German Historical Institute Paris

German Historical Institute Paris
8 rue du Parc-Royal
75003 Paris

Dr. Christian Wenkel
Tel. +33 (0)1 44 54 23 90


The German Historical Institute (Institut Historique Allemand-IHA) is a central player in research in international history. The Institute is actively involved in the mediation of the humanities, particularly in the transfer of scientific and socio-political knowledge between France and Germany. It also promotes young researchers by offering a wide range of Franco-German programs. The historians of the IHA work on the history of Western Europe - from late antiquity to the present.

Cooperation with French and German colleagues allows them to operate in different scientific traditions and transmit the knowledge and methodologies of historical science in both countries. The IHA pursues its own research projects, organizes scientific events and is involved in projects and events of its partners. The results are published in its own book collections, in the journal "Francia" or directly online, thanks to scientific blogging or databases. IHA plays a pioneering role in promoting the use of new media by humanities researchers. The institute has a multilingual library of over 110,000 books, which is open to the public.

Cold War Interests: 

A research group of the GHI Paris, co-ordinated by Christian Wenkel, was dealing with the interdependencies between the Cold War and the European integration process during the 1970s and the 1980s. Since 2010 a couple of scientific events were organized (amongst other activities workshops in Paris, Munich, and Padua). A publication of the results is planned. Based on this, Christian Wenkel is currently preparing a monograph, which also takes in consideration Great Britain, the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Community, and above all, the United States of America as a key player. The analysis of the role played by the USA is crucial for our understanding of these interdependencies, as the European integration process was, since its very beginning, particularly influenced by American aims. In the 1970s the American attitude toward Western Europe changed, but the American interest in a European unity for strategic purposes remained unchanged. In order to analyze the American influence on the evolution of European Community structures during the last decades of the Cold War a particular attention will be paid to d├ętente and energy policies.