Daniel Maul

Associate Professor - History
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Program leader: Master Program in Modern International and Transnational History (MITRA).

Academic interest

My main research interests are located in the area of 20th century international and global/transnational history. At the moment I am pursuing two major research projects, one of which is concerned with the origins, mechanisms and discourses surrounding the emergence and development of international humanitarian aid from the late 19thcentury onwards. Against this background I am presently writing a book on American Quaker’s relief operations during the first half of the twentieth century.

My other main research focus is on the field of internationalism and international institutions, with a particular emphasis on the history of the International Labour Organization (ILO). On the occasion of the ILO’s looming 100th anniversary (2019) I am working , in cooperation with the ILO Century Project, towards a publication that will cover the organization's history from the beginnings to the present day. 

During the next years I aim to synthesize key questions from within these two focus areas with the goal of developing a comprehensive research project on concepts and practices of “Global Social Policy” during the "long" twentieth century, including a broad set of issues ranging from international migration, world trade and development to population policies and human rights.


I was born in Nürnberg, Germany and studied history in Bremen, Bologna and at Ludwig-Maximilians-University München. I am both holding an M.A. (2000) and received a Ph.D. (2006) from LMU München, the latter for a dissertation on the role of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the period of decolonization (1940 to 1970). Subsequently I spent seven years, from 2008 to 2014, at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, first as a junior researcher and from 2010 onwards as a Dilthey-Fellow of the German Volkswagen Foundation. Before coming to Oslo I worked for a year and half as an Assistant Professor for Social and Economic History at Aarhus University.

Tags: History


(a) Books

The International Labour Organization. 100 years of Global Social Policy. DeGruyter, Berlin, ILO (to be published September 2019)

Decolonisation and Education. New Men and New polities. (ed. with Marcelo Caruso), Peter Lang, Bern (to be published fall 2019)

Human Rights, Development and Decolonization – The International Labour Organization (ILO) 1940-1970, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 2012

redigert og publisert på Spansk: Derechos Humanos, Desarollo y Descolonización - La Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT) 1940-1970, Plaza y Valdés 2017

Menschenrechte, Entwicklung und Dekolonisation – Die Internationale Arbeitsorganisation (IAO) 1940-1970, Klartext Verlag, Essen 2007

Von der Etsch bis an den Belt...? Die Deutsche Rechte und das Südtirolproblem 1919-1933
magi-e, forum historicum, vol. 8, München 2003, http://www.magi-e.historicum.net/reihe/magi-e_band_08.pdf


(b) Enkelte nyere artikler, bokbidrag:

Feeding the Enemy – The Quakers and American Relief to Germany 1919-1922 (with Laura Huth) in: ‘The Effects of World War I on the Christian Churches (1918-1925)’ (ed.Martin Baumeister, Michael Snape, Kristien Suenens) upcoming in 2020. 

Die Internationale Gewerkschaftsbewegung und die Gründung der ILO 1919, in:Stefan Berger, Wolfgang Jäger, Anja Kruke (ed.), Gewerkschaften in revolutionären Zeiten – Europa 1917 bis 1923, (Bochum: Klartext Verlag, will be published in fall 2019)  

100 Jahre Internationale Arbeitsorganisation, Vereinte Nationen 2 (2019), 63-68.

100 Years of the International Labour Organization, in Fortid, 1 (2019), 3-11.

(with Lucca Puddu and Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani), The International Labour Organization and Africa, in: Stefano Bellucci/Andreas Eckert, General Labour

History of Africa. Workers, Employers and Governments 20th and 21st Centuries, James Currey: Woodbridge 2019, 223-264.

The Rise of a Humanitarian Superpower. American NGOs and International Relief, 1917–1945. I: Internationalism, Imperialism and the Formation of the Contemporary World: The Pasts of the Present. Palgrave Macmillan 2017, 129-148.

The Politics of Neutrality – Quaker relief and the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939, European Review of History 2016 ;Volum 23.(1-2), 82-100. 

American Quakers, the emergence of International Humanitarianism and the foundation of the American Friends Service Committee 1890-1920, in: Johannes Paulmann (ed.), Dilemmas of Humanitarianism in the Twentieth Century, Oxford University Press spring 2016, 63-87. 

Humanitärer Aufbruch – Internationale Hilfe in der Zwischenkriegszeit, in: Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 66, 1 (2015), 46-60.

„Um exército silencioso de representantes“: As ONGs norte-americanas e o surgimento de mecanismos internacionais de ajuda humanitária (1917-1939), in: Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo/José Pedro Monteiro (eds.), Os passados do presente: Internacionalismo, imperialismo e a construção do mundo contemporâneo, Lisbon 2015. 

The ILO, Asia and the beginnings of Technical Assistance, 1945-1960, in: Jill Jensen/Nelson Lichtenstein (ed.), The ILO from Geneva to the Pacific Rim, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 110-134. 

David Morse, in: Bob Reinalda (ed.) IO BIO, Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations, www.ru.nl/fm/iobio, January 2013.

Silent army of representatives" - Amerikanische NGOs und die Entstehung internationaler Mechanismen humanitärer Hilfe 1917-1939 in: Christoph Meyer/Sönke Kunkel (eds.) Die Dezentrierung der Welt: Transnationale Dynamik und globale Rekonfigurationen, 1919-1939, Frankfurt am Main 2012.

Appell an das Gewissen der Völker - Fridtjof Nansen, der internationale Humanitarismus und die russische Hungerhilfe 1921-23, in: Themenportal Europäische Geschichte 2011. www.europa.clio-online.de/2011/Article=519

Wandel durch Integration - Afrikanische Dekolonisierung und Internationale Organisationen, in: Christoph Kalter und Annette Schuhmann (ed.) Dekolonisierung und postkoloniale Gesellschaften in Afrika - Perspektiven der Forschung. Unter Mitarbeit von Andrea Moritz und Michael Dunker, in: Zeitgeschichte-online, Juni 2010 (together with Martin Rempe)

International Organizations and the Globalization of Human Rights, in: Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman, Human Rights in the Twentieth Century: A Critical History, New York: Cambridge University Press 2011, 301-320

The Morse years 1948-1970, in: Jasmien van Daele/Marcel van der Linden/Magaly Rodriguez Garcia (Hg.), ILO Histories. Essays on the International Labour Organization and its Impact on the World During the Twentieth Century, Bern (inter alia).: Peter Lang 2010, 365-400

Help them move the ILO way – The International Labour Organization and the Modernization Discourse in the Era of Decolonization and the Cold War, in: Diplomatic History 3.33 (June 2009)

Internationale Organisationen als historische Akteure. Die ILO und die Auflösung der europäischen Kolonialreiche 1940-1970, in: Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 48 (2008), 21-53

A people’s peace in the colonies: Die International Labour Organization als Teil eines transnationalen Netzwerks zur Reform kolonialer Sozialpolitik 1940-1944, in: Berthold Unfried/Jürgen Mittag/Marcel van der Linden, Transnationale Netzwerke im 20. Jahrhundert. Historische Erkundungen zu Ideen und Praktiken, Individuen und Organisationen (= Tagungsberichte der International Conference of Labour and Social History 42), Wien 2008, 215-235

The International Labour Organization and the Struggle against Forced Labour from 1919 to the Present, in: Labor History, Vol. 48, No. 4, November 2007, 477-500

Der transnationale Blick. Die Internationale Arbeitsorganisation und die sozialpolitischen Krisen Europas im 20. Jahrhundert, in: Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 47 (2007), 349-371

  • Maul, Daniel (2017). The Rise of a Humanitarian Superpower. American NGOs and International Relief, 1917–1945, In Miguel Bandeira Jeronimo (ed.),  Internationalism, Imperialism and the Formation of the Contemporary World: The Pasts of the Present.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 3319606921.  chapter.  s 129 - 148
  • Maul, Daniel (2016). American Quakers, the Emergence of International Humanitarianism, and the Foundation of the American Friends Service Committee, 1890–1920, In Johannes Paulmann (ed.),  Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid in the Twentieth Century.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780198778974.  3.  s 63 - 87
  • Maul, Daniel (2016). The ILO, Asia and the Beginnings of Technical Assistance, 1945-60, In Nelson Lichtenstein & Jill Jensen (ed.),  The ILO from Geneva to the Pacific Rim. West meets East.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 9781137554734.  chapter 5.  s 110 - 133
  • Maul, Daniel (2016). The politics of neutrality: The American Friends Service Committee and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. European Review of History.  ISSN 1350-7486.  23(1-2), s 82- 100 . doi: 10.1080/13507486.2015.1121972
  • Maul, Daniel (2015). Humanitärer Aufbruch - Internationale Hilfe in der Zwischenkriegszeit.. Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht.  ISSN 0016-9056.  66(1/2), s 46- 60
  • Maul, Daniel (2015). "Um Exército de Representantes Silencioso": As ONGs Americanas e o Surgimento de Mecanismos Internacionais de Ajuda Humanitária (1917-1939), I: Miguel Bandeira Jeronimo (red.),  Os Passados do Presente. Internacionalismo, Imperialismo e a Construcao do Mundo Contemporaneo.  Livraria Almedina.  ISBN 9789724061627.  chapter 8.  s 211 - 233

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  • Maul, Daniel (2017). Derechos Humanos, Desarrollo y Descolonización. La Organización Internacional del Trabajo entre 1940 y 1970.. Plaza y Valdes.  ISBN 978-84-16032-91-4.  466 s.

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