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In research and teaching I focus on European and global history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Within this frame, I am specialized in two diffferent fields: global commodity history with a focus on agricultural goods and food, and the history of knowledge production and publishing. In both fields I combine approaches from cultural and economic history and work in a transnational perspective. 

Currently I am writing a book on the global history of soybeans from the late nineteenth century to after World War II. It will be published in 2023 as Globalizing the Soybean: Fat, Feed, and Sometimes Food, c1900–1950 with Routledge. Furthermore, I am working on the history of fat. I asked about actors involved in the production and trade of soybeans and fats, dicover consumption patterns, and investigate political regulations. 

In 2008, I received a PhD from the University of Heidelberg for a thesis on two German publishing houses (F. A. Brockhaus and Bibliographisches Institute). I analyzed how their businesses and the books they published transformaed from the Weimar Republic to Nazi Germany and to the post-war years. Furthermore, I discovered how these publishers influenced knowledge production abroad (in Switzerland) and became influenced themselves (by the Soviet Union).

From 2008 onwards I spent several years at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. After a short period at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich I joined the University of Bergen in 2018. 

In teaching I mainly address questions that reach beyond national borders. Students learn how different parts of the world were connected not only in times of a flourishing global economy but also in times of nationalism. I try to broaden my students prespective and actively invite them to look for connections, bridges, and links.

I am course responsible for the lecture "Europe after 1945", which is taught every spring, and I supervise bachelor theses under the umbrella of this topic. Furthermore, I'm coordinating the master's seminar "På tvers av grenser" in which I supervise students with Camilla Brautaset, Rolf Hobson, and Christhard Hoffmann.

EUR103- Europe after 1945: Resources, Demography, Economy

HIS102- Oversyn over nyare historie frå 1750

HIS250 og HIS250L - Bacheloroppgave

På tvers av grenser - Globalisering, kulturutveksling, transnasjonal historie, ca. 1880 til i dag

Selected Publications


Mizuno, Hiromi, and Ines Prodöhl. “Mitsui Bussan and the Manchurian Soybean Trade: Geopolitics and Economic Strategies in China’s Northeast, ca. 1870s–1920s.” Business History, December 1, 2019, 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1687688.

Ines Prodöhl. “From Dinner to Dynamite: Fats and Oils in World War II.” Global Food History 2, no. 1 (2016): 31-50.

Ines Prodöhl. “Versatile and Cheap: A Global History of Soy in the First Half of the Twentieth Century.” Journal of Global History 8, no. 3 (2013): 461-482.

Ines Prodöhl. “Dynamiken globaler Vernetzung: Mandschurische Sojabohnen auf dem Weltmarkt.” Zeitschrift für Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie 61, no. 2 (2013): 75-89.

“Die ‘Encyclopedia Americana’ und die Crux transnationaler Enzyklopädien.” Themenportal Europäische Geschichte (2011).

Grüner, Frank, and Ines Prodöhl. “Ethnic Ghettos and Transcultural Processes in a Globalised City: New Research on Harbin.” Itinerario 35, no. 3 (2011): 17-22. 

Ines Prodöhl. ’A miracle bean’: How Soy Conquered the West, 1909-1950.” Bulletin of the GermanHistorical Institute, Washington DC 46 (Spring 2010): 111­-129.

Engelhardt, Arndt, and Ines Prodöhl. “Kaleidoscopic Knowledge: On Jewish and Other Encyclopedias, Introduction.” Jahrbuch des Simon Dubnow InstitutsLeipzig 9 (2010): 3-13.

Ines Prodöhl. ’Aus denen besten Scribenten’. Zedlers ‘Universal-Lexicon’ im Spannungsfeld zeitgenössischer Lexikonproduktion.” Das achtzehnte Jahrhundert 29 (2005): 82-94.

Ines Prodöhl. “Die Usurpation des Wissens. Zivilgesellschaftliche Netzwerke und Enzyklopädien als Transfer-medien im ‘Dritten Reich’.” Historische Mitteilungen der Ranke Gesellschaft 17 (2004): 62-73.

Books and special issues

“Food Commodities in Wartime.” Global Food History 2, no. 1 (2016), guest-edited by April Merleaux and Ines Prodöhl.

Entangled Histories: The Transcultural Past of Northeast China, edited by Dan Ben-Canaan, Frank Grüner, and Ines Prodöhl. Springer: Berlin 2014.

“Ethnic Ghettos and Transcultural Processes in a Globalised City: New Research on Harbin.”Itinerario 35, no. 3 (2011), guest-edited by Frank Grüner and Ines Prodöhl. 

Die Politik des Wissens. Allgemeine deutsche Enzyklopädien zwischen 1928 und 1956. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2011.

“Kaleidoscopic Knowledge: On Jewish and Other Encyclopedias.”Jahrbuch des Simon Dubnow Instituts 9 (2010), guest-edited by Arndt Engelhardt and Ines Prodöhl.

Tutorienheft Neuzeit. Literatur zum Studium der Geschichte, arranged by Ines Prodöhl. Heidelberg: History Department, University of Heidelberg, 2006.

Chapters in edited volumes

D’April, Iwan Michelangelo, and Ines Prodöhl. “Die grenzübergreifende Unterwanderung der Obrigkeit. Politischer Wissenstransfer und liberale Diskurse in Brockhaus’Konversationslexikon.” In Weltwissen. Das Eigene und das Andere in Enzyklopädien und Wörterbüchern des 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhunderts, edited by Ina Ulrike Paul, 236-262, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2020 (in print).

Ben-Canaan, Dan, Frank Grüner, and Ines Prodöhl. Entangled Histories: “The Transcultural Past of Northeast China (Introduction).“ In Entangled Histories: The transcultural past of Northeast China, edited by Dan Ben-Canaan, Frank Grüner, Ines Prodöhl, 1-11. Berlin: Springer 2014.

Ines Prodöhl. “Die Aushandlung von Wissen und das Erfolgsmodell des Konversations-Lexikons.” In Am Anfang ist das Wort. Lexika in der Schweiz, edited by Marco Jorio and Cindy Eggs, 58-70. Baden: hier + jetzt, 2008.

Herren-Oesch, Madeleine, and Ines Prodöhl. “Informationspolitik und Geschichtswissenschaft.” In Information und Ethik. Dritter Leipziger Kongress für Information und Bibliothek, edited by Barbara Lison, 404-408. Wiesbaden: Dinges & Frick, 2007.

Ines Prodöhl. “’Schlag nach über Polen’. War, Business and Encyclopaedic Idea during World War II in Germany.” In Allgemeinwissen und Gesellschaft. Akten des internationalen Kongresses über Wissenstransfer und enzyklopädische Ordnungssysteme, vom 18. bis 21. September 2003 in Prangins, edited by Paul Michel, Madeleine Herren, and Martin Rüesch, 513-527. Aachen: Shaker, 2007.

Herren-Oesch, Madeleine, and Ines Prodöhl. “Kapern mit Orangenblüten – die globale Welt der Enzyklopädie.” In Seine Welt wissen. Enzyklopädien der Frühen Neuzeit. Katalog zur Ausstellung der Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig und der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, edited by Ulrich Johannes Schneider, 42-53. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2006.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2020). Mirakelbønne eller erstatningsmat? Soyabønnens historie i den vestlige verden. Fortid.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Mitsui Bussan and the Manchurian soybean trade: Geopolitics and economic strategies in China’s Northeast, ca. 1870s–1920s. Business History. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Die Weltwirtschaftskrise im Kontext von Globalisierung und De-Globalisierung.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). Soybeans in Global Perspective, c1900–1950: Fat, Feed, and Food.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Globalizing the Soybean: Fat, Feed, and Sometimes Food, c1900-1950.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Das Erfassen der Globalisierung in Daten: "Wesentliche landwirtschaftliche Produkte" in der Zwischenkriegszeit.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Autarky and Planning: Nazi Germany's 'Fat-gap' Policy .
  • Show author(s) (2021). Resumé.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Commodifying soy in Europe: technological change, imperialism, and transnational networks in the early twentieth century.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Schmierstoff der Moderne: Der Rohstoff Fett im Ersten Weltkrieg.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Mitsui Bussan and the Manchurian Soybean Trade: Waiting for a Business Opportunity, 1870–1920.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Fragen an eine globale Wirtschaftsgeschichte.
Reader opinion piece
  • Show author(s) (2021). Uten utenlandske forskere blir norsk akademia fort provinsiell. Khrono.no.
Book review
  • Show author(s) (2020). Marie-Theres Fojuth: Herrschaft über Land Und Schnee: Norwegische Eisenbahngeographien, 1845-1909 (Geschichte Der Technischen Kultur, 7). Historisk Tidsskrift (Norge). 246-248.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth-Century Germany. By Alice Weinreb. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. 328. Cloth $55.00. ISBN 978-0190605094. Central European History. 710-711.
Masters thesis
  • Show author(s) (2021). From oatmeal to oranges; A commodity history of how and when oranges became more common for the average Swede between 1865-1930.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2022). Vertreibung von damals prägt Familie noch heute. Nordkurier. 19.
  • Show author(s) (2019). UMIR-30 år siden Berlinmurens fall.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2020). Die grenzübergreifende Unterwanderung der Obrigkeit: Politischer Wissenstransfer und liberale Diskurse in Brockhaus' Konversationslexikon. 24 pages.

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