UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)

Dr Egbert Klautke

Dr Egbert Klautke

Associate Professor



Joined UCL
1st Sep 2001

Research summary

I am an intellectual and cultural historian, focusing on German, Central European, French and transatlantic history. My first book, Unbegrenzte Möglichkeiten. 'Amerikanisierung' in Deutschland und Frankreich, 1900–1933 (Stuttgart: Steiner, 2003) compared the infatuation with 'Americanization' and 'Americanism' in France and Germany, where all things American were perceived as peculiarly modern. My second book, The Mind of the Nation: Völkerpsychologie in Germany, 1851–1955 (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2013), follows the emergence, rise and repudiation of 'folk psychology'. It reconstructs the history of this branch of psychological thought and argues that its repercussions can be observed until the present day, despite the apparent failure of the approach in institutional terms. In addition, I have published articles and chapters on topics such as German antisemitism, race psychology, eugenics, the history of historiography, urban culture and the Viennese fin-de-siècle. The focus of my current research is on the legacy of Freudian theories and concepts: I am developing a study on the appropriation, diffusion and popularisation of Freudian thought, with a particular focus on transatlantic exchanges.

Teaching summary

I currently teach, or contribute to the teaching of, the following courses at SSEES:

SEHI1001: Modern Historiography 
SEHI0005: History of Eastern Europe since 1856 
SEHI1002: Seminars in History 
SEHI7004: Between Politics and Culture: German Ideas, 1870–1970 
SEHI 3007: Urban Culture and Modernity: Vienna, Prague, Budapest, 1857–1938 
SEHI 7012: Czechoslovakia in the Age of Extremes, 1918-1993
SEESGH08: Metropolis: History of Berlin, 1871–1990


Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
PhD, History | 1999
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
MAGI, History and Politics | 1995


I was educated at the universities of Heidelberg, Munich, Manchester and Freiburg, where I studied History, Political Science, Sociology and German Literature from 1988 to 1995. In 1995, I graduated from the University of Heidelberg with an M.A. in History and Political Science (double major). From 1995 to 1999, I held a scholarship at the doctoral school of the Centre for French Studies at the University of Freiburg. In 1999, I was awarded the Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in History and Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. From 1999 to 2001, I was postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin. From 2001 to 2005, I was the DAAD Lecturer in Modern German History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL. Since 2005 I have been the Lecturer in the Cultural History of Central Europe at SSEES.