Prof. em. Dr phil.
University Professor (Emeritus), Universität Hamburg
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Rainer Tetzlaff studied German language, philosophy, history and political science at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin). In 1968 he received his doctorate in history from FU Berlin and then went on to join the university’s Otto-Suhr-Institut. From 1970 to 1974 he worked as lecturer at FU Berlin where he also did his habilitation in political science (1978). Until he retired in 2006 he was a professor at Universität Hamburg. Research led him to the Unversity of Zambia in Lasaka, the Worldbank as well as to several African countries such as Ethopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Furthermore he was guest professor at University Konstanz and Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. In 2008 he was appointed Wisdom Professor of African and Development Studies at the Jacobs University Bremen. His research focuses inter alia on Colonial History and History of Africa, Political development of African states, international relations, development policy of World Bank, IMF and of the EU and the history of the process of European integration.