Assistant Lectureship in 19th and 20th Century History

Hart Benton Wrack
Thomas Hart Benton: «Wrack of the Ol’97» (1944)

The assistant lectureship in 19th and 20th century history complements and expands on the research and teaching foci of the chairs of Early Swiss History & Comparative Regional History and of Swiss & Modern General History in thematic and conceptual terms. It is dedicated to researching and teaching the history of the modern world from the age of revolutions in the late 18th century to the present. Switzerland is understood as a space of observation in which comprehensive historical processes are investigated in their transnational and global entanglements.

Particular attention is paid to the study of historical processes, structures and constellations that span the 19th and 20th centuries and are explored through problem-oriented questions. The thematic key areas of the assistant lectureship include the history of work in the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of capitalism and industrialisation in its interconnections with agriculture, food and the environment, the history of intoxicants and stimulants, conceptual and knowledge history as well as intellectual history. Another focus of teaching is on historiographical debates and theoretical-methodological questions of history.


Junior Assistants


  • Agricultural history and industrialisation
  • History of work in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • History of capitalism
  • History of knowledge
  • Conceptual history and intellectual history
  • Atlantic history in the Age of Revolutions
  • History of intoxicants and stimulants
  • History of social deviance and history of crime
  • Debates on theory and method