International Research Award

der Max Weber Stiftung beim Historischen Kolleg

Awardee 2017

The historian and political scientist Hélène Miard-Delacroix has held the chair of contemporary German history and culture at the Paris-Sorbonne University since 2008. She bears the orders Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande and Ordre des Palmes Académiques

As might be suggested by her 1989 dissertation on Chancellor Helmut Schmidt‘s policy towards France and her habilitation thesis “La question nationale allemande et les relations politiques de la République fédérale d’Allemagne avec la France, 1949-1990” (published in 2002), (German) political history and the history of Franco-German relations are her main research interests. Her numerous publications also cover various political cultures, images of Europe, and the origins of nationalism. Miard-Delacroix’ works have provided key impulses to the research trend of ‘entangled history’ (histoire croisée). 

Before being called to the Sorbonne, she taught in different places including Tours and had already been a professor at the École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines in Lyon. She spent the 2016/2017 winter semester as a visiting professor at the Alfred Grosser Chair at Goethe University Frankfurt. In her biography of Willy Brandt, which found international attention and was translated into English in 2016, she deals not only with the chancellor but also with the way he is perceived in France. At the same time she always has in view the different nature of both countries’ political cultures, thus drawing a detailed picture of the sometimes difficult bilateral relations of the time. 

Hélène Miard-Delacroix is a mediator between Germany’s and France’s academic cultures. One expression thereof is her membership in numerous academic bodies of both countries. In Germany, she is a member of important establishments such as the Commission for the History of Parliamentarianism and Political Parties, the International Advisory Board of the Willy Brandt Foundation, of which she is president, the Academic Advisory Board of the DHI Paris, the museum of contemporary German history, Haus der Geschichte, Bonn, and the institute of contemporary history, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, of which she is the vice-president. She is co-editor of the Documents on Foreign Policy of the Federal Republic of Germany and of the quarterly journal Vierteljahreshefte für Zeitgeschichte.