Telephone office hours during the semester break, Spring 2023:

Vacation telephone office hours will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:

February 21

March 14

March 28

Registration will take place via Moodle. Please provide Mr. Requate with your phone number via email once the appointment has been reserved.


since April 2015: Professor of History of Western Europe at the University of Kassel.

Feb. 2010-March 2015: Lecturer at the University of Bielefeld and teacher at the Abendgymnasium Bielefeld

Oct. 2008- Jan. 2010: substitute professor at Bielefeld University (professorship for the history of modern societies, Prof. Dr. Thomas Welskopp and professorship for historical political research, Prof. Dr. Willibald Steinmetz)

Oct. 2006 - Sept. 2007: Visiting Lecturer at the German Historical Institute Paris

April 2004 - Oct. 2008: Senior Assistant at the Faculty of History and Philosophy at Bielefeld University

December 2004: Habilitation at the University of Bielefeld

April 1998 - March 2004: Assistant Professor at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, Bielefeld University

Sept. 1995 - March 1998: Managing Director of the "Center for European Studies" at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Sept. 1994 - Sept. 1995: Research assistant at the "Forschungsschwerpunkt Zeithistorische Studien" (now: "Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung") in Potsdam

Oct. 1992 - Aug. 1994: Research assistant at the "Center for Comparative Social History" (now: Center for Comparative History of Europe) at the Free University of Berlin

1994: Completion of dissertation at the FU Berlin (supervisors: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kocka and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Kaelble)

1992 -1994: Member of the Research Training Group "Comparative Society" at the Free University of Berlin

1982 -1989: Studies: History, French and Philosophy at the Universities of Bielefeld and Freiburg


  • Journalism as a Profession. The Emergence of the Journalistic Profession in 19th Century Germany in International Comparison, (= Kritische Studien zur Geschichtswissenschaft, Bd.109) Göttingen 1995
  • The Struggle for the Democratization of Justice. Judges, Politics and the Public in the Federal Republic, Frankfurt a.M. 2008
  • France after 1945 (= European Contemporary History vol. 4), Göttingen 2011
  • Europe on the Leap into High Modernity. 1870-1890, Oldenbourg Grundriss Geschichte (in preparation)


  • (ed. with Dirk Schuman and Petra Terhoeven), The Visualization and Medialization of Violence since the Late 19th Century (in preparation)
  • (ed. with Sonja Levsen) Why Europe, Which Europe? A Debate on Contemporary European History as a Field of Research, October 15, 2020, online publication.
  • (ed. with K. Weinhauer) Violence without a Way Out? Terrorism as a Communication Process in Europe since the 19th Century, Frankfurt a.M. 2012.
  • (Ed.) The 19th Century as Media Society. On the interaction of medial and social changes in Germany and France, Munich 2009.
  • (Eds. with C. Benninghaus, O. Müller, and C. Tacke), On the Move in Europe. Contributions to a Comparative Social and Cultural History, Frankfurt a.M. 2008.
  • (Ed. with M. König and C. Reynaud-Paligot) The Other. Theory, Representation, and Experience in the 19th Century (4th Summer Course of the German Historical Institute, 2007), Discussions 1 (2008). online publication.
  • (ed. with K. Weinhauer and H.-G. Haupt), Terrorism and Internal Security in the Federal Republic of the 1970s, Frankfurt a.M. 2006.
  • (ed. with H.G. Haupt) Aufbruch in die Zukunft. The 1960s between Planning Euphoria and Cultural Change. The GDR, the CSSR and the Federal Republic of Germany in Comparison, Göttingen 2004.
  • (Ed.) Law and Justice in the Social Awakening (1960-1975). Federal Republic of Germany, Italy and France in Comparison, Baden-Baden 2002
  • (ed. with Martin Schulze Wessel) Europäische Öffentlichkeit. Transnational Communication since the 18th Century, Frankfurt a.M. 2002


  • Rechtsstaatsaufbau in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1945-68, in: Tilmann Röder et al. (eds.) Handbuch für Rechtsstaatsförderung, Tübingen 2021 (forthcoming)
  • Past and Future of the French Republic, in: Corine Defrance /Ulrich Pfeil (eds.), Länderbericht Frankreich, Bonn 2021 (forthcoming)
  • (with Carina Gabriel-Kinz), Between Cold War and Pop Culture. Die erste bemannte Mondlandung in den französischen Medien, in: Sven Grampp (ed.), Cold Moon Rising, Wiesbaden, 2021 pp. 72-91 (forthcoming).
  • Media Narratives of 1970s Left-wing terrorism, in: Stefan Berger et al. (eds), Analysing Historical Narratives, Oxford 2021, pp.223-239.
  • Why Europe, Which Europe? Present Challenges and Future Avenues for Doing European History, in: Sonja Levsen / Jörg Requate (eds.), Why Europe, Which Europe? A Debate on Contemporary European History as a Field of Research, October 15, 2020,
  • At the Round Table on Truth and Justice. Fritz Bauer and the Debate on the Democratization of Justice, in Sybille Steinbacher et al. (eds.). Fritz Bauer and "Sixty-Eight," Göttingen 2020, pp. 83-101.
  • Journalism, in: Norbert Eke (ed.), Vormärz-Handbuch, Bielefeld 2020, pp. 473-482.
  • Débat autour d'un livre: Guillaume Pinson, La culture médiatique fancophone en Europe et en Amérique du Nord de 1760 à la veille de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, in: monde(s). histoire. espaces. Relations, 16 (2019), pp. 183-190.
  • Political Communication in France, the United States, and the Federal Republic in the 1960s, in Hélène Miard-Delacroix/ Johannes Grossmann (eds.), "France, Germany, and the United States in the 'Long 1960s,'" Stuttgart 2018, pp. 83-96.
  • "What a Mess of Titles!" Revolution and Communication, in : Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe (ed.), "Revolution für Anfänger*innen. The Magazine for the Exhibition 21.4.-11.11.2018, Karlsruhe 2018, pp. 56-61.
  • Terrorismes, in; Christian Delporte and C. Moine (eds.), Culture, médias, pouvoirs aux Etats-Unis et en Europe occidentale, 1945-1991, Paris, Armand Colin, 2018, pp.188-189.
  • TV duel à la française? The High Office of the Presidential Election Capmf in its Genealogy and Meaning, in: Frankreichjahrbuch 2017, Wiesbaden 2018. pp.41-59.
  • Modernization under the Sign of America? Political Communication in France and the Federal Republic of Germany in the 'Long' 1960s, in: Johannes Großmann/ Hèlène Miard-Delacroix (eds.) Germany, France and the United States in the 'Long' 1960s, Stuttgart 2018, pp.83-96.
  • Terrorism in the Media Society. Communicative strategies of left-wing and right-wing terrorist groups in the Federal Republic, in Nicolas Bonnet et al. (ed.), Sociétés face à la terreur (de 1960 à nos jours), Discours, Mémoire, Identité, Dijon 2017, pp. 321-342.
  • The question of a German-speaking public sphere in the context of transnational conceptions of the public sphere, in Revue d'Allemagne 48 (2016), H. 2, pp. 247-261.
  • (together with Luise Stein), Créer un espace public européen. L'exemple de la guerre d'Algérie, in Corinne Doria / Gérard Raulet (eds.), L'espace public européen en question. Histoire et méthodologie / Questioning the European Public Sphere. An Historical and Methodological Approach, Brussels et al,2016, pp. 147-166.
  • (with K. Weinhauer) Terrorism as a Communication Process: Escalation and De-escalation of Political Violence in Europe since the 19th Century, in (ed. with K. Weinhauer) Gewalt ohne Ausweg? Terrorism as a Communication Process in Europe since the 19th Century, Frankfurt a.M. 2012, pp. 11-47.
  • The Fascination of Anarchist Attacks in Late 19th Century France, in: (ed. with K. Weinhauer) Violence without Way Out? Terrorism as a Communication Process in Europe since the 19th Century, Frankfurt a.M. 2012, pp. 99-123.
  • Press and Journalism in 19th Century Urban Contexts, in: Clemens Zimmermann (ed.), Stadt und Medien. Vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart , Cologne 2012, pp. 77-96.
  • Aspects de la société médiatique allemande du 19e siècle, in: Marie-Eve Thérenty/ Alain vaillant (eds.), Presse, Nations et mondialisation au XIXe siècle, Paris 2010, pp. 33-54.
  • Communication Media and Society in Global Perspective, in: Ernst Langthaler/ Reinhard Sieder (eds.), Globalization 1800-2008, Vienna 2010, pp. 439-470
  • Americanization as a characteristic of European media development in the 20th century? in: U. Daniel/A. Schildt (eds.), Mass Media in 20th Century Europe, Vienna, Cologne, Weimar 2010, pp. 35-58.
  • Introduction to: J. Requate (ed.), Das 19. Jahrhundert als Mediengesellschaft. On the Interaction of Medial and Social Changes in Germany and France, Munich 2009.
  • Characteristics of the German Media Society of the 19th Century, in: J. Requate (ed.), Das 19. Jahrhundert als Mediengesellschaft. On the Interaction of Medial and Social Changes in Germany and France, Munich 2009.
  • (with Günal Incesu) On the Road to Europe. Appeals as Turkey's Form of Communication with Europe, in: Media & Time, - Communication in Past and Present, 2008, pp. 60-68.
  • Dangerous Intellectuals? State and Violence in the Film and Print Media Debate on the RAF, in: D.Geppert/ J. Hacke (eds.), Der Streit um den Staat, Göttingen 2008, pp. 251-268.
  • (together with M. König and C. Reynaud-Palligot) The Discovery of the "Other" in the 19th Century. Introduction to the Publication of the Contributions of the 4th Summer Course of the DHIP, in: Discussions 1 (2008)
  • Democratization of Justice? Rechstaatlichkeit im Zeichen der Provokation, in: Habbo Knoch (ed.), Bürgersinn mit Weltgefühl. Politische Moral und solidarischer Protest in den sechziger und siebziger Jahren, Göttingen 2007, pp. 181-202.
  • De-escalation through Communication? On Dealing with Left-Wing Terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s, in Revue d'Allemagne et des Pays de langue allemande. 39 (2007), S. 439-454
  • (with Philipp Zessin) Comment sortir du " terrorisme "? La violence politique et les conditions de sa disparition en France et en République Fédérale d'Allemagne en comparaison 1970-années 1990, in Robert Gerwarth, Heinz-Gerhard Haupt (eds.), Terrorism in Europe in the Long Twentieth Century: Violent Social Movements in Transnational and Comparative Perspective. Special issue of the European Review of History, 2007, pp. 423-445.
  • Common challenges, common solutions? Visions of the future during the 1960s. GDR, CSSR and the Federal Republic of Germany in comparative perspective, in: J. Kocka/H.-G. Haupt (eds.), Comparative and Transnational History. Central European Approaches and New Perspectives Cambridge 2007, pp. 178-208.
  • Commercialization of the Press in the Early 20th Century. Consuming and Fragmented Audiences, in: Clemens Zimmermann (ed.), Politischer Journalismus - Öffentlichkeiten - Medien im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, Ostfildern 2006, pp. 121-139
  • Model America? Zur Pressentwicklung in Deutschland und den USA zwischen den 1920er und den 1960er Jahren, in: Michael Prinz (ed.), Gesellschaftlicher Wandel im Jahrhundert der Politik. The Years 1920-1960 in Comparative Perspective, Paderborn 2006, pp. 155-174.
  • Failed Existences? On the History of the Journalistic Profession in the 19th Century, in: Martin Welke/ JürgenWilke (eds.) 400 Jahre Zeitung, Mainz 2006, pp. 335-354
  • (with K. Weinhauer) Die Herausforderung des Linksterrorismus. Introduction to: Klaus Weinhauer/Jörg Requate/ Heinz-Gerhard Haupt (eds.), Terrorismus und Innere Sicherheit in der Bundesrepublik der 1970er Jahre, Frankfurt a.M. 2006, pp. 9-32.
  • The "Terrorist Prosecutors" and the Rule of Law. On the Debate about the Role of Defense Lawyers in the Terrorist Trials of the 1970s, in: Klaus Weinhauer/Jörg Requate/ Heinz-Gerhard Haupt (eds.), Terrorismus und Innere Sicherheit in der Bundesrepublik der 1970er Jahre, Frankfurt a.M. 2006, pp. 271-299.
  • Controllers or Mediators? On the History of Honorary Judges in the 20th Century, in: Westfälische Forschungen, 55 (2005), pp. 115-134.
  • Protesting against "America" as the Icon of Modernity: The Reception of Muckraking in Germany, in: Ursula Lehmkuhl/ Norbert/Fintsch (eds.), Atlantic Communications: The Media in American and German History from the 17th to the 20th Century, New York: Berg Publishers 2004, 205-224.
  • (with H.G. Haupt), Einleitung zu: Aufbruch in die Zukunft. The 1960s between Planning Euphoria and Cultural Change. GDR, CSSR and Federal Republic of Germany in Comparison, Göttingen 2004, pp. 7-28.
  • The Press as the "Fourth Estate". Emergence and Development of a Momentous Concept in 19th Century England, in: Wolfgang R. Langenbucher (ed.), Die Kommunikationsfreiheit der Gesellschaft. The Democratic Function of a Fundamental Right, Opladen 2003.
  • Weimar as an Argument in Emergency Legislation, in Christoph Gusy (ed.), Weimars lange Schatten - "Weimar" als Argument nach 1945, Baden-Baden 2003, pp. 311-334
  • (with C. Benninghaus and H.G. Haupt) Social Structure in the Twentieth Century, in: Sheilagh Ogilvie (ed.), Germany: A New Social and Economic History, London 2003, pp. 279-319
  • Introduction to: Jörg Requate, Recht und Justiz im gesellschaftlichen Aufbruch (1960-1075). A Comparison of the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy and France, Baden-Baden 2002, pp. 9-32.
  • Political Shaping through Justice? The Debate about the Social Function of the Judge in the "68er" Years, in: ders. (ed.) Law and Justice in the Social Awakening (1960-1075). Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Italien und Frankreich im Vergleich, Baden-Baden 2002, pp. 165-182.
  • "Unverified Sagas and True Facts." Notes on the "Culture of News" in the German Press Landscape between the 18th and the First Half of the 19th Century, in Bernd Sösemann (ed.), Communication and Media in Prussia from the 16th to the 19th Century, Stuttgart 2002, pp. 84-102.
  • Politischer Massenmarkt und nationale Öffentlichkeiten - Die Entstehung einer "Vierten Gewalt"? Germany, England and France in Comparison, in: Martin Kirsch/ Anne G. Kosfeld/ Pierangelo Schiera, eds, The Constitutional State Facing the Challenge of Mass Society. Constitutionalism around 1900 in European Comparison, Berlin 2002, 145-168.
  • (with Martin Schulze Wessel), European Public Sphere. Realität und Imagination einer appellativen Instanz, in: J. Requate/M. Schulze Wessel (eds.) Europäische Öffentlichkeit. Transnational Communication since the 18th Century, Frankfurt a.M. 2002, pp. 11-39.
  • (with Matthias Vollert) 'The Lovers and the Baddies' - On the Discussion of the Yugoslav Conflict in Germany and France (1990-1996), in: J. Requate/M. Schulze Wessel (eds.) Europäische Öffentlichkeit, pp. 295-325
  • 'Journalism as a Profession. Reflections on a Theoretical Framework', in: Irene Neverla et al. (eds.), Grundlagentexte zur Journalistik, Konstanz 2002, pp. 417-454.
  • Media Power and Politics. The Political Ambitions of Major Newspaper Entrepreneurs - Hearst, Northcliffe, Beaverbrook and Hugenberg in Comparison, in: Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 41 (2001), pp. 79-98
  • Ombudsman and "Round Table". On the History of the Debate on Alternatives to Justice in the Federal Republic of the Sixties and Seventies, in: Hagen Hof/Martin Schulte (eds.), Wirkungsforschung zum Recht III. Folgen von Gerichtsentscheidungen, Baden-Baden 2001, pp. 273-282.
  • Vergangenheitspolitik in der Debatte um eine Reform der Justiz in den sechziger Jahren, in: Norbert Frei/Dirk van Laak/Michael Stolleis (eds.), Geschichte vor Gericht. Historians, Judges and the Search for Justice, Munich 2000, pp. 72-82.
  • Standespolitik als Gesellschaftspolitik. Zur Debatte um den Reformbedarf der Justiz in den 60er Jahren, in: A. Schildt u.a. (eds.), Dynamische Zeiten. The 1960s in the Two German Societies, Hamburg 2000, pp. 424-423.
  • Between Politics and Profit: German Newspaper Publishers in the First Third of the 20th Century, in: Dieter Ziegler (ed.), Großbürger und Unternehmer. The German Economic Elite in the 20th Century, Göttingen 2000, pp. 167-186.
  • Media and the Public Sphere as Objects of Historical Analysis, in: History and Society, 1999, pp. 5-33
  • The Journalist, in: Ute Frevert/Heinz-Gerhard Haupt (eds.), Der Mensch im 20. Jahrhundert, Frankfurt a.M. 1999, pp. 138-162
  • The Audiovisual Media of the GDR and Their Audience Possibilities and Limits of a Communicative Exchange, in: Jürgen Wilke (ed.), Massenmedien und Zeitgeschichte, Konstanz 1999, pp. 200-211
  • Communication channels and conditions between Germany and France. Conjunctures in the Mutual Reporting of the Two Countries, in: Etienne François et al. (eds.), Marianne - Germania: Franco-German Cultural Transfer in the European Context 1789-1914, Leipzig 1998, pp. 71-92 (= Deutsch-Französische Kulturbibliothek, vol. 10)
  • Media and Communication Structures in Revolutionary Upheavals: Constants and Changes between the French Revolution and the Upheaval of 1989, in Kurt Imhof, Peter Schulz (eds.), Communication and Revolution, Zurich 1998, pp. 17-34 (= Mediensymposion Luzern series, vol.3).
  • Die Lebedame und der Querulant. Zu Grenzverschiebungen zwischen Öffentlichem und Privatem in der Gerichtsberichterstattung der 60er Jahre, in: Kurt Imhof, Peter Schulz (eds.),
  • Die Veröffentlichung des Privaten - Die Privatisierung des Öffentlichen, Opladen 1998, pp. 55-67 (= Series Media Symposium Lucerne, Vol.4).
  • The Study of the Audiovisual Media of the GDR as a Research Task. Problems, Chances and Perspectives, in: Potsdamer Bulletin, No. 7, 1996, pp. 22-34.
  • (together with S. Barck u. M. Langermann) Kommunikative Strukturen, Medien und Öffentlichkeiten in der DDR - Dimensionen und Ambivalenzen, in: Berliner Debatte. Initial, 1995, pp. 25-38
  • Communication and Propaganda in the GDR Media. Possibilities and Limits of Communicative Exchange between the GDR's Audiovisual Media and Their Audiences, in: SPIEL, Siegener Periodicum zur internationalen empirischen Literaturwissenschaft, 14, 1995, pp. 235-249.
  • Von der Gewißheit, falsch informiert zu werden, in: Michael Jeismann (ed.), Obsessions. Dominating Thoughts in the Scientific Age, Stuttgart 1995, pp.272-292.
  • The Emergence of a Journalistic Labor Market in the Vormärz. Germany and France in Comparison, in: Jahrbuch für Vormärzforschung, 1, 1995, pp.107-130.
  • Journalists and Journalism in the 19th Century: Conceptual Considerations for an International Comparison, in: Armin Triebel (ed.), Comparing Societies, Berlin 1994, pp. 373-393.
  • Art. Communication, in: P. Dinzelbacher (ed.), Europäische Mentalitätsgeschichte, Stuttgart 1993, pp.390-399.