About H-German


What Is H-German?

Managing Your Account

Copyright and Privacy Information


What Is H-German?



H-German is one of the H-Net family of humanities networks sponsored by the Michigan State University. All together our more than 100 networks have over 60,000 subscribers in 90 countries. H-German is a daily Internet discussion forum focused on scholarly topics in German history. There are no chronological limits. The primary purpose for H-German is to enable scholars in history and related disciplines to easily communicate current, research and research interests; to discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; and to explore these issues as they relate to the teaching of German history.
H-German welcomes questions and queries about historiographical debates, research problems, and the teaching of German history. All such queries, however, should contain an explanation of why the information is needed and where you have searched for information already. Short queries (less than a full paragraph) are strongly discouraged.

For questions about H-German's posting policy, please consult our posting guidelines.



H-German will post announcements of conferences, fellowships and jobs. H-German also publishes a monthly housing bulletin for the benefit of our subscribers seeking housing while on research trips.

The Editors

All messages to H-German are vetted by the editors (Michael Honhart, Lynn Kutch, Shannon Nagy, Chad Ross, Kira Thurman, and Greg Witkowski). H-German currently has over 2000 members throughout the world, and the editors work to ensure that the material they receive from H-German is consistently of the highest quality. An editorial board serves to advise the editors. Messages and announcements are routed through the editors, and then sent directly to your e-mailbox. You can read, download, discard, save, print, forward or reply.

Managing Your Account

Once you are subscribed, you can manage several account options on your own. The easiest and most complete way to manage your account is to use H-Net's account interface on the web.
If you wish to manage your account using e-mail, you should use the following commands.  All mail concerning your account options should be sent to: listserv@h-net.msu.edu.

When sending mail to the listserver, use the exact syntax indicated below and omit signature files and other text. No subject line is required.

To see what your current subscription settings are:
query h-german
To temporarily suspend your account (while on vacation, for example):
set h-german nomail
To resume the flow of messages:
set h-german mail
To receive a daily digest of H-German messages (instead of individual messages):
set h-german digest
To begin receiving individual messages instead of digests:
set h-german nodigest
To change your subscription address (you MUST send the message from your OLD address. If you do not still have access to the old account, you must contact the subscription editor at germansub@h-net.msu.edu):
change h-german newaddress
To unsubscribe from H-German:
unsub h-german

(Please unsubscribe from H-German and all other mailing lists if you are terminating a particular email account!)

Copyright and Privacy Information

The following is an excerpt from H-Net's Policy on Copyright and Intellectual Property (November 8, 1999):
(For H-Net's complete policy on copyright and intellectual property, click HERE)
"H-Net is a nonprofit communications service intended to advance the teaching, research, and service of scholars, educators, and students. Preserving copyright rights is a collective responsibility: H-Net users and editors must respect the intellectual property of others. Consistent with the objective of encouraging creativity in scholarship and education, editors and users are encouraged to transmit copyrighted works to or through H-Net, with the express permission of the copyright holder or in accordance with the fair use provisions of copyright law. H-Net considers posting to H-Net lists or Web, as contrasted with private e-mail correspondence, to be a form of "publication."
Commissioned works: Unless otherwise indicated, book reviews, essays, and multimedia materials commissioned by H-Net are copyrighted by H-Net. H-Net permits the redistribution and reprinting of these materials for nonprofit, educational purposes, with full and accurate attribution to the author, location, date of publication, and H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online. For any other proposed use, contact the executive director.
Original messages: Although authors of messages to H-Net lists retain the copyright in those messages, sending a message to an H-Net list for posting will constitute permission to H-Net and its subscribers for electronic distribution and downloading for nonprofit educational purposes with proper attribution to the author, the originating list, and the date of original posting. If an author wishes to limit distribution of messages by subscribers, he or she should so specify in the message. Original messages to H-Net lists are not in the public domain, and may not be used for other than educational, nonprofit purposes without the permission of the copyright holder and notification to H-Net.
Forwarded, nonoriginal content: Senders of messages must obtain permission to reproduce copyrighted work beyond the scope of "fair use." Editors must make a good-faith effort to confirm that material whose origin or content appears to be entirely derivative or nontransformative and which exceeds fair use does not violate copyright in the original."

H-German respects the privacy of its subscribers. Our subscriber list is available only to the editors, and the editors will not provide your email address to any third party. When we receive appropriate requests for contact information,  we will forward them to the subscriber involved, so that s/he may respond.
Any other questions about subscriptions should also be addressed to germansub@h-net.msu.edu.


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