Institute for Social Movements

Mitarbeiterportrait Dr. habil. Bernhard H. Bayerlein
Honory Senior Researcher

Clemensstr. 17-19
44789 Bochum

Telefon: +49 (0)234 32 -

Born 1949 in Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany. Historian and Romance Studies Scholar. Current Position: Senior Researcher, University of Bochum, Germany, Institute of Social Movements; Associate, Center of Contemporary History/ Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschungen (ZZF), Potsdam, Germany.

Baccalaureate with award by the German-French Society, Wiesbaden; studied History, Philosophy and Romance languages and culture at the Universities of Mainz, Munich, Heidelberg, Coimbra (Portugal), Toulouse (France) and Bochum. Degrees of Magister Artium (MA) and Ph.D., Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany; Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR), University of Burgondy, Dijon, France.

Language Skills : French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian (basic), Italian, Latin.

Main research interests

Transnational Communist Studies
History of social, political and cultural movements and Labour movement
German-French and German-Russian relations (1920-1950)
Portuguese and Spanish Studies
Comparative Political Science, Semipresidentialism
European Archival Preservation and Digital Humanities
Global/Transnational Solidarity Organisations
Antifascist Migration, Exile and Intellectual History.

Current projects and scientific activities

Held research positions and lectures in Switzerland (University of Lausanne), France (visiting professor, University of Burgondy, Dijon), Russia (fellow of the German-Russian Commission of Historians), Mexico (visiting professor University of Jalisco, Guadalajara), Portugal (Fellow, Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE, Lisboa)), Spain and Germany (Ruhr-Universiät Bochum, Abteilung für Geschichtswissenschaft, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut, Freiburg I. Br.); Historical advisor, The International Committee for the Computerization of the Comintern Archives (Council of Europe); Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim (2001-2011), Center for Contemporary History, Potsdam (Associate, since 2009), Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr-University at Bochum, Fellow and Honory Senior Researcher since 2012).

Author and editor of 16 books, including The Archives of Jules Humbert-Droz (3 vols., Reidel/Chronos, 1983-2001), The Dimitrov Diaries (2 vols., Aufbau, 2000), The Cyphered Comintern Telegrammes (Tallandier, 2003), The German October 1923 (Aufbau, 2004), The End of Left Solidarity 1939-1941 (Aufbau, Berlin and ROSSPEN, Moscow; Germany-Russia-Komintern, 1918-1943 (3 vols., De Gruyter 2015); International Solidarity. Transnational Radical and Leftwing Networks during the Interwar Period (with Holger Weiss e.a., Brill 2016, forthcoming). Publications in Germany, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Russia.

Author of more than 130 journal articles among them: Abschied von einem Mythos. Die UdSSR, die Komintern und der Antifaschismus. In: Osteuropa, Berlin (2009); KPD, Komintern und Sowjetunion im Angesicht von Hitlers „Machtergreifung“. Zur Empirie und Theorie eines welthistorischen Scheiterns 1933. In: Twentieth Century Communism, London (2016, forthcoming); Re-reading Anew. The history of the Comintern and Communist Parties of Latin America in contemporary studies. In: The International Newsletter of Communist Studies Online 16, 2003 (with V. and L. Kheyfets); Duverger´s concept. Semi-Presidential Government Revisited. In: European Journal of Political Research (1998); Entwaffnete Utopien. Utopies désarmées (1999); Origens bonapartistas do semi-presidencialismo português. In: Análise Social, Lisboa (1996).


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