Federation and Confederation in Central Europe: Constitutions and Society in the 1860s and Beyond


Volker Berghahn is a historian of German and modern European history at Columbia University. His research interests have included the fin de siècle period in Europe, the origins of World War I, and German-American relations. Berghahn holds the chair of Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has become widely cited in his field, and his works include:

  • Germany in the Age of Total War (with Martin Kitchen), (London: Croom Helm; Totowa N.J.: Barnes and Noble, 1981)
  • Modern Germany (1982)
  • The Americanization of West German Industry, 1945–1973 (1986)
  • Imperial Germany: 1871–1914 economy, society, culture, and politics (1994)
  • Quest for Economic Empire, ed. (1996)
  • America and the Intellectual Cold Wars in Europe (2001)
  • Europe in the Era of Two World Wars: From Militarism and Genocide to Civil Society, 1900-1950 (2005)

Dr. Berghahn’s talk will be the opening lecture of a series of events held by the Department of History at the University of Toronto to reflect on the meanings and memorializations of Confederation. Our public conference on "The Other 60s:  A Decade that Shaped Canada and the World" will be held Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. It includes a Plenary Keynote Address by Jean Teillet emtitled “We Get a Piece and We Get a Say: Approaching Confederation from the Perspective of the Metis Nation of the North West” and will include a special preview of a dynamic exhibition, "Canada by Treaty: Negotiating Histories". Our closing event will be the 2017 Creighton Lecture, given by Elsbeth Heaman (McGill University) “The Civilization of the Canadas in the 1860s”, which will be followed by a reception.

Please join us for this dynamic set of talks, discussions and debates.

PDF iconBerghahn talk, 21 April 2017.pdf