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prof. Tatjana Tönsmeyer

Prof. Dr. Tatjana Tönsmeyer – University of Wuppertal – History Department – Modern European History – Gaußstraße 20 – D-42119 Wuppertal – Toensmeyer@uni-wuppertal.de

Areas of main academic interest

19th and 20th Century European History (esp. transnational and comparative)

National Socialism, World War II, history of occupation and occupied societies

History of agriculture, rural societies in Europe

History of statehood

Academic position and recent affiliations


Professor for Modern European History (chair) at Wuppertal University (since April 2011)

Summer term 2018

Fellow at the Imre-Kertész-Kolleg/University of Jena (book project on everyday life in Europe under German occupation in WW II)

Since May 2012

Project leader und general editor of the research and editorial project “Societies Under German Occupation. Experiences and Everyday Life in World War II” (in co-operation with the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe)


Head of the research department “Europe” at the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), in Essen

Member of several academic boards, among them the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and from October 2019 of the German Historical Institute in Warsaw

Publications (recent or with a focus on occupation/occupied societies)

  1. Coping with Hunger and Shortage under German Occupation in World War II, edited by Tatjana Tönsmeyer, Peter Haslinger und Agnes Laba, London 2018.
  2. Tatjana Tönsmeyer: Supply Situations: National Socialist Policies of Exploitation and Economies of Shortage in Occupied Societies During World War II; in: Coping with Hunger and Shortage under German Occupation (see no. 1), S. 3-23.
  3. Occupied Societies in Western Europe. Conflict and Encounter in the 20th Century, edited by Tatjana Tönsmeyer and Krijn Thijs; in: Francia 44/2017, S. 349-424.
  4. Tatjana Tönsmeyer: Besatzungsgesellschaften. Begriffliche und konzeptionelle Überlegungen zur Erfahrungsgeschichte des Alltags unter deutscher Besatzung im Zweiten Weltkrieg; in: Docupedia-Zeitgeschichte (published 18.12.2015).
  5. Tatjana Tönsmeyer: Hungerökonomien. Vom Umgang mit der Mangelversorgung im besetzten Europa des Zweiten Weltkrieges; in: HZ 301/2015, S. 662–704.