Is the history of European Integration the continuation of German history?


Date:from Thursday, 05 September 2019 at 09:00 to Thursday, 05 September 2019 at 10:30

Location:King's College London (United Kingdom)



Source: Emmanuel Comte (


"Is the history of European Integration the continuation of German history?" This panel with Brendan Simms (Cambridge), Christoph Kampmann (Marburg), Jacco Pekelder (Utrecht), and Emmanuel Comte (Vienna) will take place at the German History Society annual conference (King's College London, 5 September, 9:00–10:30).


The similarities between German history since the late Middle Ages and the history of the European Union have led many to compare the Union to the Holy Roman Empire. This panel opens a conversation between historians of the Holy Roman Empire, European Integration, and Germany’s role in Europe to assess the continuities and differences from Early Modern German history to today’s European Integration. Which features of today’s Union can we trace back to German political and economic tradition? What can the history of the Holy Roman Empire—its failure to centralise, its disaggregation in the face of external threats—teach us on the course of European Integration? To what extent can the current challenges of the European Union find parallels in German history? How does today’s Union diverge from the older Empire and what can this tell us about the possible evolutions of the international system at the time of European Integration?