Research Network on Military, War and Gender/Diversity founded


On 11 March 2024, the Research Network on Military, War and Gender/Diversity (MKGD) was founded to provide an academic space for this important field of research in the German, European and transatlantic region.  The MKGD Research Network is currently a cooperation of 30 researchers from various disciplines from universities and non-university research institutions of eight countries (Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and the USA) in collaboration with the Centre for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Armed Forces (ZMSBw). The aim of the research network is to systematically work on the research approach and subject of gender/diversity, military, violence and war through intensive collaboration. In addition to a website, the research network currently comprises a mailing list linked to the University of the German Armed Forces  Munich, an online research colloquium, which will begin in the summer semester of 2024 and regularly comprise four events in the summer and three in the winter, and an annual thematic face-to-face workshop in conjunction with a writing workshop for doctoral students.


Speakers of the research network:
  •  Prof. Dr Isabelle Deflers, Professor of Early Modern History, University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences.
  • Prof. Dr Karen Hagemann, James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Detailed information can be found on the MKGD website:



Historical Documentary


ZDF (public German television) documentary „Terra X: Ein Moment in der Geschichte: Die Völkerschlacht bei Leipzig (Terra X: A Moment in History: The Battle of the Nations near Leipzig, 1813) (42 min.), historical advisor and script co-editor, screened for the first time: 20 December 2020.

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The Oxford Handbook of Gender, War, and the Western World since 1600

Edited by Karen Hagemann, Stefan Dudink and Sonya O. Rose

Oxford and New York:
Oxford University Press, 2020

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Umkämpftes Gedächtnis: Die Antinapoleonischen Kriege in der deutschen Erinnerung 


Paderborn: Schöningh, 2019.
Series: Die Revolutions- und Napoleonischen Kriege in Europäischer Erinnerung

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Gendering Post-1945 German History: Entanglements

Edited by Karen Hagemann, Donna Harsch and Friederike

Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2019

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War, Demobilization and Memory: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions

Edited by Alan Forrest, Karen Hagemann and Michael Rowe

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016


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Revisiting Prussia's Wars against NapoleonRevisiting Prussia’s Wars against Napoleon: History, Culture, Memory

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015




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See  also the TV Discussion “Napoleon: Tyrann oder Reformer”,  Phönix, “History Live”, 21 June 2015 and its Website

Winner of the Hans Rosenberg Book Prize in Central European History for 2015 by the Central European History Society.

For the most recent review in the American Historical Review in April 2017 click here.


Gender and the Long PostwarGender and the Long Postwar: The United States and the Two Germanys, 1945–1989 

Edited by Karen Hagemann and Sonya Michel
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014


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Halbtags oder Ganztags? Zeitpolitiken von Kinderbetreuung und Schule in Europa im historischen Vergleich

Edited by Karen Hagemann and Konrad H. Jarausch
Weinheim: Beltz and Juventa, 2015


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The book was recently featured by the German Ministry for Education and Research. 

An English edition is available  under the title Children, Families, and States: Time Policies of Childcare, Preschool, and Primary Education in Europe (Berg Books,  2011 and 2013).




James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor; Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense