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Prof. Dr. Fabian Klose

Affiliated scholar, Project »Global Humanitarianism | Research Academy«
Room: Ab dem 1.10.2018 vertritt Fabian Klose die Professur für Neuere und Neueste Geschichte an der LMU München / Since 1.10.2018 Fabian Klose represents the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History at the LMU Munich


Personal Details:

Born in 1976; studied Modern History, Political Science and Ancient History at the LMU Munich (Germany), the National University of Ireland (Maynooth, Ireland) and the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA); 2003-2006: doctoral studies in Modern History and Political Science at the LMU Munich (Germany); 2007: awarded PhD summa cum laude in Modern History at the LMU Munich (Germany) with the dissertation title "Human Rights in the Shadow of Colonial Violence. The Wars of Independence in Kenya and Algeria".
2008: postdoctoral fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA); September 2008 – March 2009: lecturer at the Department of History at Princeton University (Princeton, USA); 2009-2012: senior researcher at the History Department of the LMU, Munich in the German Research Foundation Research Project "In the Cause of Humanity".
From 2012 to 2018: member of the academic staff at the Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz.
Since 1.10.2018 Fabian Klose represents the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History at the LMU Munich.


American Historical Association
Arbeitskreis Historische Friedensforschung (AKHF) (Historical Peace Research Working Group)
Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands (Association of Historians of Germany)

Research Interests:

History of France and Great Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries
History of humanitarian intervention
History of human rights, humanitarianism and international humanitarian law
History of international organizations (United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross)
History of colonialism and imperialism
History of decolonization and wars of decolonization
Global and transnational history

Current Research Project:

Project of habilitation: "In the Cause of Humanity". Eine Geschichte der humanitären Intervention im langen 19. Jahrhundert ("In the Cause of Humanity". A History of Humanitarian Intervention in the long 19th Century)

Selected Publications:

Human Rights in the Shadow of Colonial Violence. The Wars of Independence in Kenya and Algeria, Philadelphia 2013.
Menschenrechte im Schatten kolonialer Gewalt. Die Dekolonisierungskriege in Kenia und Algerien 1945–1962, München 2009.
The Emergence of Humanitarian Intervention: Ideas and Practice from the Nineteenth Century to the Present, Cambridge 2016.
Humanitäre Intervention und internationale Gerichtsbarkeit – Verflechtung militärischer und juristischer Implementierungsmaßnahmen zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts, in: Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift, vol. 72/1 (2013), p. 1-21.
The Colonial Testing Ground. The ICRC and the Violent End of Empire, in: Humanity 2, 1 (Spring 2011), p. 107-126.


Global Humanitarianism | Research Academy


The international Global Humanitarianism | Research Academy (GHRA) offers research training to advanced PhD candidates and early postdocs. It combines academic sessions at the Imperial and Global History Centre at the University of Exeter and the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz with archival sessions at the Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. The Research Academy addresses early career researchers who are working in the related fields of humanitarianism, international humanitarian law, peace and conflict studies as well as human rights covering the period from the 18th to the 20th century. It supports scholarship on the ideas and practices of humanitarianism in the context of international, imperial and global history thus advancing our understanding of global governance in humanitarian crises of the present.

In the Cause of Humanity

This project conducted a comparative and transnational study of humanitarian intervention in the long 19th century. The project compared different arenas in which "humanity" was enforced by military means, including the fight against the Transatlantic slave trade (1808-1890), the interventions of the European Great Powers to protect Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire (Greek War of Independence (1827-1829), the Lebanese Civil War (1860-1861) and the Balkan Crisis (1876-1878)), and the US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence (1898).