Undergraduate Teaching

At Stirling University I taught and organised a general course on the French, American and Industrial Revolutions for first-year students, including a series of lectures on the French Revolution (1972-75), a lecture and seminar course on European History 1815-1945, in the same years, and two advanced seminar courses, on Anarchism (1974) and Aspects of Marxist Historiography (1975).

At the University of East Anglia I taught and organised a first-year Preliminary Course in European History from 1976-1980 and again in 1982-83 (on the transition from pre-industrial to industrial society). My main responsibility in 1976-1980 was for lecture and seminar courses on European Political History 1815-1945 and European Social History Since the Middle Ages, and the History and Institutions of Germany (for History students), a new course which I set up on Contemporary Germany (for German students), and advanced seminars on Feminist Movements in Europe since 1750, and on the Third Reich.

At Columbia College, Columbia University I taught a twice-weekly third-year lecture course on European History 1870-1919. At Umeå University, I taught a seminar course on European feminism since 1750 to first-year students, based on the Swedish edition of my book The Feminists. At Melbourne University in 2007 I gave a series of lectures on Nazi Germany.

At Birkbeck, University of London, I taught a first- and second-year lecture and seminar course on European History since 1800 with about 100 students; a third- and fourth-year seminar course on European Feminism 1750-1950, and a Special Subject course on the Third Reich. I taught the Foundation Course for new students, involving mainly study skills work, and I lectured and taught classes on the two core courses in the joint degree in Politics, Philosophy and History, namely the Rise of the Modern State, and Problems of Explanation and Interpretation. I have continued my interest in adult education since leaving London through my association with Gresham College, in the City of London.

At Cambridge University, I have lectured on Papers 17 and 18 in Part I of the Historical Tripos, and on the Specified Subject entitled ‘The Struggle for Mastery in Germany, 1740-1914’. In 2000 I remodelled this last paper as ‘Nation, State, Society and Culture in Germany, 1794-1914’. However, it had run its course after many years and we ceased teaching it a couple of years later.

I have given several lectures on Historiography and from 2001 to 2006 I taught a Special Subject on the Social History of the Third Reich, relaunched in 2003 as the Economic and Social History of the Third Reich, in collaboration with Dr. Adam Tooze. This stopped when our respective books in the field were published, in 2008, and in 2001-11 and 2011-12 I taught a new Special Subject on the Reconstruction of Germany 1945-55 with Dr Barbara Koenczoel.

In my first 4 years in Cambridge I gave three or four hours’ supervisions a week for Part I, mainly to undergraduates from Gonville and Caius College.