Prof. Berg's office hours

During the semester break:

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 11am-1pm

Tuesday, September 2, 2019, 11am-1pm

History Department, Room 041



New Publications by and on Prof. Dr. Ber

  • Review: Turda, Marius, and Maria Sophia Quine, Historicizing Race. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018, in: History: Reviews of New Books, Vol 47:1 (2019), 22-23. Read
  • Interview for WDR ZeitZeichen on Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin, 1793 (28.10.2018). Listen to
  • Article "Wut, Recht und Ordnung. Amerikas Rechtsruck begann 1968 - als Richard Nixon Präsident wurde", in: DIE ZEIT (25.10.2018). Read
  • Interview for WDR ZeitZeichen on occasion of the 80th anniversary of Edward Mandell House's death (28.03.2018). Listen to
  • Interview for SWR aktuell: "Aufstand der Schüler - Kommt in den USA die Waffen-Wende? (23.02.2018). Listen to

For older announcements see our archive.


Schurman Library




Jacob Gould Schurman (1854-1942), professor in philosophy, was president of Cornell University for 28 years before he was appointed as U.S. ambassador to China in 1920. Five years later he took the vacant position of U.S. ambassador to Germany in Berlin. Schurman, due to his studies in Heidelberg, Göttingen and Berlin in the late 1870s, spoke German fluently. As ambassador, Schurman emphasized improvement and consolidation of German-American relations. It was because of these efforts that he became close friends with German Foreign Secretary Gustav Stresemann (1878-1929).







Schurman was appointed honorary citizen of Heidelberg as well as honorary doctor of the University of Heidelberg. In 1927, he initiated a collection of donations in America, which contributed significantly to the building of new lecture halls and seminar rooms in the heart of the Old Town, today known as Neue Universität.

The Schurman Library for American History is located in the University of Heidelberg’s Department of History. Currently (Jan 2019) it has a total stock of 10,239 books. All books can be found via the online cataloge of the University Library.


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