Jaromir Balcar

Research Scholar (Oct 2014-May 2022)

PD Dr.

Jaromír Balcar has been part of the Research Program on the History of the Max Planck Society (GMPG) since 2014, where he works on his project entitled “Finance, Governance, Policy, and the Contacts of the Max Planck Society in the Field of Politics.” He received his doctorate from LMU Munich (2002) and in 2011 received his Habilitation from the University of Bremen. He has been a Research Associate at the Institute for Contemporary History, Munich (1995–1999), LMU Munich (1999–2003 and 2005–2007) and at the University of Bremen (2003/2004 and 2008–2014).

Jaromír’s wider research interests include German and Central European history, especially the history of West Germany since 1945 and Czechoslovakia (1918–1992) as well as the economic and corporate history of national socialism and state socialism.


Selected Publications

Balcar, J. (2014). Panzer für Hitler - Traktoren für Stalin: Großunternehmen in Böhmen und Mähren 1938-1950. München: Oldenbourg.

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Balcar, J. (2019). Die Ursprünge der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Wiedergründung – Umgründung – Neugründung. Berlin: Forschungsprogramm Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

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Balcar, J. (2018). Instrumentenbau – Patentvermarktung – Ausgründungen. Die Geschichte der Garching Instrumente GmbH. Berlin: Forschungsprogramm Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

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Balcar, J. (2018). ‘Dem tschechischen Arbeiter das Fressen geben’: factory canteens in the ‘Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia’. In T. Tönsmeyer, P. Haslinger, & A. Laba (Eds.), Coping with hunger and shortage under German occupation in World…

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Institute's Colloquium

The Commercialization of Science within the Max Planck Society


News & Press

Research Scholar Jaromir Balcar delivers lecture at Max Planck Day in Göttingen