Walter-Markov-Prize 2011

European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH) and Institute for Cultural and Universal History, Leipzig
Katja Naumann

ENIUGH and the Institute for Cultural and Universal History, Leipzig are holding the biennial graduate student competition prize for works from the social sciences and humanities, which have a clear historical perspective.
Walter Markov (1909–1993) was a historian whose life and thinking was influenced by the shattered German past. In trying to integrate his experiences of National Socialism, his decade-long imprisonment in an NS-penitentiary and the following Cold War, which he observed from the Eastern side, his works sought to integrate the intellectual potentials of the historical thinking of Karl Marx and impulses from the French Social History, around the Annales. Markov’s writing can be best described as a “history from below”.

Examining revolutions and revolutionary moments in history, he became one of the most important German historians working on the French Revolution. In continuing the Leipzig tradition in World and Global History, initiated by Karl Lamprecht and the Institute for Cultural and Universal History, Markov became the director of this institute in 1949 and tried to pursue the international cooperation with scholars on the other side of the iron curtain, as difficult as it was. With his contacts with scholars in Latin America, Africa and Asia – he was the first German guest professor in Africa – he hoped to stand against the withdrawal of his university, the University of Leipzig, from the international scientific community, which began in 1945. His moral and political self-understanding, as well as his high expectations in such regards from his students and colleagues, had its roots in his experiences in the ruptures of German history as well as his ability to transform his own sufferings during the Third Reich into an intellectual striving to understand the historical emergence of the present.

Papers that are submitted for the Walter-Markov Prize are expected to deal with issues that are of particular interest to Markov’s research, including the following:
- the comparative exploration of revolutions and social movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America, amongst them, the processes of decolonialisation and emancipation from political, economic and cultural hegemony
- the tradition of historiography in various national contexts and the processes of its internationalization during the course of the 20th century

Any paper submitted is expected to deal with a historical topic exploring a global perspective, either by addressing it from a comparative point of view, by examining processes of cultural transfers, or by seeking to understand the entanglements of various spatial frameworks.

One prize of €1,500 will be awarded for a graduate-level paper. The author is expected to cover publications costs. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2010. All manuscripts must be word-processed or typed, double-spaced and sent by email to:

There is no maximum length for the paper, but an abstract of 100 words is required. An international commission of ENIUGH is in charge of awarding the Markov-prize and will make a decision by December 15, without any possibility of legal action recourse.

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So far the prize has been awarded including:
Friedemann Pestel (2009): Weimar als Exil. Erfahrungsräume französischer Revolutionsemigranten 1792-1803, Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2010

Astrid Windus (2003): Afroargentinier und Nation. Konstruktionsweisen afroargentinischer Identität im Buenos Aires des 19. Jahrhunderts, Leipziger Universitätsverlag 2005

Oliver B. Hemmerle (2001): ‘Der arme Teufel’ - Eine transatlantische Zeitschrift zwischen Arbeiterbewegung und bildungsbürgerlichem Kulturtransfer um 1900, Lit-Verlag 2002

Ludger Wimmelbücker (2001): The Kilimanjaro Region. Production and Living Conditions, c. 1800-1920, Lit-Verlag 2001

Knuth Matthias Dethlefsen (1999), for his MA-thesis dealing with the British Presence and Rule in China between 1919- 1937

Christian Koller (1999): Von Wilden aller Rassen niedergemetzelt. Die Diskussion um die Verwendung von Kolonialtruppen in Europa zwischen Rassismus, Kolonial- und Militärpolitik 1914-1930, Franz-Steiner-Verlag 2001

Thomas Erdmann Fischer (1997): Geschichte der Geschichtskultur. Über den öffentlichen Gebrauch der Vergangenheit von den antiken Kulturen bis zur Gegenwart, Verlag für Wissenschaft und Politik 2000

Norbert Kersken (1994):Geschichtsschreibung im Europa der nationes. Nationalgeschichtliche Gesamtdarstellungen im Mittelalter, Böhlau-Verlag 1995


European Network in Universal and Global History
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University of Leipzig
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04105 Leipzig

Walter-Markov-Prize 2011, 20.05.2010 Leipzig, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 26.05.2010, <>.