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Comical Modernity

by Heidi Hakkarainen Berghahn Books (July 01, 2019)

Though long associated with a small group of coffeehouse elites around the turn of the twentieth century, Viennese “modernist” culture had roots that extended much earlier, and beyond the rarefied sphere...


German Division as Shared Experience

by Erica Carter, Jan Palmowski & Katrin Schreiter Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Despite the nearly three decades that have passed since Reunification, we still have little understanding of the ways in which the everyday experiences of Germans overlapped during forty years of political...


Encounters with Emotions

by Benno Gammerl, Philipp Nielsen & Margrit Pernau Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Spanning Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Encounters with Emotions investigates experiences of face-to-face transcultural encounters from the seventeenth century to the present and the emotional dynamics that...


The Configuration of the Spanish Public Sphere

by David Jiménez Torres & Leticia Villamediana González Berghahn Books (June 01, 2019)

Since the explosion of the indignados movement beginning in 2011, there has been a renewed interest in the concept of the “public sphere” in a Spanish context: how it relates to society and to political...


Names and Naming in Early Modern Germany

by Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer & Joel F. Harrington Berghahn Books (May 01, 2019)

Throughout the many political and social upheavals of the early modern era, names were words to conjure by, articulating significant historical trends and helping individuals and societies make sense of often...


Gendering Post-1945 German History

by Karen Hagemann, Donna Harsch & Friederike Brühöfener Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

For as much as "entanglement" has become a keyword in recent German history scholarship, entangled studies of the postwar era have largely limited their scope to politics and economics across the two Germanys...


Luso-Tropicalism and Its Discontents

by Warwick Anderson, Ricardo Roque & Ricardo Ventura Santos Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

Modern perceptions of race across much of the Global South are indebted to the Brazilian social scientist Gilberto Freyre, who in works such as The Masters and the Slaves claimed that Portuguese colonialism...


The Engaged Historian

by Stefan Berger Berghahn Books (April 01, 2019)

On the surface, historical scholarship might seem thoroughly incompatible with political engagement: the ideal historian, many imagine, is a disinterested observer focused exclusively on the past. In truth,...


Beyond the Border

by Tobias Haimin Wung-Sung Berghahn Books (March 01, 2019)

In the nineteenth century, the hotly disputed border region between Denmark and Germany was the focus of an intricate conflict that complicates questions of ethnic and national identity even today. Beyond the...


Rampart Nations

by Liliya Berezhnaya & Heidi Hein-Kircher Berghahn Books (February 01, 2019)

The “bulwark” or antemurale myth—whereby a region is imagined as a defensive barrier against a dangerous Other—has been a persistent strand in the development of Eastern European nationalisms. While...


Concentrationary Art

by Griselda Pollock & Max Silverman Berghahn Books (February 01, 2019)

Largely forgotten over the years, the seminal work of Jean Cayrol has experienced a revival in the French-speaking world since his death in 2005. His ideas on concentrationary art proved to be a major influence...


The Indoctrination of the Wehrmacht

by Bryce Sait Berghahn Books (February 01, 2019)

Far from the image of an apolitical, “clean” Wehrmacht that persists in popular memory, German soldiers regularly cooperated with organizations like the SS in the abuse and murder of countless individuals...


Contemplating Historical Consciousness

by Anna Clark & Carla L. Peck Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

The last several decades have witnessed an explosion of new empirical research into representations of the past and the conditions of their production, prompting claims that we have entered a new era in which...


Law, History, and Justice

by Annette Weinke Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

Since the nineteenth century, the development of international humanitarian law has been marked by complex entanglements of legal theory, historical trauma, criminal prosecution, historiography, and politics....


Germany and the Middle East

by Rolf Steininger Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

For over a century, the Middle East has weathered seemingly endless conflicts, ensnaring political players from around the world. And perhaps no nation has displayed a greater range of policies toward, and...


Humanitarianism and Media

by Johannes Paulmann Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

For as long as humanitarianism has been understood as a distinct human endeavor, mass media have helped to shape its forms, strategies, and contexts, whether mobilizing public sentiment over suffering in distant...


Dreams of Germany

by Neil Gregor & Thomas Irvine Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

For many centuries, Germany has enjoyed a reputation as ‘land of music’. But just how was this reputation established and transformed over time, and to what extent was it produced within or outside of Germany?...


Conceptualizng the World

by Helge Jordheim & Erling Sandmo Berghahn Books (December 01, 2018)

What is—and what was—“the world”? Though often conceived of as interchangeable with the ongoing and inexorable progress of globalization, metaphors of “world,” “globe,” or “earth” instead...


The Man Who ''Invented'' The Aztec Crystal Skulls

by Jane MacLaren Walsh & Brett Topping Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

Eugène Boban began life in humble circumstances in Paris, traveled to the California Gold Rush, and later became a recognized authority on pre-Columbian cultures.  He also invented an entire category of archaeological...


The CSCE and the End of the Cold War

by Nicolas Badalassi & Sarah B. Snyder Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

Since its inception, the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe has faced controversy. Today it is widely regarded as a contributing factor in the end of the Cold War, with some observers even claiming...


From Weimar to Hitler

by Hermann Beck & Larry Eugene Jones Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

Though often depicted as a rapid political transformation, the Nazi seizure of power was in fact a slow process, beginning with the appointment of the Papen cabinet in the early summer of 1932 and extending...


German Histories and Pacific Histories

by Hartmut Berghoff, Frank Biess & Ulrike Strasser Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

Traditionally, Germany has been considered a minor player in Pacific history before World War II: its trade there was more limited than that of other nations, and whereas its European rivals established themselves...


Embers of Empire

by Paul Miller & Claire Morelon Berghahn Books (November 01, 2018)

The end of World War I and the collapse of the Habsburg Monarchy marked a period of radical change for East-Central European political structures and national identities. Yet after the dust had cleared, this...


The Art of Resistance

by Allyson Fiddler Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

Well before the far-right resurgence that has most recently transformed European politics, Austria’s 1999 parliamentary elections surprised the world with the unexpected success of the Freedom Party of Austria...


The Decisionist Imagination

by Daniel Bessner & Nicolas Guilhot Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

In the decades following World War II, the science of decision-making moved from the periphery to the center of transatlantic political theory, as part of the broader mobilization of social science during the...


The Politics of Authenticity

by Joachim C. Häberlen, Mark Keck-Szajbel & Kate Mahoney Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

Following the convulsions of 1968, one element uniting many of the disparate social movements that arose across Europe was the pursuit of an elusive “authenticity” that could help activists to understand...


Polish Cinema: A History

by Marek Haltof Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

First published in 2002, Marek Haltof’s seminal volume was the first comprehensive English-language study of Polish cinema, providing a much-needed survey of one of Europe’s most distinguished—yet unjustly...


Changes in the Air

by Eleonora Rohland Berghahn Books (October 01, 2018)

Hurricanes have been a constant in the history of New Orleans. Since before its settlement as a French colony in the eighteenth century, the land entwined between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River...


Divided History

by Frank Bösch Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

By and large, the histories of East and West Germany have been studied in relative isolation. And yet, for all their differences, the historical trajectories of both nations were interrelated in complex ways,...


Gulag Memories

by Zuzanna Bogumił Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

Though the institution of the Gulag was nominally closed over half a decade ago, it lives on as an often hotly contested site of memory in the post-socialist era. This ethnographic study takes a holistic, comprehensive...


Ice and Snow in the Cold War

by Julia Herzberg, Christian Kehrt & Franziska Torma Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

The history of the Cold War has focused overwhelmingly on statecraft and military power, an approach that has naturally placed Moscow and Washington center stage. Meanwhile, regions such as Alaska, the polar...


Screened Encounters

by Caroline Moine Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

Established in 1955, the Leipzig Film Festival’s location in the German Democratic Republic deeply implicated it in cultural and political competition between East and West Germany, opening a political and...


Medicinal Rule

by Koen Stroeken Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

As soon as Europeans set foot on African soil, they looked for the equivalents of their kings – and found them. The resulting misunderstandings last until this day. Based on ethnography-driven regional comparison...


What is Work?

by Raffaella Sarti, Anna Bellavitis & Manuela Martini Berghahn Books (September 01, 2018)

Every society throughout history has defined what counts as work and what doesn't. And more often than not, those lines of demarcation are inextricable from considerations of gender. What Is Work? offers a...


Carnage and Care on the Eastern Front

by Peter C. Appelbaum Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

For nearly all of the Great War, the Jewish doctor Bernhard Bardach served with the Austro-Hungarian army in present-day Ukraine. His diaries from that period, unpublished and largely overlooked until now,...


All or None

by Alison Sánchez Hall Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

At once a social history and anthropological study of the world’s oldest voluntary collective farms, All or None is a story of how landless laborers joined together in Ravenna, Italy to acquire land, sometimes...


Nation Branding in Modern History

by Carolin Viktorin, Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, Annika Estner & Marcel K. Will Berghahn Books (August 01, 2018)

A relatively recent coinage within international relations, “nation branding” designates the process of highlighting a country’s positive characteristics for promotional purposes, using techniques similar...


Empathy and History

by Tyson Retz Berghahn Books (July 01, 2018)

Since empathy first emerged as an object of inquiry within British history education in the early 1970s, scholars have produced a rich literature concerning the concept's influence on the teaching and learning...


The Ethos of History

by Stefan Helgesson & Jayne Svenungsson Berghahn Books (June 19, 2018)

At a time when rapidly evolving technologies, political turmoil, and the tensions inherent in multiculturalism and globalization are reshaping historical consciousness, what is the proper role for historians...


Democracy in Modern Europe

by Jussi Kurunmäki, Jeppe Nevers & Henk te Velde Berghahn Books (June 19, 2018)

As one of the most influential ideas in modern European history, democracy has fundamentally reshaped not only the landscape of governance, but also social and political thought throughout the world. Democracy...


History and Belonging

by Stefan Berger & Caner Tekin Berghahn Books (June 13, 2018)

In cultural and intellectual terms, one of the EU's most important objectives in pursuing unification has been to develop a common historical narrative of Europe. Across ten compelling case studies, this volume...


Frontiers of Civil Society

by Marek Mikuš Berghahn Books (June 13, 2018)

In Serbia, as elsewhere in postsocialist Europe, the rise of 'civil society' was expected to support a smooth transformation to Western models of liberal democracy and capitalism. More than twenty years after...


Memorializing the GDR

by Anna Saunders Berghahn Books (May 23, 2018)

Since unification, eastern Germany has witnessed a rapidly changing memorial landscape, as the fate of former socialist monuments has been hotly debated and new commemorative projects have met with fierce controversy....


Taking on Technocracy

by Dolores L. Augustine Berghahn Books (May 01, 2018)

The German abandonment of nuclear power represents one of the most successful popular revolts against technocratic thinking in modern times—the triumph of a dynamic social movement, encompassing a broad swath...


Oil and Sovereignty

by Rüdiger Graf Berghahn Books (April 01, 2018)

In the decades that followed World War II, cheap and plentiful oil helped to fuel rapid economic growth, ensure political stability, and reinforce the legitimacy of liberal democracies. Yet waves of price increases...


The Virago Story

by Catherine Riley Berghahn Books (April 01, 2018)

The 1970s witnessed a renaissance in women's print culture, as feminist presses and bookshops sprang up in the wake of the second-wave women's movement. At four decades' remove from that heady era, however,...


A Creole Nation

by Christoph Kohl Berghahn Books (April 01, 2018)

Despite high degrees of cultural and ethnic diversity as well as prevailing political instability, Guinea-Bissau's population has developed a strong sense of national belonging. By examining both contemporary...


Managing Northern Europe's Forests

by K. Jan Oosthoek & Richard Hölzl Berghahn Books (February 19, 2018)

Northern Europe was, by many accounts, the birthplace of much of modern forestry practice, and for hundreds of years the region's woodlands have played an outsize role in international relations, economic growth,...


A Living Past

by John Soluri, Claudia Leal & José Augusto Pádua Berghahn Books (February 15, 2018)

Though still a relatively young field, the study of Latin American environmental history is no longer in its infancy, as the contributions to this definitive volume demonstrate. Bringing together thirteen leading...


Nazism, the Holocaust, and the Middle East

by Francis R. Nicosia & Bogaç A. Ergene Berghahn Books (January 15, 2018)

Given their geographical separation from Europe, ethno-religious and cultural diversity, and subordinate status within the Nazi racial hierarchy, Middle Eastern societies were both hospitable as well as hostile...