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Economist , university professor , author

Hartmut Wilhelm Elsenhans, German international relations educator. Lieutenant Tank division, 1962.


Elsenhans, Hartmut Wilhelm was born on October 13, 1941 in Stuttgart, Germany. Son of Wilhelm and Anne (Mayer) Elsenhans.


After graduating high school in his hometown, Stuttgart, he studied political science, history, sociology and Romance studies at the University of Tübingen and the Free University of Berlin.


He is an emeritus professor of International Relations at the University of Leipzig. From 1970 to 1975, Elsenhans was Ziebura's assistant. He earned his doctorate in 1973 with a study on the decolonization of Algeria in the Algerian War 1954 to 1962.

In 1976, he gained habilitation at FU Berlin. The title of his professoral thesis was "History and Economy of the European global conquest from the age of discovery to World War I" (original German "Geschichte und Ökonomie der Europäischen Welteroberung Vom Zeitalter der Entdeckungen bis zum Ersten Weltkrieg"). Throughout his career, he expanded his work on this topic, publishing a total of five volumes on the subject.

In the late 1970s, he had short stints as a lecturer at the University of Montreal and the University of Frankfurt before settling down for his first professorship (of International Relations) at the University of Marburg. His focus there was on the analysis of underdevelopment and national and social emancipatory movements. In 1980, he went to Konstanz for his second professorship, working on and with the administration(s) and governance of developing countries and with international development organizations.

After German reunification, Elsenhans took the opportunity to go to Leipzig, to help build up the department of International relations at the university there. He taught there until 2007, when he retired. He was given honorary membership of the faculty of political science at the University of Leipzig.

Elsenhans currently still resides, lectures and researches in Leipzig. Bibliography:.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Versuch über den Staat in der Dritten Welt, 1981, Development and Underdevelopment, Equality and Development, 1992, Global Change and Implications for India, State, Class and Development, 1996, La guerre d'Algérie 1954-1962., 2000, A Balanced European Architecture. Enlargement of the European Union to Central Europe and the Mediterranean, 1999, (with others) Développement, équité et extension du marché des masses, 2000.


Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists. World Capitalism and Global History, Sage, 2014, 340 pages, , content.


After earning his Diplom there in 1967, Elsenhans moved to Paris where he was a member of the Cycle Supérieur d’Etudes Politiques, where the likes of Ralf Dahrendorf, Theodor Eschenburg, Alfred Grosser, Gerhard Lehmbruch and Gilbert Ziebura were among his teachers.


Married Phurbu Dolma. 1 child, Julia.

Wilhelm Elsenhans

Anne (Mayer) Elsenhans

Cynthia Elsenhans

Julia Elsenhans