Dr Hanno Balz

DAAD Lecturer in Modern German and European History
Director of the MPhil in Modern European History
Fellow of Trinity Hall
Dr Hanno Balz
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:
- The origins of anti-Communism in Germany
- History of the Colour Red and symbolism of the Red Flag
History of Protest Movements, Cultural History, History of Political Ideas, Media History, Historical Symbolism, History of National Socialism and the Shoah.
I teach Paper 18 (Modern European History), Historical Argument and Practice, and the MPhil in Modern European History. I supervise Paper 18 as well as MMLL Paper GEC2.
I am happy to supervise MPhil papers on 20th century German and European History.


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Trinity Hall, Room D3, Trinity Hall, Cambridge CB2 1TJ


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.
• 'Hostile Take-Over. A Political History of the Red Flag.' In: Socialist History, 59, 2021, Pp. 8-30.

• 'Head of State of Exception. Federal German chancellor Helmut Schmidt and the supralegal crisis management during the 1970s', in: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 3/2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41358-018-0145-0

• '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

Interview with the Cambridge Public History Blog:


Interview on BBC Radio:„The Inquiry: How do you report Terrorism?“