Prof Andreas Rödder, Chair-holder in Modern History at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, is spending a year researching at the German Historical Institute London and teaching at the London School of Economics. His Inaugural Lecture, which has been given on 7 November 2012, is entitled “From Kaiser Wilhelm to Chancellor Angela Merkel. The German Question on the European Stage”. Here Andreas Rödder looks at present concerns over Germany’s hegemony in Europe which stretches back to the late 19th century and has been revived by German re-unification and its economic repercussions.

The German Historical Institute London, the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung have awarded the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship for the research sphere “Germany in Europe 1890–2000”.

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