now available for download.

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Intern at the German Historical Institute

Deadline: July 31, 2022 | The GHI Internship Program gives students of history, political science, public relations, and public administration at…

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Time for a Conclusion: GHI Washington director Simone Lässig reflects on the „Wissen entgrenzen“ initiative of the Max Weber Foundation

GHI Director Simone Lässig discusses the “Wissen entgrenzen” initiative in new podcast from the Max Weber Stiftung.

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Watch recording of our event "Doing Utopia and Communal Living in South Africa, Japan, and Jamaica, 1900-1950"

If you were unable to watch our event "Doing Utopia and Communal Living in South Africa, Japan, and Jamaica, 1900-1950" live, it is now available on…

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Watch recording of our event "Empire's Mistress: The Labor of Love in Imperial Circuits"

If you were unable to watch our event "Empire’s Mistress: The Labor of Love in Imperial Circuits" live, it is now available on our Vimeo channel.

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