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Dr Hanno Balz

Dr Hanno Balz

DAAD Lecturer in Modern German and European History

Hanno Balz is available for consultancy.

Trinity Hall, Room D3
Trinity Ln

Cambridge CB2 1TJ


I am a historian of Modern German and European History and come from Bremen, Germany.

I received my PhD at Bremen University and since then have taught at the Universities of Bremen and Lüneburg and have been an Assistant Professor at the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University (2013-2018).

I have been publishing extensively on the history of the "Red Army Faction" West-German militant group and the legal, intellectual, and political reverbarations in West German society that came along with challenging the state. More broadly I work on European social movements from the 1960s to the 1980s as well as on the history of Nazi rule and the Shoah.

My current research is examining the origins of anti-Communism in Germany.

Subject groups/Research projects

Modern European History:

Research Interests

History of Protest Movements, Cultural History, History of Political Ideas, Media History, History of National Socialism and the Shoah.

Research Supervision

I have started supervising Paper 18 as well as MML Paper GEC2 and also MPhil papers on 20th century German History.


In the past I have been teaching a broad spectrum of topics in Contemporary and Cultural History as well as in Cultural Studies. In Michaelmas 2018 I am the convenor of the MPhil Core Course "Controversies in Modern European History" and teach the MPhil Option "Year of Revolt: 1968 in Europe".

Key Publications



 • Co- editor (with Jan-Henrik Friedrichs) "All we ever wanted...“ Eine Kulturgeschichte europäischer Protestbewegungen der   

1980er Jahre. Dietz, 2012.


• Von Terroristen, Sympathisanten und dem starken Staat. Die öffentliche Debatte über die RAF in den 70er Jahren. Campus Verlag, 2008.


Die 'Arisierung' des jüdischen Grundbesitzes in Bremen.Temmen, 2004.


Latest articles:


 • 'Head of State of Exception. Federal German chancellor Helmut Schmidt and the supralegal crisis management during the 1970s', in: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 3/2018.


 • 'Le "sympathisant" comme figure ennemie dans le discours public allemand sur le terrorisme', in: N. Bonnet, P-P. Grégorio, N. Le Bouëdec, A. Palau, M. Smith (Hg.): Sociétés face à la terreur de 1960 à nos jours: discours, mémoire et identité. Editions Orbis Tertius, 2018.


 • 'Archives of Protest', in: Kathrin Fahlenbrach et. al., eds., Protest Cultures: A Companion. Berghahn, 2016.


 • '"We don’t want your peace …"- The West German Anti-war Movement, Youth Protest and the Peace Movement at the Beginning of the 1980s'. German Politics & Society, vol. 33, no. 3, 2015.


 • 'Militant organizations in the 1970s and 1980s', in: Randall Law, ed., The Routledge History of Terrorism Handbook. Routledge, 2015.

Other Publications

Recent Interview with the Cambridge Public History Blog: