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Prof Jonathan Osmond 


Jonathan Osmond (2011) German art collections and exhibits since 1989: the legacy of the GDR. German Monitor No 74. pp 215-36.

Abstract -An analysis of how the reconfiguration of museum art collections and a range of major art exhibitions reflect cultural priorities within the enlarged Federal Republic since unification. In particular, there is discussion of the ways in which the art of the GDR has been received, rejected or represented.

For more information: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/rodopi/germ/2011/00000074/00000001/art00013


Osmond, Jonathan Paul 2010. Identities and roles: the self portraits of Lovis Corinth. In: Isaacs, Katherine Ann ed. Citizenships and identities: inclusion, exclusion, participation, Pisa University Press, pp. 71-76.

Abstract - The prolific self portraiture of the German artist Lovis Corinth (1858-1925) is used to explore the ways in which a creative individual provides insight into shifting human identities. Themes emerge about sexuality and gender relations, the processes of sickness and ageing, and about political and social discourses during Corinth’s lifetime.

For more information: http://www.cliohres.net/books5/books.php?book=7


Ausma Cimdina and Jonathan Osmond (2006) Power and Culture: Hegemony, Interaction and Dissent. Edizioni Plus – Pisa University Press.

Abstract - A collection of essays deriving from the EU-funded CLIOHRES.net project. It includes an essay by Jonathan Osmond: ‘Visual culture and state power: Socialist Realist painting in the German Democratic Republic’, pp. 161-174.


Jonathan Osmond (2006) Politische Symbolik in der deutschen Kunst. Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte. No 20. pp 22-30.

Abstract - An analysis of how symbolic motifs have been used for political purposes in German art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The three areas explored in detail are: woods and trees; knights in armour; and the swastika.


Patrick Major and Jonathan Osmond (2002) The Workers’ and Peasants’ State: Communism and Society in East Germany under Ulbricht 1945-71. Manchester University Press.

Abstract - A collection of essays deriving from a conference held in Cardiff in 1999, funded by the German History Society. The authors, all experts on the German Democratic Republic, present recent research on the politics, society and culture of the Soviet Occupation Zone and early GDR. Included is an essay by Jonathan Osmond: ‘From Junker estate to co-operative farm: East German agrarian society 1945‑61’, pp. 130-50.


Jonathan Osmond (1993) Rural Protest in the Weimar Republic: The Free Peasantry in the Rhineland and Bavaria. Macmillan and St Martin’s Press.

Abstract - The study of a campaigning peasant organisation of the 1920s, which had its main base in the Bavarian Palatinate, but was also active in other parts of the Rhineland and Bavaria. In 1923 its leader became separatist president of the Palatinate and was assassinated in 1924. The fortunes of the organisation are set against the turbulence of inflation, agricultural depression, local politics and the rise of National Socialism.