Roger Chickering

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 war grew out of work I that I did on the historian Karl Lamprecht, who aspired to write "total history," and collaborative work that I undertook 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 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 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. In 2014 Celia Applegate of Vanderbilt University succeeded me. I was president of the Conference Group for Central European History in 2005, as well as a member of the board of editors of the journal Central European History. I also served as Executive Vice-Chairman of the Corporation of the Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington.

I retired from Georgetown in May 2010 and now reside on the Oregon coast. I have sought to remain an active scholar. In 2014, in connection with the centennial of the First World War, I published a number of articles, and I lectured in Germany and the US.



Ph.D. Stanford University, l968

M.A. Stanford University, 1965

B.A. Cornell University, 1964

Professional Experience

Professor Emeritus of History, Georgetown University, 2010-

Professor of History, University of Oregon, 2010- (Courtesy Appointment)

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, Research Fellowship 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 Publications

"Imperial Germany's Peculiar War, 1914-1918," Journal of Modern History 88 (2016): 856-94.

“Der Erste Weltkrieg als industrieller Volkskrieg,” Jörg Echternkamp and Hans-Hubertus Mack, eds., Geschichte ohne Grenzen? Europäische Dimension der Militärgeschichte vom 19. Jahrhundert bis heute. Munich: DeGruyter/Oldenbourg, 2017, 49-55.

"George Washington überquert den Rhein: Zum großen Gemälde Emanuel Leutzes,” Karl Holl and Hans Kloft, eds., Elbe, Rhein und Delaware: Flüsse und Flussübergänge als Orte der Erinnerung. Bremen: editions lumiére, 2017. 121-27.

“Militarismus und Bellizismus,” Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift, 76. Beilage (2017): 110-19.

“Kuhn and Lamprecht,”History of Knowledge, September 14, 2018.

“The History of War and Military Affairs: Discussion Forum. The Vanishing Nineteenth Century in European History?” Central European History51 (2018): 651-55.

Karl Lamprecht: Das Leben eines deutschen Historikers (1856-1915). Translated from the English by Sabine vom Bruch and Roger Chickering. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2021.

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

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