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Siegfried Weichlein

Visiting Scholar 2015-2016


Siegfried Weichlein

Weichlein is Professor of Contemporary European History at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. His main research interests are the study of federalism and regionalism, nationalism and nation-building, the history of the cold war, and the history of Christian missions.

This is Weichlein’s second tenure at CES. He has also been a speaker at past CES events and seminars. This year, Weichlein will work on two projects: The first is a book, entitled Federalism in West Germany 1949-2008, which will provide a comprehensive history of the developments of German federalism from inception to the Second Federalism Reform Commission in 2008. Weichlein will investigate how the U.S. federalist system and transatlantic exchanges influenced the German model and how federalism and democracy interact. The second project will be to compile a Federalism Reader on Germany, which currently does not exist.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor of Contemporary European History, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Other Material


Contemporary European History

Areas of Expertise:

Cold War


History of the Missions


Nation building


Research Topic:

Federalism in West Germany after 1949