Department of History and Civilization

“If the past has been an obstacle and a burden, knowledge of the past
is the safest and the surest emancipation” Lord Acton (1834-1902)

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive programme of transnational and comparative European history. Transcending nation-state paradigms, our programme studies the construction of Europe's boundaries and the diversity and complexity of experiences within them.

Our central concerns are the interlinking of European societies since the Renaissance and the complex cultural legacies that have shaped contemporary Europe. The HEC community is also committed to exploring the place of Europe in the world through the study of empires, global processes and institutions.

The rich variety of research approaches and themes, as well as the broad background of its professors, enable the Department to recruit high-quality Ph.D. candidates and to host outstanding research fellows, thereby forming a vibrant and international academic community.

Marc BlochMarc Bloch Prize in Early Modern and Modern European History

Call for the best MA thesis in Early Modern, Modern or Contemporary European History and in the History of Europe in the World.

Deadline for application: 1 November 2014

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School building as an idea and as a resource: The uses of modernity in 18th century Russia

School building as an idea and as a resource: The uses of modernity in 18th century Russia

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A Lecture by Igor Fedyukin (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) organized by Alexander Etkind on 3 November 2014
Borders Past and Present. Materiality, Practices and Concepts

Borders Past and Present. Materiality, Practices and Concepts

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A Workshop organized by Oliver Buxton-Dunn and Luca Scholz on 6-7 November 2014
Father and Son. An Essay about the Tortuous Relationships  between Economic and Business History

Father and Son. An Essay about the Tortuous Relationships between Economic and Business History

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HEC Department Colloquium Lecture organized by Laura Downs and Luca Molà on 29 October 2014

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