The editors in the field of Western European history focus on reviews of publications on single states (France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Italy, Spain and Portugal as well as Great Britain) and on sub-national and supra-national regionalisation in the area. Additionally, Guido Thiemeyer oversees the field of European integration in all its dimensions from economic to political and cultural aspects. Time wise, the period since the 18th century is in focus, but of course publications covering larger historical periods are not neglected. At the same time the editorial team does not regard Europe as a container but puts emphasis on its connectedness, especially against the background of a historiography that insisted for so long on national boundaries and a perspective that isolated Western Europe from the Eastern part of the continent as well as from non-European parts of the world. Therefore the editors cooperate very closely with the e-journal geschichte.transnational and the team within the Leipzig-based editorial board of H-Soz+Kult that deals with East Central and South-Eastern European history.

Guido Thiemeyer

is a professor for contemporary history at the University of Cergy-Pontoise (Paris) and the University of Siegen and works on European Integration History, international history and Franco-German relations.

Focal Points:
- European Integration History
-  International History
- International Monetary Relations


Kerstin Lange

is a research associate at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut of the Free University Berlin. She works in the field of cultural history of the 19th and 20th century, especially on urban history and culture. 

Focal Points:
- German-French History
- Urban history
- History of popular and mass culture

Contact: kl.lange(at)


Matthias Middell

is a professor of global history and the director of the Global and European Studies Institute at the University of Leipzig and works on the history of social and political transformations since the late 18th century and the history and methodology of historiography.

Focal Points:
- French history since the 18th century
- French colonial history
- France and Western Europe in global connections

Contact: middell(at)

Claudia Prinz

is a research assistant at Humboldt-University of Berlin's History Department. Her research interests include the history of International Organizations in the 20th century, and the history of health and medicine.


Western European History