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Prof. Dr. Michael Goebel

ZI Lateinamerika-Institut

Lehrstuhl für Geschichte Lateinamerikas


+49-30-838 53902

Michael Goebel has been an assistant professor at the Free University since 2011. 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. His second book (Anti-Imperial Metropolis: African, Asian, and Latin American Political Activism in Interwar Paris) will be published by Cambridge University Press.



JFK Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Since 2011

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

(see also http://fu-berlin.academia.edu/MichaelGoebel)

Research Interests

Latin American history

Migration history

History of nationalism and global intellectual exchange

French colonial history


Research Project

Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Political Networks of Africans, Asians and Latin Americans in Interwar Paris


Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism (in press, Cambridge University Press).

(available from September 2015)







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).

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Journal Articles

“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): http://www.hisal.org

"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, Ethnicity, and National Identity," in: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Latin American History (forthcoming).

"Anti-Imperialism and New Nations," in 1914-1918 Online (in print).