Peter Schöttler

Visiting Scholar (May 2020-Dec 2021)

Prof. Dr.

Peter Schöttler joined the Research Program on the History of the Max Planck Society (GMPG) in 2016. He received his Dr. phil from Universität Bremen (1978), was a Research Director at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris, and now teaches at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he has held an honorary professorship since 2001.

Peter Schöttler’s field of research pertains to French and German history and historiography in the nineteenth and twentieth century. In the framework of the Research Program History of the Max Planck Society he is currently investigating on initiatives and problems of scientific renewal through and around the Max Planck Institute for History opened in Göttingen in 1957 under the directorship of Hermann Heimpel. In a particular case study he will explore the foundation and beginnings of the “Mission historique française” founded in the same city by Robert Mandrou in 1977 which represented a decisive step to overcome the gap between German and Western historiography.

Selected Publications

Schöttler, Peter (2015). Die “Annales”-Historiker und die deutsche Geschichtswissenschaft. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

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Schöttler, Peter (2015). “From Comte to Carnap : Marcel Boll and the introduction of the Vienna Circle in France.” Revue de synthèse 136 (1/2): 207–236.

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Schöttler, Peter (2015). “Three kinds of collaboration : concepts of Europe and the ’Franco-German Understanding’ – The career of SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Krukenberg.” In Anti-liberal Europe : a neglected story of Europeanization, ed. D. Gosewinkel, 128–156. New York: Berghahn Books.

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Schöttler, Peter, ed. (2013). Fernand Braudel: Geschichte als Schlüssel zur Welt ; Vorlesungen in deutscher Kriegsgefangenschaft 1941. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta.

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Schöttler, Peter (2014). “Marc Bloch. Le supplicié no 14.” L’ Histoire 404: 8–16.

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Peter Schöttler, Visiting Scholar at the GMPG Program, quoted on the closed Max Planck Institute for Modern History