Dr. Wolfgang Schivelbusch

Senior fellow at the ZfL with the project Redemption Through Return

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Since the 1970s, Wolfgang Schivelbusch has been one of the internationally most widely renowned German historians. His books, which were translated into several languages, concentrate on politics, culture, society as well as the history of mentalities and have been awarded with numerous prizes. Schivelbusch has received, among other awards, the German Non-Fiction Prize (in 1978 for Geschichte der Eisenbahnreise), the Heinrich Mann Prize of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin (2003), the Scholar’s Prize of the Aby Warburg Foundation (2005) as well as the Lessing Prize of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (2013). Since 2014, he is a senior fellow at the ZfL.

Research Interests

In his works, Schivelbusch combines approaches from various fields such as the history of mentalities, technology, and knowledge. His works Geschichte der Eisenbahnreise (1977), in which he traces the ‘industrialization of space and time in the 19th century,’ as well as Die Bibliothek von Löwen (1988), his materially substantial study on the complex cultural history of the destructions and reparations during the ‘time of the world wars,’ have had a particularly significant impact. For the intellectual history of the 1920s, Schivelbusch has coined the term Intellektuellendämmerung, engl. ‘The twilight of the intellectuals’ (1982), a term which has since been quoted frequently. Schivelbusch has examined both the Entfernte Verwandschaft, engl. ‘Distant Relationship’ (2005) between fascism, National Socialism, and the New Deal as well as the Intellectual Berlin from 1945 to 1948 (1995). His work on numerous books was paralleled by the formation of scientific schools of thought. Schivelbusch’s works had a particularly significant impact on the cultural studies research of the last decades.

Publications

  • Rückzug. Geschichten eines Tabus, München 2019
  • Das verzehrende Leben der Dinge. Versuch über die Konsumtion, München 2015
  • Three New Deals: Reflections on Roosevelt's America, Mussolini's Italy, and Hitler's Germany, 1933-1939, New York 2006
  • Entfernte Verwandtschaft. Faschismus, Nationalsozialismus, New Deal; 1933–1939, München 2005
  • The Culture of Defeat: On National Trauma, Mourning, and Recovery, New York 2003
  • Die Kultur der Niederlage: Der amerikanische Süden 1865. Frankreich 1871. Deutschland 1918, Berlin 2001
  • In a Cold Crater: Cultural and Intellectual Life in Berlin, 1945-1948, Berkeley 1998
  • Vor dem Vorhang. Das geistige Berlin 1945–1948, München 1995
  • Licht, Schein und Wahn. Auftritte der elektrischen Beleuchtung im 20. Jahrhundert, Berlin 1992
  • Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants, New York 1992
  • Die Bibliothek von Löwen. Eine Episode aus der Zeit der Weltkriege, München 1988
  • Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century, Berkeley 1988
  • Lichtblicke. Zur Geschichte der künstlichen Helligkeit im 19. Jahrhundert, München 1983
  • Intellektuellendämmerung. Zur Lage der Frankfurter Intelligenz in den zwanziger Jahren, Frankfurt a.M. 1982
  • Das Paradies, der Geschmack und die Vernunft. Eine Geschichte der Genussmittel, München 1980
  • The Railway Journey: Trains & Travel in the Nineteenth Century, New York 1979
  • Geschichte der Eisenbahnreise. Zur Industrialisierung von Raum und Zeit im 19. Jahrhundert, München 1977
  • Sozialistisches Drama nach Brecht. 3 Modelle, Peter Hacks, Heiner Müller, Hartmut Lange, Darmstadt 1974