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Roger Chickering
Professor Emeritus of History
chickerr AT georgetown DOT edu







      In 1993 I joined the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, where  I held a joint appointment in the Department of History and the BMW Center for German and European Studies.  My fields of specialization were modern German and European history.  My principal research interests have lain in the German Empire and, for the past several years, the First World War.  My interest in this topic grew out of work I that I did on the historian Karl Lamprecht, who aspired to write "total history," and collaborative work that I have undertaken with Stig Förster of the University of Berne on the history of "total war."  The effort to bring these two concepts together underlay the book that I recently published on the First World War in the southwestern German city of Freiburg i. Br.  The book was published in English by the Cambridge University Press and in German by the Schöningh Verlag in 2009.

    With Thomas A. Brady, Jr., of the University of California at Berkeley, I have since 1990 co-edited the monograph series, "Studies in Central European Histories," which is published by Brill Academic Publishers in Leiden. In 2011 David Luebke of the University of Oregon succeeded Tom Brady as co-editor of the series. To date, it comprises fifty-seven volumes.  I was president of the Conference Group for Central European History in 2005. I am currently a member of the board of editors of the journal Central European History, as well as Executive Vice-Chairman of the Corporation of the Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington..

      I retired from Georgetown in May 2010. I now reside on the Oregon coast.







Ph.D. Stanford University, l968

M.A. Stanford University, 1965

B.A. Cornell University, 1964


Professional Experience

Professor of History, BMW Center for German and European Studies (Joint Appointment in the Department of History), Georgetown University, 1993-2010

Research Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2008-2009

Research Fellow, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC

Research Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, 1996-97

Professor of History, University of Oregon, 1981-94

Visiting Research Fellow, Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt, Freiburg i. Br., 1991-92

Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, Spring Semester 1991

Visiting Research Fellow, Institut für neuere Geschichte, Ludwigs- Maximilians-Universität, Munich, 1984-85  

Visiting Research Fellow, Friedrich-Meinecke Institut, Free University of Berlin, 1976-77

Associate Professor of History, University of Oregon, 1974-81

Assistant Professor of History, University of Oregon, 1968-74

Instructor of History, Stanford University, 1967-68


Honors and Fellowships

Georgetown University, Career Research Achievement Award for 2010

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2008-2009

National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC, John Birkelund Senior Research Fellowship, 2004-2005

National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Fellowship, 2004-2005

Georgetown University Graduate School, Senior Faculty Fellowship, 2000

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Research Fellowship, 1996-97

Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, American Philosophical Society, 1994

Gerda Henkel Foundation, Research Fellowship, 1991-92, 2008-2009

Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Research Fellowship, 1984-85, 1987

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Research Fellowship, 1980-81

Fulbright Commission, Research Fellowship, 1976-77

North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Research Fellowship, 1971, 1972

National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for Younger Humanists, 1970-71

Phi Beta Kappa




Recent Books

The Great War and Urban Life in Germany: Freiburg, 1914-1918.  Cambridge UP, 2007.

Krieg, Frieden und Geschichte: Gesammelte Aufsätze über Patriotischen Aktionismus, Geschichtskultur und Totalen Krieg. Stuttgart: Steiner, 2007.

Freiburg im Ersten Weltkrieg: Totaler Krieg und städtischer Alltag 1914-1918. Schoeningh Verlag, 2009.

War in an Age of Revolution: The Wars of American Independence and the French Revolution, 1775-1815, with Stig Förster. Cambridge UP, 2010

Cambridge History of War, vol. 4, co-edited with Hans Showalter and Hans van de Ven, Cambridge UP, 2012.

1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Board of Editors (Section "Power"). 2014. Forthcoming






Recent Articles and Chapters

“A Tale of Two Tales: Grand Narratives of War in an Age of Revolution,” in Chickering and Förster eds., War in an Age of Revolution: The Wars of American Independence and the French Revolution, 1775-1815. Cambridge UP, 2010, 1-17.

"Die '45er' und ihr Bild des deutschen Kaiserreichs," in Christoph Cornelißen, ed., Geschichtswissenschaft im Geist der Demokratie: Wolfgang Mommsen und seine Generation, Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2010, 175-85.

"The Enduring Charm of the Great War: Some Reflections on Methodological Issues," in Sven Oliver Müller and Cornelius Torp, eds., Imperial Germany Revisited: Continuing Debates and New Perspectives. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2011, 201-12.

"Zwischen Dynamik und Stillstand. Gedanken zur deutschen Innenpolitik," in Bernd Heidenreich and Sönke Neitzel, eds., Das Deutsche Kaiserreich 1890-1914. Paderborn: Schöningh, 2011, 61-74.

“War, Society, and Culture, 1850-1914: The Rise of Militarism,” in Chickering, Showalter, and Van de Wen, eds., The Cambridge History of War, vol. 4. Cambridge UP, 2012, 119-41.

"Strategy, Politics, and the Quest for a Negotiated Peace: The German Case, 1914-1918," in Holger Afflerbach, ed. "Der Sinn des Krieges": Politische Ziele und militärische Instrumente der kriegführenden Parteien von 1914-1918. Munich: Oldenbourg Verlag, 2014. Forthcoming




Curriculum Vitae


Courses Taught at Georgetown

Undergraduate Courses

  • German History

  • European International Relations, 1789-1991

  • Europe in the Era of the Second World War

  • War and Society in Early Modern Europe

  • The First World War in Europe

  • National Socialism

  • The Holocaust and Its Representations

Graduate Courses:

  • Issues and Literature in Modern European History:
        New Approaches to Society and Culture

  • Europe in the “Golden Age,” 1871-1914

  • Introduction to German and European History (CGES)

  • Graduate Field Seminar and Colloquium in Modern
        European History 


 (Consult the Schedule of Classes to find current semester offerings and the Undergraduate Bulletin or Graduate School Catalog for course descriptions.)

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