Jens Guettel
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Jens Guettel

Jens Guettel

Associate Professor of History and German

modern European history; German expansionism; labor history



  1. Ph.D., Yale University, 2007
  2. 1. Staatsexamen in History and English, Freie Universität Berlin, 2000


I am a historian of modern German, European, and transnational history. I work on the domestic ramifications of empire and colonial expansion for nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Germany, and on Nazi expansionism between 1939 and 1945. My book German Expansionism, Imperial Liberalism, and the United States traces the intersections between nineteenth-century US-westward expansion and German colonialism from the late eighteenth century to the end of World War II. My current book project scrutinizes the German labor movement before and during the First World War. My research focuses on the labor movement’s often overlooked impact on German domestic and international policies even before the establishment of the first German democracy in 1918.

Recent Publications

German Expansionism, Imperial Liberalism, and the United States, 1776-1945 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

“The Myth of the Pro-Colonialist SPD: German Social Democracy and Imperialism before the First World War,” Central European History, Volume 45, Number 34 (September 1, 2012).

“From the American Frontier to German South-West Africa: German Colonialism, Indians, and American Westward Expansion,” Modern Intellectual History, Volume 7, No. 3 (2010), pp. 523–552.