About Hamburger Edition

Hamburger Edition was established in fall 1994 as the publishing house of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research with the goal of making the results of scholarship at the institute more easily accessible to the academic world as well as the broader public.

The first nine books were published in spring 1995 and were an indication of some of the topics that continue to shape the publishing program of Hamburger Edition today: theories of violence, anti-Semitism, and social analysis focusing on nationalism, Stalinism, and xenophobia. In 1995, the Hamburg Institute for Social Research presented two exhibitions for the first time that triggered intense public discussions: "200 Tage und 1 Jahrhundert" [200 Days and 1 Century] and "Vernichtungskrieg. Verbrechen der Wehrmacht 1941 bis 1944" [War of Annihilation: Crimes of the German Wehrmacht, 1941-1944]. The latter exhibition was to become the first of two on crimes perpetrated by the Wehrmacht and was shown in Germany and elsewhere in Europe from 1995 to 1999. The second of these exhibitions, "Verbrechen der Wehrmacht. Dimensionen des Vernichtungskriegs 1941-1944" [Crimes of the German Wehrmacht: Dimensions of a War of Annihilation, 1941-1944], opened in 2001. Hamburger Edition published the catalog for the first and the complete documentation of the second in book form. These exhibitions had a lasting effect on how the German Wehrmacht and its role in the Nazi regime have been perceived and discussed. Moreover, the exhibitions and the publications that accompanied them made a crucial contribution to promoting critical debate about the use of photographic images in scholarship.

Violence in history and in contemporary, globalized societies continues to be central element of our publishing program. New approaches and methods in research are reflected, for example, in books on violence in empires, on various aspects of Nazi Germany's annihilatory programs and practices, on analysis of genocide in Rwanda and elsewhere from the perspective of international law, or in texts that address the politics of Germany's participation in the international military intervention in Afghanistan and its impacts on the self-understanding of German society.

Among the other topics addressed in our publications are theoretical issues related to modern democracies, political protest, changes in the world of work, social inequality and exclusion, and theoretical as well as empirical aspects of contemporary welfare states. Hamburger Edition has acquired a reputation for publishing books that advance and enrich both academic discourse and debates in the media and in other public arenas.

To date, more than five hundred authors-including members or former members of the institute's staff as well as people working in a range of disciplines or professions in the German-speaking countries, in Europe, and internationally-have published monographs, essays, or contributions to edited books in our publishing house. From the outset, our aim has been to complement the results of work conducted at the institute with studies and contributions to debates relevant to the issues focused on here. Many of our books are the work of renowned international authors, which we have translated into German from French and English as well as other languages.

In the years ahead, we plan to extend our program to include research on issues such as war and gender or the question of how modern societies generate ideas about a common future.

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