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German Studies

The fall of the Berlin Wall placed Germany at the very heart of Europe, where it continues to play a crucial role.

Berlin Wall, 1989.

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:

  • political and cultural history
  • the history of ideas
  • historiography and cultural memory of Germany
  • the history of the Weimar Republic
  • Nazi Germany
  • the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic
  • Berlin
  • Dutch-German relations
  • Germany in Europe

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.


  • The Master’s programme German Studies offers a broad overview of German history, culture and politics since the nineteenth century to the present, with special attention for Germany within a European and global context.
  • The programme has an interdisciplinary character.
  • German society and culture are explored from different perspectives such as history, political science, law, sociology, economics and geography.
  • Apart from lectures, the general curriculum is also comprised of films and excursions to Jena, Düsseldorf and Berlin.