The GHDI Relaunch and the New Editorial Board

The GHI is currently laying the groundwork for an ambitious relaunch of the German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) website. The relaunch will involve migrating the existing content to a new technical platform that, among other advantages, will accommodate audio and video sources, as well as document facsimiles. The relaunch will also involve the revision and expansion of the project’s ten individual volumes. 

Over the past year, in preparation for the relaunch, the Institute put GHDI through a rigorous academic review, in which twenty outside scholars participated. We also solicited feedback from more than 650 GHDI users via an online survey. Survey respondents, most of whom identified themselves as university professors or students, came from more than thirty countries. Many thanks to those members of the historical profession who have supported our work to date! 

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the new GHDI editorial board. The board consists of both new and returning GHDI editors (see list below). We are very pleased to welcome the new members of the board – Greta Kroeker, Jason Coy, Jared Poley, Brian Vick, David Ciarlo, Erik Jensen, Jonathan Wiesen, and Pamela Swett. We look forward to working with this talented group of historians. At the same time, we would also like to acknowledge the contribution of those members of the original editorial board who have decided to step down: Thomas Brady, Jr., William Hagen, Jonathan Sperber, Roger Chickering, Eric Weitz, and Richard Breitman. In 2003, they took a chance on participating in a new type of project and helped make it a success. Lastly, we are grateful for the expertise and commitment of veteran editors James Retallack, Uta Poiger, Volker Berghahn, Konrad Jaraush, and Helga Welsh, who have decided to stay on for GHDI 2.0. We are delighted to have this part of the original team back for another go.   

GHDI Editorial Board (2017)

  1. From the Reformation to the Thirty Years’ War, 1500-1648
    Greta Kroeker (University of Waterloo)

  2. From Absolutism to Napoleon, 1648-1815
    Jason Coy (College of Charleston) Jared Poley (Georgia State University)

  3. From Vormärz to Prussian Dominance, 1815-1866 
    Brian Vick (Emory University)

  4. Forging an Empire: Bismarckian Germany, 1866-1890 
    James Retallack (University of Toronto)

  5. Wilhelmine Germany and the First World War, 1890-1918 
    David Ciarlo (University of Colorado at Boulder)

  6. Weimar Germany 1918/19-1933

    Erik Jensen (Miami University of Ohio)

  7. Nazi Germany, 1933-1945

    Jonathan Wiesen (Southern Illinois University)
    Pamela Swett (McMaster University)

  8. Occupation and the Emergence of Two States, 1945-1961
    Volker Berghahn (Columbia University)

    Uta Poiger (Northeastern University)

  9. Two Germanies, 1961-1989

    Konrad Jarausch (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
    Helga Welsh (Wake Forest University)

  10. One Germany in Europe, 1989-2015
    Konrad Jarausch (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
    Helga Welsh (Wake Forest University)