Inheritance Practices in the 20th Century

Susanne Fabricius Discussion
September 15, 2017
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Contemporary History, Economic History / Studies, European History / Studies, Law and Legal History


German Historical Institute

1607 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.



Inheritance Practices in the 20th Century

September 15th, 2017



Jürgen Dinkel (University of Leipzig), Simone Lässig (GHI Washington), Vanessa Ogle (University of Pennsylvania)




Friday, September 15

10:00 – 10:30 am          Introduction:

Simone Lässig (GHI Washington)

Jürgen Dinkel (GHI Washington;University of Leipzig)


10:30 am – 12.15 pm    Panel 1: Inheritance strategies within (transnational) Families

David Green (King’s College London)

The Right of the Dead Man’s Hand? Inheritance, the State and Family ‘Wealthfare’ in England and Wales, 1850–1930

            Alastair Owens (Queen Mary University of London)

Inheritance strategies within families

Jürgen Dinkel

Inheritance Transfers within Transnational Families, 1940s to 1970s


Moderator: Elisabeth Engel (GHI)

Comment: Hendrik Hartog (Princeton University)


12:15 – 13:30 pm           Lunch  at the GHI


13:30 – 15:30 pm Panel 2: Inheritance strategies, family conflicts and the   state

Shennette M. Garrett-Scott (University of Mississippi)

Maggie Lena Walker’s “Will” and the Fraught Legacy of a Self-Made African American Woman in the Early Twentieth-Century United States

           Simone Derix (LMU München/ Universität Frankfurt)

           Contested Property. Inheritance Conflicts within Wealthy Families

           Ute Schneider (Universität Duisburg-Essen)

           Hereditary relations: Germany East and West


Moderator: Elke E. Stockreiter (American University)

Comment: Vanessa Ogle (University of Pennsylvania)


15:30 – 15:45 pm Coffee Break


15:45 – 16:45 pm Final Discussion

 Vanessa Ogle





The workshop is financed by the German Historical Institute, Washington DC and the Hoerner Bank AG, Heilbronn, Germany


Contact Info: 

Juergen Dinkel

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