Volker Berghahn

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Volker Berghahn
Volker Rolf Berghahn

(1938-02-15) 15 February 1938 (age 82)
Alma materUniversity of London
University of North Carolina
Scientific career
FieldsModern history
InstitutionsColumbia University
Doctoral advisorFrancis L. Carsten [de]

Volker Rolf Berghahn (born 15 February 1938) 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. He received his M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1961 and his Ph.D., under supervision of Francis L. Carsten [de], from the University of London in 1964. Prior to teaching in the United States, Berghahn worked in the United Kingdom and Germany. In 1988, he accepted a position at Brown University, and moved to Columbia ten years later.

Berghahn now holds the chair of Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


  • Der Stahlhelm. Bund der Frontsoldaten 1918–1935. 1966.
  • Der Tirpitz-Plan (1971)
  • Germany And The Approach Of War In 1914 (1973)
  • 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)
  • Der Untergang des alten Europas, 1900-1929 (1999)
  • America and the Intellectual Cold Wars in Europe (2001)
  • Der Erste Weltkrieg (2003)
  • Europe in the Era of Two World Wars: From Militarism and Genocide to Civil Society, 1900-1950 (English translation 2005)
  • Gibt es einen deutschen Kapitalismus?: Tradition und globale Perspektiven der sozialen Marktwirtschaft (2006)
  • "A plea for a rapprochement between history and economic history : Helmut Schmidt Prize Lecture at the German Historical Institute, February 14, 2007". Bulletin of the German Historical Institute. 40: 83–90. Spring 2007.

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