Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann

Associate Professor
Office Hours: 
by appt.
3215 Dwinelle
(510) 642 3181
Education: 

Ph.D., Universität Bielefeld, 1999
MA, The Johns Hopkins University, 1993

Research Interests: 

Late Modern Europe: Germany; Transnational History

I am currently working on two books: a short history of human rights and a monograph on Berlin in the 1940s, as it went from capital of the Nazi Empire to shattered metropolis of the Cold War. Recently, I have been involved in organizing conferences and collaborative publications on postcastrophic cities, Europe in the 1940s, human rightssocial rights, socialist internationalismBegriffsgeschichte and German photography

Representative Publications: 

Books

Co-editor, Seeking Peace in the Wake of War: The Reconfiguration of Europe 1943-1947 (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).

Editor, Human Rights in the Twentieth Century (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Co-editor, Demokratie im Schatten der Gewalt: Geschichten des Privaten im deutschen Nachkrieg (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2010).

Editor, Moralpolitik. Geschichte der Menschenrechte im 20. Jahrhundert (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2010).

Politics of Sociability: Freemasonry and German Civil Society, 1840-1918. Transl. by Tom Lampert. Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007).

Civil Society, 1750-1914, Studies in European History(Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); Japanese Transl. (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2009); Russian Transl. (Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, forthcoming).

Geselligkeit und Demokratie: Vereine und zivile Gesellschaft im transnationalen Vergleich, 1750-1914, Synthesen. Probleme europäischer Geschichte (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2003).

Co-editor, Der bürgerliche Wertehimmel: Innenansichten des 19. Jahrhunderts (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2000).

Die Politik der Geselligkeit: Freimaurerlogen in der deutschen Bürgergesellschaft, 1840-1918.Kritische Studien zur Geschichtswissenschaft (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2000). Winner of the 2002 Hedwig Hintze Prize of the Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands, awarded every two years for the best first book in all historical fields.

 

Selected Articles & Book Chapters

"Germans, Allies, and the Postwar Moment," In Seeking Peace in the Wake of War: The Reconfiguration of Europe 1943-1947,  ed. Olivier Wieviorka et. al. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).

"Germany is No More: Defeat, Occupation, and the Postwar Order," In Oxford Handbook of Modern German History, ed. Helmut Walser Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 597-618.

"Gazing at Ruins: German Defeat as Visual Experience," Journal of Modern European History 9 (2011), 328-350.

"Introduction: Genealogies of Human Rights," In Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, ed. Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 1-26.

"Besiegte, Besatzer, Beobachter: Das Kriegsende im Tagebuch," In Demokratie im Schatten der Gewalt: Geschichten des Privaten im deutschen Nachkrieg, ed. Daniel Fulda et al. (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2010), 25-55.

"Koselleck, Arendt, and the Anthropology of Historical Experiences," History and Theory 49 (May 2010), 212-236.

"Democracy and Associations in the Long Nineteenth-Century: Toward a Transnational Perspective," Journal of Modern History 75 (2003), 269-299.

"Tocquevilles Demokratie in Amerika und die gesellige Gesellschaft seiner Zeit," In Gemeinwohl und Gemeinsinn: Historische Semantiken politischer Leitbegriffe, ed. Herfried Münkler et al. (Berlin: Akademie, 2001), 303-325.

"Civility, Male Friendship and Masonic Sociability in Nineteenth-Century Germany," Gender & History 13 (2001), 224-248.

"Nationalism and the Quest for Moral Universalism: German Freemasonry, 1860-1914," In The Mechanics of Internationalism: Culture, Society, and Politics from the 1840s to World War I, ed. Martin H. Geyer and Johannes Paulmann (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001), 254-279.

"Brothers or Strangers? Jews and Freemasons in Nineteenth-Century Germany," German History 18 (2000), 143-161.

"Mythos und Geschichte: Leipziger Gedenkfeiern der Völkerschlacht im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert," InNation und Emotion: Deutschland und Frankreich im Vergleich, 19.-20. Jahrhundert, ed. Etienne François et. al. (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1995), pp. 111-132.

"Sakraler Monumentalismus um 1900: Das Leipziger Völkerschlachtdenkmal," In Der Politische Totenkult: Kriegerdenkmäler in der Moderne, ed. Reinhart Koselleck and Michael Jeismann (Munich: Fink, 1994), 105-131.

I am regularly contributing reviews to newspapers and journals, most recently to Annales. Histoire, Sciences SocialesMerkur. Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken and Die Zeit.

Courses

Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2014 285U.001 Worlds After Wars
Spring 2013 283 Historical Method and Theory
Fall 2013 C187 The History and Practice of Human Rights
Fall 2013 275B Europe’s Twentieth Century
Spring 2012 280U.003 Writing the History of Human Rights