Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Social and Economic History

Prof. Dr. Alexander Nützenadel

Prof. Dr. Alexander Nützenadel
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Alexander Nützenadel studied History, Economics and Computer sciences at the Universities of Göttingen, Venice and Berlin. After a research fellowship at the German Historical Institute in Rome from 1992 to 1994, he was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Cologne in 1995. He was a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Cologne from 1995 to 2003. Between 2004 and 2009, he was Principal Investigator of the Research Group ‘Globalisation as a Historical Process. Agrarian Markets and International Politics 1870-1970’ funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Alexander Nützenadel held fellowships at Columbia University (New York) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (Wassenaar), before being appointed Professor of European Economic and Social History at the University of Frankfurt (Oder) in 2006. In October 2009, he joined the History Department of Humboldt University Berlin as a Professor of Social and Economic History. 

Research Grants and Coordinated Projects

  • Co-ordinator of the Priority Program PP 1859 ‘Experiences and Expectations: Historical Foundations of Economic Behavior’, funded by the German Research Foundation (2016-22, together with Jochen Streb)
  • Spokesman of the Independent Historical Commission ‘The Ministry of Labour in the Third Reich’, funded by the German Ministry of Labour (2013–20). 
  • Member of the International Max Planck Research School ‘Moral Economies of Modern Societies’ (Berlin).

Service to the Profession

  • Chairman of the University Research Committee (Kommission für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs) and of the Academic Council (Akademisches Konzil) of Humboldt University. 
  • Editorial boards: Journal of Modern European History, Economic History Yearbook, Journal of European Economic History, Neue Politische Literatur and Kritische Studien zur Geschichtswissenschaft 

Areas of Research

  • European fascism in comparative perspective
  • Economic knowledge and experts 
  • Urban real estate markets around 1900
  • Banking, debts and financial regulation in the 20th century
  • Historical experiences and economic expectations

Work in Progress

  • Fascism, Technocracy and Populism in Europe during the Interwar Period (Book Project)
  • Experiences and Expectations: A History of Economic Future (Book Project with Jochen Streb)
  • Internationalization of European Banking since the 1970s (Article)
  • Paradoxes of Regulation. The Banking Crisis of the 1930s and its Legacies (Article)

Recent Publications (selection)

  • The financial crisis of 2008 — Experience, memory, history, in: Journal of Modern European History (=Forum: The Financial Crisis and Its Legacies), 19,1 (2021), p. 1-5
  • Deutsche Bank. The Global Hausbank 1870-2020, London: Bloomsbury 2020 (with Catherine Schenk and Werner Plumpe)
  • 1950 – Wirtschaftswunder global, in: Andreas Fahrmeier (Hg.), Deutschland. Eine Globalgeschichte, Munich 2020, p. 691-694

  • State, Banks and the Financialization of Sovereign Debt in Italy since the 1970s, in: Nicolas Barreyre, Nicolas Delalande (eds.), World of Public Debts: A Political History (Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance), Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 2020, p. 405-425
  • Bureaucracy, Work and Violence. The Reich Ministry of Labour in Nazi Germany, 1933–1945, Oxford/New York: Berghahn 2020 

Curriculum Vitae