Richard Bessel completed his doctoral research at Oxford University in 1980. He first taught at the University of Southampton, before moving to the Open University. In 1998 he was appointed to the Chair of Twentieth Century History at the University of York. He has held visiting fellowships and professorships at the universities of Bielefeld and Freiburg, and at the Max Planck Institute for History in Goettingen, the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, and the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies. Dorothee Wierling studied history and English literature at the University of Bochum. She received her Ph.D. in history in 1987 from the University of Essen and her Habilitation from the University of Potsdam in 2000. She has held several fellowships and visiting professorships in Germany, the USA, and Israel. Her work focuses on German social history, oral history, and the history of gender and generations in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.