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Institut für Geschichte

Modern History

The Chair of Modern History concerns itself in both teaching and research with the period from the American Revolution to the present. It accordingly covers the ‘long nineteenth century’, the ‘short twentieth century’ and the immediate prehistory of the present. Within this chronological framework, German History, Western European and Transatlantic History, as well as Media, Cultural and Intellectual History constitute the Chair’s main foci.


Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Institut für Geschichte
Lehrstuhl für Neueste Geschichte
Am Hubland
D-97074 Würzburg

Office Management: Dr. Petra Ney-Hellmuth
Room 7/O/12
Tel.: +49 931-31-85537


Prof. Dr. Peter Hoeres
Room 7/O/13
Tel.: +49 931-31-80464

Peter Hoeres was born in 1971 in Frankfurt am Main. He studied History, Philosophy and Political Science in Frankfurt am Main and Münster.  In 2002, he obtained his doctorate with the award-winning dissertation War of the Philosophers: German and British Philosophy in the First World War. The thesis was published by Schöningh in 2004. For an english summary see Peter Hoeres, Idealism as a Transnational War Philosophy, 1914–1918, in: Heather Ellis/Ulrike Kirchberger (Ed.), Anglo-German Scholarly Relations in the Long Nineteenth Century, Brill: Leiden 2014, p. 197-211. Hoeres gained his professorial qualification at Gießen University in 2011 with the study Foreign Policy and Publicity: and the Public. Mass Media, Opinion Polls and Secret Politics in German-American Relations from Erhard to Brandt. The work was issued by De Gruyter Oldenbourg in 2013. Hoeres received a doctoral scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and has been a research fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation. In 2010, he took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC. Visiting professorships at the Universities of Gießen and Mainz followed in 2011/12 and 2012/13 respectively. Peter Hoeres was then appointed Professor at the Julius Maximilian University, Würzburg, where he has been the incumbent of the Chair of Modern History since 2013.


His teaching and research interests include Intellectual History, International History and Media History. The volume Media in Foreign Relations from Antiquity to the Present Day, edited by Hoeres in collaboration with Anuschka Tischer, was issued in 2017. Peter Hoeres is currently overseeing a German Research Foundation project on the history of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He intends to publish a general account of the paper in 2019 under the title Newspaper for Germany. The History of the FAZ from 1949 to the Present Day.


Hoeres is Head of Section for History of the Görres Society and sits on the Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung).  In addition, he is a member of the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Peter Hoeres is married and has two children.


Here you can find a brief overview of the recent discussion about Francs-tireurs in Belgium in 1914 by Prof. Hoeres.