For a list of my major publications, click on the Publications tab
For additional information about my teaching and research, please go to my research and teaching website: at https://friedrichs.arts.ubc.ca
My current major area of research concerns social networks and patterns of acculturation among German Jews of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I recently published an annotated edition of the diary of a young Jewish bank apprentice in Dresden from the years 1833 to 1837 (see listing under Publications). I am now studying the family and household structure of the Jewish community of Dresden in the early nineteenth century. A later project will involve the Jewish community of Bernburg (Anhalt) in the mid-nineteenth century.
In addition, I am currently engaged in a research project on house-razing as an extension of punishment for serious crimes in early modern Europe. Papers presenting some of my preliminary findings have been presented at a number of conferences.
After many years devoted chiefly to working on the social and political history of cities in early modern Germany and Europe, in 2003-2004 I undertook a comparative study of urban political cultures in early modern Europe and Asia. In connection with this project I was awarded a Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute faculty training grant to spend three months in India during the fall of 2003. From February to June 2004 I continued my work on this project as a Visiting Fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. Two papers based on this research have been published and are listed under Publications.
Publisher's description: "This impressive survey of the early modern city from 1450 to 1750 launches the new History of Urban Society in Europe series in fine style. Christopher Friedrichs' uniquely comprehensive overview is the first attempt to cover the urban society of early modern Europe as a unified whole. He challenges the usual emphasis on regional and national diversity, stressing instead the extent to which cities all over Europe...
I have now retired from teaching in the Department of History. In recent years I taught History 102 (World History from 1500 to the Twentieth Century), History 103 (World History since 1900, formerly History 125), History 220 (History of Europe, formerly History 120), History 436 (European Social History, formerly History 316), History 366 (Europe during the Reformation, formerly History 413), History 368 (Europe in the Nineteenth Century), History 369 (Europe, 1900-1950, formerly History 462), History 490 (Seminar for History Majors) and numerous Honours and graduate courses.
Like all university teachers, I was always concerned that students should understand the importance of giving credit for insights and information they draw on in constructing and defending their own arguments. To see my personal guide to correct footnoting (Footnotes: A Guide for the Perplexed), go to my Web Site (www.history.ubc.ca/faculty/friedrichs) and click on "Footnote Guide."
I have supervised master's theses and doctoral dissertations on various aspects of European history, including German social and urban history (especially prior to 1900), German Jewish history, and early modern British social history. However, since I have retired, I no longer take new doctoral or master's students.
Princeton University, Ph.D., 1974.
Princeton University, M.A., 1970.
Columbia University, A.B., 1968.
University of British Columbia:
Professor Emeritus of History, 2018--.
Professor of History, 1996–2018.
Associate Professor of History, 1978-96.
Assistant Professor of History, 1973-78.
Universität Konstanz: Gastprofessor (Visiting Professor), July 2004.
Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University: Visiting Fellow, Spring 2004.
Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte, Göttingen: Stipendiat (Visiting Member), July 2002.
Universität Augsburg: Gastprofessor (Visiting Professor), Summer 1995.
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.: Member, School of Historical Studies, 1986-87.