Book launch: Christine G. Krüger: "Scylla and Charybdis of the Social Question". Urban Configurations of Security in Hamburg und London (1880-1900), Bonn: Dietz-Verlag 2022.

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June 1, 2022
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, German History / Studies, British History / Studies, Local History, Urban History / Studies

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Christine G. Krüger: "Die Scylla und Charybdis der socialen Frage". Urbane Sicherheits-entwürfe in Hamburg und London (1880-1900), Bonn: Dietz-Verlag 2022.

The social reforms of the late 19th century were fueled by fear of revolutionary upheaval - this is a popular but hardly substantiated thesis. Growing social tensions, especially the two major port strikes in London in 1889 and Hamburg in 1896/97, dramatically threatened the urban security culture. Fears of revolution mostly led to demands for repressive measures aimed at social exclusion rather than inclusive social reforms. The author discusses different conceptual designs of security in the urban centers of the 19th century and questions the often drastic reactions and corrects apparent uniqueness of old basic assumptions.

Chair: Katharina Krause (Marburg)

Introduction: Christine Krüger (Bonn)

Comments: Sabine Mecking (Marburg)

Heidi Hein-Kircher (Marburg)


June, 1 2022, 6-7 pm (CEST)

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PD Dr. Heidi Hein-Kircher

Herder-Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg - Germany