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Dr. Tim Schanetzky

Universität Jena

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of History
D-79104 Freiburg im Breisgau


Born 1973; 2000 M.A. in History at the University of Bochum; 1997-2001 Employee of the Hattingen Housing Cooperative; 2002-2004    Research assistant and lecturer at the Collaborative Research Center “Knowledge Culture and Social Change”, University of Frankfurt/Main; 2006 Dr. phil. in History at University of Frankfurt/Main; 2005-2008 post-doctorate research assistant and member of the research group “History of the Flick Trust in the 20th Century”, University of Jena; since 2008 lecturer at the Chair for Contemporary History, University of Jena; 2011 Heuss Lecturer at the New School for Social Research, New York, and Fellow at the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C.; 2012/13 Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies.


PUBLICATIONS (10 selected)

A. Books

  • Flick. Der Konzern, die Familie, die Macht [Flick. The Trust, the Family, the Power], with Ralf Ahrens, Norbert Frei and Jörg Osterloh, München 2009; Paperback München 2011.
  • Die Große Ernüchterung. Wirtschaftspolitik, Expertise und Gesellschaft in der Bundesrepublik 1966-1982 [The Great Disillusion. Economic Policy, Expertise and Society in Federal Germany 1966-1982], Berlin 2007.
  • Unter einem Dach: Engagement und Sozialkompetenz. 100 Jahre Hattinger Wohnstättengenossenschaft, [Under One Roof: Dedication and Social Competence. 100 Years of the Hattingen Housing Cooperative], Essen 1999.
  • Endstation Größenwahn. Die Geschichte der Stadtsanierung in Essen-Steele [Final Destination Megalomania. The History of Urban Renewal in Essen-Steele], Essen 1998; new edition 2008.

B. Editorships

  • Unternehmen im Nationalsozialismus. Zur Historisierung einer Forschungskonjunktur [Business in National Socialism. Historicizing a Research Trend], Göttingen 2010 (with Norbert Frei).
  • Das Unternehmen als gesellschaftliches Reformprojekt. Strukturen und Entwicklungen von Unternehmen der “moralischen Ökonomie” [Business as Social Reform. Structures and Developments of “Moral Economy” Companies], Essen 2004 (with Jan-Otmar Hesse and Jens Scholten).

C. Articles

  • Henry J. Kaiser, in: Jeffrey Fear/German Historical Institute (ed.): Immigrant Entrepreneurship. German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 4, Last modified March 08, 2013. Link
  • Die Feuerwehr als Brandstifter. Silverberg, Flick und der Staat in der Weltwirtschaftskrise [The Fire Brigade as the Torch. Silverberg, Flick and the German State during World Economic Crisis], in: Ingo Köhler/Roman Rossfeld (ed.): Pleitiers und Bankrotteure. Zur Geschichte ökonomischen Scheiterns vom 18. bis ins 20. Jahrhundert, Frankfurt am Main 2012, pp. 217-250 (with Boris Gehlen).
  • Aporien der Verwissenschaftlichung. Sachverständigenrat und wirtschaftlicher Strukturwandel in der Bundesrepublik 1974-1988 [Aporia of a Knowledgeable Society: Expert Advise and Structural Change in Federal Germany], in: Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 50 (2010), pp. 153-167.
  • Sachverständiger Rat und Konzertierte Aktion: Staat, Gesellschaft und wissenschaftliche Expertise in der bundesrepublikanischen Wirtschaftspolitik [Expert Advise and Concerted Action. State, Society and Expertise in Federal German Economic Policy], in: Vierteljahrsschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte 3 (2004), pp. 310-331.



"Business in the Age of Big Government and War: Henry J. Kaiser und Friedrich Flick"

How did big business act in the Third Reich? For decades the question of “Handlungsspielräume” (freedom of action) was subject of a long-standing historical argument. Until recently, empirical research stressed that freedom of contract and the competitive order have not been under general attack by National Socialist rule. Hence, the idea of a “command economy” is outdated. However, even this younger research refrains from comparison and generally treats the German economy on its own. But what might have been the “regular” or “typical” scope of corporate action? What was “economically rational” and which behavior called for the unique framework of the Third Reich? The research project picks up these questions in a cross-national perspective. It takes industrial newcomers and social climbers under scrutiny whose careers are closely linked to the age of big government and the war. Like no other single businessman in the US, Henry J. Kaiser embodied the requirements of the New Deal. The west coast builder contributed to major public work projects and became an industrial giant during the war. In the run up to the 1944 presidential election, Kaiser was considered as Roosevelts possible running mate. Friedrich Flick on the other hand acted as a role model of national-socialist business conduct. He expanded his coal and steel conglomerate massively and participated in the business of “aryanization”. Moreover, he made use of the armaments boom to secure his idea of a dynastic family business. The two cases are taken as starting points to learn more about business success and the abysses of modern capitalism.