The fall of the Berlin Wall placed Germany at the very heart of Europe, where it continues to play a crucial role.
Political, economic or cultural developments: whatever happens in Germany directly affects neighboring countries. This makes the study of political, social and cultural developments in Germany even more relevant.
UvA scholars traditionally do a lot of research into German history. In doing so, the University intensively collaborates with the Amsterdam Institute for German Studies (DIA). The DIA is the national knowledge centre for contemporary Germany within a European context, and stimulates Dutch-German networks and exchanges.
Research is focused on the history of the long twentieth century. Areas of interest include:
Researchers actively collaborate with related Amsterdam institutes such as the Amsterdam Institute for German Studies (DIA) and the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.