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Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann , Dr. phil.

Associate Professor of Late Modern European History

University of California at Berkeley

Born in 1967 in Berlin
Studied History at Karl-Marx-Universität Leipzig (now: Universität Leipzig), Johns Hopkins University, and the Universität Bielefeld


Metropolis in Ruins: Berlin in the 1940s

Metropolis in Ruins explores the social and cultural history of Berlin in the 1940s, as it was being transformed from the capital of the Nazi empire to the shattered metropolis of the early Cold War. The bounded space of the city allows us to combine close-ups of concrete situations, actors, and social relations with long shots of mid-twentieth century disjunctures in the international arena. My project aims to change how we think about the compressed time of deep historical ruptures. With Reinhart Koselleck and other historical thinkers, I ask how a catastrophic event (genocide, urbicide) that participants themselves anticipated could still come as a shocking surprise to them. If historical change is rarely smooth and linear and proceeds instead in intense and unforeseeable bursts, as I contend, then we need to take a closer look at those relatively fleeting but intense periods that bring about deep and pervasive structural transformations - moments that can stretch over a few years, when everyone lives on the edge. By exploring Berlin as a shattered, multinational space in transit from war to peace, this project also investigates the resilience of urban life after catastrophe.

Recommended Reading

Hoffmann, Stefan-Ludwig. "Rückblick auf die Menschenrechte." Merkur. Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken 812, 71 (2017): 5-20.
-. "Germans into Allies: Writing a Diary in 1945." In Seeking Peace in the Wake of War: Europe, 1943-1947, edited by Olivier Wieviorka et al., 63-91. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015.
-. "Ins Freie Fallen: Das Kriegsende 1945 als Ursprung der Gegenwart." Die Zeit (April 29, 2015).

Publikationen aus der Fellowbibliothek

Hoffmann, Stefan-Ludwig ( 2015)
Germans into allies : writing a diary in 1945

Hoffmann, Stefan-Ludwig ( Amsterdam, 2015)
Seeking peace in the wake of war : Europe, 1943-1947 NIOD studies on war, Holocaust, and Genocide ; 2

Hoffmann, Stefan-Ludwig ( 2011)
Zur Anthropologie geschichtlicher Erfahrungen bei Reinhart Koselleck und Hannah Arendt

Hoffmann, Stefan-Ludwig ( Cambridge [u.a.], 2011)
Human rights in the twentieth century Human rights in history

Hoffmann, Stefan-Ludwig ( 2010)
Besiegte, Besatzer, Beobachter : das Kriegsende im Tagebuch

Hoffmann, Stefan-Ludwig ( 2010)
Koselleck, Arendt, and the anthropology of historical experience

Hoffmann, Stefan-Ludwig ( Göttingen, 2000)
Die Politik der Geselligkeit : Freimaurerlogen in der deutschen Bürgergesellschaft 1840-1918 Kritische Studien zur Geschichtswissenschaft ; 141


How, When, and Why Did Human Rights Became Global?


Dienstagskolloquium - Arbeitsbericht17.04.2018

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