Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Goebel

Prof. Dr. Michael Goebel

Lateinamerika-Institut / Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut

Professor of Global and Latin American History


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Michael Goebel has been Professor of Global and Latin American History at the Freie Universität Berlin since June 2015.

His latest book (Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism) has been published by the Cambridge University Press in 2015 (watch an interview on the book here).

Previously he was Assistant Professor at the Freie Universität. In July 2014 he received his Habilitation in Modern History. After his training as a historian of Latin America in Germany and the UK he worked at University College London, the European University Institute in Florence, and Harvard University. His first book (Argentina's Partisan Past: Nationalism and the Politics of History) was published by Liverpool University Press in 2011, his articles on the history of migration and the global history of nationalism have appeared in journals such as Past and Present and Geschichte und Gesellschaft.


Since 2015

Professor of Latin American and Global History at the Freie Universität Berlin


JFK Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University


Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin (Area of Global History)


Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence


DFG Postdoc Fellow: International Research Group "Between Spaces", Lateinamerika-Institut, Free University Berlin


Past and Present Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, London


Teaching Fellow: University College London, University of Warwick, University of Bristol


PhD University College London


Marie Curie Fellow, Doctorate in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla

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A historian of Latin America by training, Michael Goebel has gradually become more interested in other world regions, trying to merge his major research interests of migration history and the global history of nationalism in his book Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism (Cambridge UP, 2015). Leaving the confines of Latin America has come alongside a move from intellectual to social and economic history.

His Habilitation (July 2014) has been supported by a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. In the course of this research, he has become particularly intrigued by the global history of ethnic segregation in cities, especially in Latin America and Southeast Asia, which will likely be his core interest in the coming years.


Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Winner of the Jerry Bentley Prize for World History 2016.

Reviews: American Historical Review, Journal of the History of Ideas Blog, H-Soz-Kult, New Left Review

Watch a short interview on the book here, listen to a one-hour interview here, and read a longer one by the Toynbee Prize Foundation here. Read an extract here.

"The Latin Quarter and the Third World" -- Global Urban History

"A Parisian Ho Chi Minh Trail" -- Imperial & Global Forum

"Africains dans le Paris de l'entre-deux-guerres" -- Libération

A French translation will be published by La Découverte.


Argentina’s Partisan Past: Nationalism and the Politics of History, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool 2011.


H-Net, The Americas, Hispanic American Historical Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, Nations and Nationalism, Iberoamericana, Historia Política

La Argentina partida: nacionalismos y políticas de la historia, Prometeo, Buenos Aires 2013 (revised Spanish translation of Argentina's Partisan Past).


Políticas de la Memoria, Boletín del Instituto Ravignani, Nouveau Monde, Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales

Overlapping Geographies of Belonging: Migrations, Regions, and Nations in the Western South Atlantic, American Historical Association, Washington DC, 2013 (series: Regions and Regionalism in the Modern World, edited by Sebastian Conrad and Prasenjit Duara).

Edited Volume

(with Nicola Foote), Immigration and National Identities in Latin America (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014).

Read on Project Muse


Choice, H-Net, Journal of Latin American Studies, Hispanic American Historical Review, Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais


Journal Articles

"The Capital of the Men Without a Country: Migrants and Anticolonialism in Interwar Paris," in: The American Historical Review (forthcoming, October or December 2016).

“Geopolitics, Transnational Solidarity, or Diaspora Nationalism? The Global Career of M.N. Roy, 1915–1930,” in: European Review of History, vol. 21, no. 4 (2014), 485-499.

"Una biografía entre espacios: M.N. Roy, del nacionalismo indio al comunismo mexicano," in: Historia Mexicana, vol. 62, no. 4 (2013), 1457-1493.

"Von der hispanidad zum Pan-Arabismus: Globale Verflechtungen in Argentiniens Nationalismen," in: Geschichte und Gesellschaft, vol. 37, no. 4 (2011), 523-558.

"Gauchos, Gringos and Gallegos: The Assimilation of Italian and Spanish Immigrants in the Making of Modern Uruguay," in: Past and Present, no. 208 (2010), 191-229.

"Globalization and Nationalism in Latin America, c.1750-1950," in: New Global Studies, vol. 3, no. 3 (2009).

"Decentring the German Spirit: The Weimar Republic's Cultural Relations with Latin America," in: Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 44, no. 2 (2009), 221-245.

"A Movement from Right to Left in Argentine Nationalism? The Alianza Libertadora Nacionalista and Tacuara as Stages of Militancy," in: Bulletin of Latin American Research, vol. 26, no. 3 (2007), 356-377.

Introduction to the special section “Nationalism and the Left” of the Bulletin of Latin American Research, vol. 26, no. 3 (2007), 311-318.

"Marxism and the Revision of Argentine History in the 1960s," in: Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, vol. 17, no. 1 (2006), 161-184.

"Los modelos históricos de la ‘Argentina real’: la iconografía del nacionalismo y del populismo, 1955-1973," in: Histoire(s) de l’Amérique latine, vol. 1 (2006):

"La prensa peronista como medio de difusión del revisionismo histórico bajo la Revolución Libertadora," in: prohistoria, no. 8 (2004), 251-265.


Articles in Edited Volumes

“Twentieth-Century South America,” in Edward Cavanagh and Lorenzo Veracini (eds.), Routledge Handbook of the Global History of Settler Colonialism (London: Routledge, forthcoming).

(co-authored with Fraser Ottanelli) "Fascism and Anti-Fascism among Italians in Argentina and the United States," in: Alejandro Fernández, Elda González, and José Moya (eds.), Atlantic Crossings. Webs of Migration, Culture and Politics Between Europe, Africa, and the Americas, 1880-2010 (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

"Fighting and Working in the Metropole. The Nationalizing Effects of WWI Throughout the French Empire, 1916-1930," in: Helmut Bley and Anorthe Kremers (eds.), The World During the First World War (Essen: Klartext, 2014), 99-109.

"Reconceptualizing Diasporas and National Identities in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1850-1950," in: Nicola Foote and Michael Goebel (eds.), Immigration and National Identities in Latin America (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014), 1-27.

"Italian Fascism and Diasporic Nationalisms in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay," in: Nicola Foote and Michael Goebel (eds.), Immigration and National Identities in Latin America (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014), 235-255.

"Marxism and the Revision of Argentine History in the 1960s," in: Carlos Aguirre (ed.), Militantes, intelectuales y revolucionarios: ensayos sobre marxismo e izquierda en América Latina (Raleigh, NC: A Contracorriente, 2013), 429-458 (reprint)

“'Un movimiento en muchos sentidos incomprensible': percepciones del peronismo en la prensa británica, alemana e italiana, 1973-1976," in: Claudio Panella and Raanan Rein (eds.), El retorno de Perón y el peronismo en la visión de la prensa nacional y extranjera (La Plata: Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de la Plata, 2009), 257-285.

"Some Historical Observations on the Relationship Between Nationalism and Political Violence in Argentina," in: Will Fowler and Peter Lambert (eds.), Political violence and the construction of national identity in Latin America (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007), 207-225.



"Immigration and National Identity in Latin America, 1870–1930," in: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Latin American History (2016).

(with María Inés Tato), "Making Sense of the War (Latin America)," in: 1914-1918 Online (2015).