The lecture presents some of Professor Raphael’s ongoing research on the social history of the working classes in West Germany, France and Britain in times of de-industrialisation since the late 1970s. De-industrialisation was by no means a uniform outcome of a global evolutionary trend towards a new economy based essentially on service industries, but it was rather different forms of mixed economies which emerged along different national trajectories combining the manufacturing and distribution of goods, services and knowledge. The lecture will explore how and why these various changes affected the life cycles of industrial workers differently in West Germany and Britain between 1975 and 2000. It will examine the specific effects of, for example, higher levels of unemployment, greater job insecurity or the loss of traditional working skills on gender, age or ethnic differences.
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The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship
The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship is a co-operation of the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Historical Institute London (GHIL), and the Gerda Henkel Professor’s home university. Its purpose is to promote awareness in Britain of German research on the history of the German Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic, and to stimulate comparative work on German history in a European context. The first professorship in the field ‘Germany in Europe, 1945–2000’ was awarded in 2009.