Dr. Philipp Reick | Forscher Fellow

Ehemaliges Mitglied
Staat, Recht und politischer Konflikt
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
E-Mail: philipp.reick  ( at )  cmb.hu-berlin.de Tel: +49(0) 30 / 20 93 70700 or 70707

Position : Fellow | Fachbereich : Geschichte |


10/2019-03/2020: Fellow am Centre Marc Bloch

10/2015-09/2019: Martin Buber Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

02/2018-07/2018: Visiting Fellow am Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin

08/2015: Dr. phil. in Moderner Geschichte, FU Berlin

08/2013-11/2013: Visiting Scholar am CUNY Graduate Center, New York City

10/2011-09/2015: Graduate School of North American Studies, FU Berlin

04/2004-06/2011: Magisterstudieum Geschichte und Politikwissenschaften an den Universitäten Potsdam, Manchester und der UC Berkeley


Labor History, Urban History, History of Social Movements

Titel der Dissertation

Labor is not a commodity! The movement to shorten the workday in late nineteenth-century Berlin and New York

Organisation von Veranstaltungen

  • “Struggles for the city: Toward a history of urban social movements” (co-organizer), panel accepted for the upcoming European Association of Urban History (EAUH) 2020 Conference, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
  • “Lived, contested, and adapted modernities: Re-evaluating Bauhaus 100 years after” (organized together with Dr. David Kertai), in ccoperation with the Centre Marc Bloch, 15–16 May 2019, financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • “Organized labor, the city, and the grassroots: An international workshop on the history of urban social movements,” 27–28 January 2019, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
  • “The length of the workday, notions of time, and struggles for leisure from the pre-industrial to the post-industrial era: Methods, concepts, challenges” (co-organizer), panel at the European Labour History Network (ELHN), 2 November 2017, Paris, France.


Vorträge (Auswahl)

  • “Center and periphery: Why workers in nineteenth-century Germany opposed decentralization,” Organized Labor, the City, and the Grassroots: An International Workshop on the History of Urban Social Movements, 27 January 2019, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
  • “Was there gentrification prior to the post-industrial era? A historical comment on the discovery of urban living,” European Association for Urban History (EAUH), 30 September 2018, Rome, Italy.
  • “We don’t want to move! Working-class notions of urban belonging in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century,” European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), 5 April 2018, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • “Why did German labor struggle for shorter hours? A diachronic comparison of trade union discourse in the late 19th century and the 1950s to 1970s,” European Labour History Network (ELHN), 2 November 2017, Paris, France.
  • “The roots of displacement: Some reflections on historical neighborhood change,” European Sociological Association (ESA), Research Network 37: Urban Sociology mid-term conference, 1 July 2016, Krakow, Poland.
  • “The double movement at work: Karl Polanyi and the international struggle for an eight-hour workday in the late nineteenth century,” 5th Annual Seminar of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, 9 April 2013, Bielefeld, Germany.
  • “A neo-Polanyian history of capitalism: The contested commodification of labor in late nineteenth-century Berlin and New York City,” 37th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA), 2 November 2012, Vancouver, Canada.
  • “The rise of the market: Everyday resistance to the commodification of labour in late nineteenth-century Berlin and New York City,” Workshop: The Methodology of the Everyday in International Political Economy, 29 May 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • “The commodification of labour, the logics of inequality, and social movements in late nineteenth-century Berlin,” Workshop: Rethinking Inequality in Historical Perspective, 23 May 2012, Manchester, Great Britain.

The Building Guilds of Interwar Europe: A Transnational History of Producer Cooperatives

In the aftermath of the First World War, European cities witnessed a massive expansion of producer cooperatives in the building sector. These cooperatives aimed to not only improve urban housing, but also democratize the construction industries and society more broadly. Local cooperatives quickly merged into large national associations that promoted models of collective decision-making and shared ownership. By the early 1920s, pan-European federations had started to distribute information and organize exchange between construction cooperatives that stretched the entire continent. Despite their rapid growth and initial success, however, the construction cooperatives of interwar Europe have been virtually forgotten. This research project offers the first comprehensive analysis of this transnational movement



Labor is not a commodity! The movement to shorten the workday in late nineteenth-century Berlin and New York (Frankfurt and New York: Campus, 2016).

Artikel (peer reviewed)

  • “Why did organized labor struggle for shorter hours? A diachronic comparison of trade union discourse in Germany,” Labor History 60, 3 (2019): 250–267, https://doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2019.1537025.
  • “Desire or displacement? Working-class notions of urban belonging in late-nineteenth-century Germany,” Journal of Urban History 45/6 (2019): 1193-1211, https://doi.org/10.1177/0096144218792503.
  • “Gentrification 1.0: Urban transformations in late-nineteenth-century Berlin,” Urban Studies 55, 11 (2018): 2542–2558, https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098017721628.
  • “And protect us from the market! Organized labor and the demand to shorten the workday of women in the 1860s and 1870s,” InterDisciplines: Journal of History and Sociology 1 (2015): 7–28, https://doi.org/10.4119/indi-1004.
  • “A Poor People’s Movement? Erwerbslosenproteste in Berlin und New York in den frühen 1930er Jahren,” JahrBuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 14, 1 (2015): 20–36, http://www.arbeiterbewegung-jahrbuch.de/?p=415.

Andere Artikel und Buchbeiträge

  • “Shorter hours! The first transnational movement of the working class,” The Routledge History of the Working Class in the West (Routledge, forthcoming).
  • “If that is socialism, we won’t help its advent! The impact of Edward Bellamy’s utopian novel ‘Looking Backward’ on socialist thought in late-nineteenth-century Western Europe,” Socialist imaginations: Utopias, myths, and the masses, eds. Stefan Arvidsson, Anja Kirsch, and Jakub Beneš (London: Routledge, 2018), 93–116, https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315083759/chapters/10.4324/9781315083759-5.
  • “On the bias of Big Data: A response to Malte Rehbein,” H-Soz-Kult, 10 December 2015, http://www.hsozkult.de/debate/id/diskussionen-2921.
  • “We are the 99%! Zum Selbstbild der deutschen und amerikanischen Arbeiterbewegung in der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts,” Nebulosa: Figuren des Sozialen 6 (2014): 89–98.


  • Christine Ro, “The double-edged sword of the shorter workweek” (Interviewee), BBC, 16 August 2019, https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20190815-the-double-edged-sword-of-the-shorter-workweek.
  • “The history of the eight-hour workday” (Podcast), Research Bytes, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows Podcast Series, 30 December 2018, https://buberfellows.podbean.com/e/time-and-again-the-contested-history-of-working-hours/.
  • “Die Ira Steward Papers der Wisconsin Historical Society: Eine vergessene Stimme der amerikanischen Bewegung zur Verkürzung der Arbeitszeit,” Mitteilungen des Förderkreises Archive und Bibliotheken zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 51 (2016): 17–20.
  • “US Labor Archives: Unbekanntes Terrain für die europäische Forschung?” JahrBuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 14, 1 (2015): 140–43.
  • “Die Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives – Gedächtnis der Arbeiterparteien und sozialen Bewegungen der USA,” Mitteilungen des Förderkreises Archive und Bibliotheken zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 48 (2015): 18-25.

Rezensionen (Auswahl)

  • Sandra Maß, Kinderstube des Kapitalismus? Monetäre Erziehung im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert, Werkstatt Geschichte 80 (2019): 127–129, https://werkstattgeschichte.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WG80_127-129_Maa%C3%9F_Kinderstube.pdf.
  • Katrina Navickas, Protest and the politics of space and place, 1789–1848, H-Soz-Kult, 21 June 2018, https://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-28673.
  • Andreas Eckert (ed.), Global histories of work, Arbeit – Bewegung – Geschichte: Zeitschrift für Historische Studien 1 (2018): 160–163.
  • Alexia M. Yates, Selling Paris: Property and commercial culture in the fin-de-siècle capital, H-Net Reviews, April 2017, http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=48711.
  • Rudolf Stumberger, Das kommunistische Amerika: Auf den Spuren utopischer Kommunen in den USA, JahrBuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 16, 1 (2017): 155/156.
  • Michael Schäfer, Eine andere Industrialisierung: Die Transformation der sächsischen Textilexportgewerbe 1790–1890, Sehepunkte 16 (2016), http://www.sehepunkte.de/2016/10/28924.html.
  • Michael Brie, Polanyi neu entdecken: Das hellblaue Bändchen zu einem möglichen Dialog von Nancy Fraser und Karl Polanyi, Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 56 (2016), http://www.fes.de/cgi-bin/afs.cgi?id=81678.