Dr. Jürgen Finger, Paris

Welcome to my Homepage! You will find information about my work as a researcher of contemporary history, about my books, papers and projects.


The column on the right hand side contains my contact data and links to scholarly databases and social networks, as well as to my CV and publication list.



For more information on my profile as a scholar ... and for my CV ...


Paper "Elite Mobility and Capitalism": Historical Perspectives in Belle Epoque France"

Summer University „Migration à Paris au 19e et 20e siècles“. Franco-German study programm History/Cursus franco-allemand Histoire, Bielefeld/Paris VII, Paris 7.9.2017.



Paper "'où toutes les fantaisies sont permises'. The Moral Economy of grey and black capital markets in Paris (1870-1914/18)"

Colloquium, Chair for European history of the 19th century (B. Aschmann), HU Berlin 4.12.2017.



News Archive (German)... 




My doctoral theses has been published in early 2016:

"Self-will in a Unitary State?

Nazi education policy in Baden, Württemberg and in Alsace 1933-1945"

For more Information .... 



Paper "Entrepreneur Biographies as Microhistories of X," in: Immigrant Entrepreneurship: The German-American Experience since 1700, eds. Hartmut Berghoff/Uwe Spiekermann, Bulletin of the German Historical Institute- Supplements, Washington D.C. 2016, p. 19-36.


Paper "Spekulation für Jedermann und Jedefrau. Kleinanleger, Frauen und der graue Kapitalmarkt in Paris in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts," in: Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 56 (2016), p. 139–168.

Academic teaching

HERE you will find a list of courses I taught in Munich and Augsburg ...


If you want to know who you are doing business with, you will find some interviews, audio recordings and information on news coverage HERE (mostly German). 

Current project: Moral Economy of French capitalism in the Belle Epoque 1880-1914/18

This project has received funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with ressources of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Union‘s Marie Curie Actions (grant no 605728 under FP7-PEOPLE-2013-COFUND)

Moral economy is the historically and culturally founded setting of behavioural codes and values, of legal codifications and social conventions framing the economic sphere. It reflects the expectations of society or of relevant social groups towards economic action – irrespective of its scale and scope. It covers everyday business transactions just as social processes and structures. But moral economy does not only develop from discourses but also from agency, from the interaction of the market participants. Therefore, moral economy is not regressive utopia but a container for diverse morals specific to an epoch and depending on social group, type of activity and situation. Both dimensions have to be historicized: the ways of talking about economy and the economic activity itself. Theses premises frame the research project. 


The moral economy of Belle Époque France is to be analysed exemplarily by means of four cases of study. First, the fierce discussion on the vie chère, on the heavy increase in prices will allow to cover the classic problems of subsistence and of a just price. In a second step, the perspective will be widened in order to study everyday transactions with goods and food products in Paris: Because of the local and social proximity, traditional codes of conduct possibly persisted as the transactions were completed face to face. But the transformation of markets raised pressure on traditional norms. A third case study will approach the problem of codes and expectations by making a detour, by analysing the failure and personal crisis of the “respectable merchant”, his insolvency and bankruptcy. Finally, financial capitalism and its practices will appear on stage. The fourth case study will especially pay attention to the appropriation and adaption of these practices by small investors and savers. Their desire to participate in the profits of capitalism is in stark contrast to the bad reputation of speculation and of the person of the “speculator”. This part of the project will focus on the limits and the twilight zones of the financial centre of Paris (the kerb market, the futures market and fraudulent banks).


Poster via Researchgate doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.3326.4405

News on the "Moral Economy"-project in my Blog: moraleconomy.hypotheses.org (ISSN 2364-5415)