Institute could be instrumental in promoting the personal and institutional bonds between American and German medievalists.
Indeed, the deepening of institutional relations and exchanges between American and German scholars during the past few years gives reason to hope that the demise of the German Middle Ages in American historical studies described by Professor Geary may soon be a thing of the past. Both Professor Geary, director of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Professor Oexle, director of the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen, have contributed greatly to this process through their work. At the same time, the support of institutions like the German Academic Exchange Council (DAAD) and the Fulbright Commission–both of which are currently enabling a considerable number of young American graduate students to pursue their research interests in Germany –has been essential. Within the next ten years, we will probably see the number of American scholars working on German medieval history more than double.
Professor Geary's interest in Germany and in German history began with a summer course at the Passau Goethe Institute in 1969. He received his doctorate in medieval studies from Yale University and has held positions at the University of Florida and at Princeton University before he was appointed director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA in 1993. He has also served as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen and as a visiting professor at the University of Vienna. Professor Geary's publications include
(1988; German translation 1996);