Hartmut Kaelble

Former Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of IAS-Nantes



Born in 1940 in Göppingen (Germany) he studied at the University of Tübingen and at the Free University of Berlin in history, sociology and public law.
He did his thesis, led by Gerhard A. Ritter, on the topic of central interest groups of German industrialists, " Centralverband Deutscher Industrieller " 1890-1914.
He presented his thesis in Modern History with special consideration to the economic history titled "Entrepreneurs in Berlin at the beginning of industrialization," at the Free University of Berlin.
From 1971-1991 he was professor of economic and social history, Free University of Berlin, he became Professor of Social History at the Humboldt University of Berlin from 1991 to 2009. Since 2004 he is Chairman of the SFB 640 at Humboldt University of Berlin: "Changing representations of the social order. Intercultural and Inter-temporal Comparisons."

His research interests are: social mobility, social inequality, European identity, the social history of European integration and comparative social history of Europe

He was a researcher and teacher invited several times at the EHESS ,in the CIERA, the MSH, Paris, the Sorbonne (Paris I) (2001), Harvard University (1972-1973), the St.Antony’s College Oxford (1976), at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1982).

Major publications

1. Industrielle Interessenpolitik in der Wilhelminischen Gesellschaft.
Centralverband Deutscher Industrieller 1895-1914, Berlin: de Gruyter, 1967 2.

2. Berliner Unternehmer während der frühen Industrialisierung. Herkunft, sozialer Status und politischer Einfluß, Berlin: de Gruyter, 1972.
3. Historical Research on Social Mobility, London: Croom Helm, 1981

4. Social Mobility in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Europe and America in Comparative Perspective, Leamington Spa, Berg Publishers 1985 (aussi en version allemande et espagnole)

5. Industrialisation and Social Inequality in 19th-Century Europe, Leamington Spa: Berg Publishers 1986 (aussi en version allemande et espagnole)

6. Vers une société européenne. e, 1880-1980 Dublin: Gill & MacMillan/ Savage (USA):Barnes & Nobles 1990 (aussi en version allemande, italienne, japonaise)

7. Nachbarn am Rhein. Entfremdung und Annäherung der französischen und deutschen Gesellschaft seit 1880, München: Beck 1991

8. Der historische Vergleich. Eine Einführung zum 19. und 20. Jahrhundert,
Frankfurt: Campus 1999

9. Europäer über Europa. Das europäische Selbstverständnis im 19.und 20.Jahrhundert, Francfort 2001

10. Les chemins de la démocratie européenne, Belin Paris 2005 (aussi en versions allemandes et espagnoles)

11.The 1970s in Europe. A period of disillusionment or promise? London German Historical Institute 2010.

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