Prof. Dr. Gerhard Besier


Sigmund-Neumann-Institut, Berlin - Dresden - Flensburg

TU Dresden

Schlehenbogen 8


24944 Flensburg


Forschung und Projekte

Aktuelle(s) Projekt(e)

Refugees and Religion

Frühere Position(en)

Lehrstühle in den Fächern (Kirchliche) Zeitgeschichte und European Studies in Berlin, Heidelberg und Dresden


Monographien (und Dissertation)

Neither Good Nor Bad: Why Human Beings Behave How They Do, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2014.

European Border Regions in Comparison. Overcoming Nationalistic Aspects or Re-Nationalization? (with Katarzyna Stoklosa), Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge 2014

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Europe. Past and Present. (with Katarzyna Stoklosa), 2 Volumes, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars 2016.

Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis: From the Soviet Union into Eurasia? (with Katarzyna Stoklosa), London-New York: Routledge, 2017


Does National Mythmaking End at the Border? In KZG/CCH 27 (2014), 233-243.

The Great War and Religion in Comparative Perspective. Why the Christian culture of war prevailed over religiously-motivated pacifism in 1914, in KZG/CCH 28 (2015), 21-62.
Confession – Emotion – Situation. On Resistance in Churches and Religious Associations in Europe in the 20th Century Europe, in: KZG/CCH 28 (2015), 207-219.
Die Faszination literarisch oder filmisch verarbeiteter Rechtsfälle aus anthropologisch-psychologischer Perspektive in: Franziska Stürmer/Patrick Meier (Hgg.), Recht Populär. Populärkulturelle Rechtsdarstellungen in aktuellen Texten und Medien, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2016, 216-234.
The encyclical “Mit brennender Sorge”: Reception in Germany, Voices from Outside and Diplomats’ Endeavors, in Fabrice Bouthillon & Marie Levant (Eds.),Un pape contre le nazisme? L’encyclique Mit brennender Sorge (14 mars 1937), Brest: Editions Dialogues, 2016, 131-260.

Expanding Religious Borders? The New Influence of Some Old State Churches: The Russian Orthodoxy’ in idem/Katarzyna Stokłosa (Eds.), Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis: From the Soviet Union into Eurasia? London-New York: Routledge, 2017, 223-242.

The impact of the Decree on Ecumenism on church relations in Germany, in KZG/CCH 29 (2016), 264-278.
The Churches and National Socialism Between Hitler’s Religious Equivocation and Rosenberg’s Myth: Ambiguities, Fascination, and Self-Assertion, in: David Gudmundsson/Alexander Maurits/Martin Nykvist (eds.), Classics in Northern European Church History over 500 Years. Essay in Honour of Anders Jarlert, Frankfurt/M.: Peter Lang, 2017, pp. 153-198.

The World Council of Churches – Theological, Political and Societal Ambiguities, in KZG/CCH 30 (2017)

Forschungsinteressen und Arbeitsgebiete

(Kirchliche) Zeitgeschichte