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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...


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...


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...


Re-Imagining DEFA

by Séan Allan & Sebastian Heiduschke Berghahn Books (September 01, 2016)

By the time the Berlin Wall collapsed, the cinema of the German Democratic Republic—to the extent it was considered at all—was widely regarded as a footnote to European film history, with little of enduring...


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...


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?...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


Protest in Hitler's â??National Communityâ?

by Nathan Stoltzfus & Birgit Maier-Katkin Berghahn Books (December 01, 2015)

That Hitler's Gestapo harshly suppressed any signs of opposition inside the Third Reich is a common misconception. This book presents studies of public dissent that prove this was not always the case. It examines...


Final Sale in Berlin

by Christoph Kreutzmüller Berghahn Books (August 01, 2015)

Before the Nazis took power, Jewish businesspeople in Berlin thrived alongside their non-Jewish neighbors. But Nazi racism changed that, gradually destroying Jewish businesses before murdering the Jews themselves....


Mass Media and Historical Change

by Frank Bösch Berghahn Books (May 01, 2015)

Media influenced politics, culture, and everyday life long before the invention of the Internet. This book shows how the advent of new media has changed societies in modern history, focusing not on the specifics...


The Nuclear Crisis

by Christoph Becker-Schaum, Philipp Gassert, Martin Klimke & Wilfried Mausbach Berghahn Books (October 01, 2016)

In 1983, more than one million Germans joined together to protest NATO's deployment of nuclear missiles in Europe. International media overflowed with images of marches, rallies, and human chains as protesters...


Cultural Topographies of the New Berlin

by Karin Bauer & Jennifer Ruth Hosek Berghahn Books (November 01, 2017)

Since Unification and the end of the Cold War, Berlin has witnessed a series of uncommonly intense social, political, and cultural transformations. While positioning itself as a creative center populated by...


Visitors to the House of Memory

by Victoria Bishop Kendzia Berghahn Books (December 15, 2017)

As one of the most visited museums in Germany's capital city, the Jewish Museum Berlin is a key site for understanding not only German-Jewish history, but also German identity in an era of unprecedented ethnic...


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....


The Ethics of Seeing

by Jennifer Evans, Paul Betts & Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann Berghahn Books (January 09, 2018)

Throughout Germany's tumultuous twentieth century, photography was an indispensable form of documentation. Whether acting as artists, witnesses, or reformers, both professional and amateur photographers chronicled...


Money in the German-speaking Lands

by Mary Lindemann & Jared Poley Berghahn Books (August 01, 2017)

Money is more than just a medium of financial exchange: across time and place, it has performed all sorts of cultural, political, and social functions. This volume traces money in German-speaking Europe from...


Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective

by Michael Meng & Adam R. Seipp Berghahn Books (October 01, 2017)

Bringing together incisive contributions from an international group of colleagues and former students, Modern Germany in Transatlantic Perspective takes stock of the field of German history as exemplified...


Space and Spatiality in Modern German-Jewish History

by Simone Lässig & Miriam Rürup Berghahn Books (June 01, 2017)

What makes a space Jewish? This wide-ranging volume revisits literal as well as metaphorical spaces in modern German history to examine the ways in which Jewishness has been attributed to them both within and...


Ruptures in the Everyday

by Andrew Stuart Bergerson, Leonard Schmieding & Atg26 Berghahn Books (July 01, 2017)

During the twentieth century, Germans experienced a long series of major and often violent disruptions in their everyday lives. Such chronic instability and precipitous change made it difficult for them to...


Compensation in Practice

by Constantin Goschler Berghahn Books (September 01, 2017)

Founded in 2000, the German Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" is one of the largest transitional justice initiatives in history: in cooperation with its international partner organizations,...


The Participants

by Hans-Christian Jasch & Christoph Kreutzmüller Berghahn Books (September 30, 2017)

On January 20, 1942, fifteen senior German government officials attended a short meeting in Berlin to discuss the deportation and murder of the Jews of Nazi-occupied Europe. Despite lasting only a few hours,...


The Persistence of Race

by Lara Day & Oliver Haag Berghahn Books (October 01, 2017)

Race in 20th-century German history is an inescapable topic, one that has been defined overwhelmingly by the narratives of degeneracy that prefigured the Nuremberg Laws and death camps of the Third Reich. As...


The Devil's Wheels: Men and Motorcycling in the Weimar Republic

by Sasha Disko Berghahn Books (August 01, 2016)

During the high days of modernization fever, among the many disorienting changes Germans experienced in the Weimar Republic was an unprecedented mingling of consumption and identity: increasingly, what one...


Framing the Fifties: Cinema in a Divided Germany

by John Davidson & Sabine Hake Berghahn Books (July 01, 2007)

The demise of the New German Cinema and the return of popular cinema since the 1990s have led to a renewed interest in the postwar years and the complicated relationship between East and West German cinema...


Hitler's Plans for Global Domination: Nazi Architecture and Ultimate War Aims

by Jochen Thies Berghahn Books (August 01, 2012)

What did Hitler really want to achieve: world domination. In the early twenties, Hitler was working on this plan and from 1933 on, was working to make it a reality. During 1940 and 1941, he believed he was...


Nature of the Miracle Years: Conservation in West Germany, 1945-1975

by Sandra Chaney Berghahn Books (May 01, 2008)

After 1945, those responsible for conservation in Germany resumed their work with a relatively high degree of continuity as far as laws and personnel were concerned. Yet conservationists soon found they had...


The Law in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Opportunism, and the Perversion of Justice

by Alan E. Steinweis & Robert D. Rachlin Berghahn Books (March 01, 2013)

While we often tend to think of the Third Reich as a zone of lawlessness, the Nazi dictatorship and its policies of persecution rested on a legal foundation set in place and maintained by judges, lawyers, and...


From the Bonn to the Berlin Republic: Germany at the Twentieth Anniversary of Unification

by Jeffrey Anderson & Eric Langenbacher Berghahn Books (November 01, 2010)

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West Germany in 1989/90 were events of world-historical significance. The twentieth anniversary of this juncture represents an excellent opportunity...


Two Lives in Uncertain Times: Facing the Challenges of the 20th Century as Scholars and Citizens

by Wilma Iggers & Georg Iggers Berghahn Books (October 01, 2006)

Published in Association with the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

Wilma and Georg Iggers came from different backgrounds, Wilma from a Jewish farming family from the German-speaking border area...


The Absent Jews

by Cordelia Hess Berghahn Books (May 01, 2017)

For nearly a century, it has been a commonplace of Central European history that there were no Jews in medieval Prussia-the result, supposedly, of the ruling Teutonic Order's attempts to create a purely Christian...


Archaeologies of Confession

by Carina L. Johnson, David M. Luebke, Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer & Jesse Spohnholz Berghahn Books (May 01, 2017)

Modern religious identities are rooted in collective memories that are constantly made and remade across generations. How do these mutations of memory distort our picture of historical change and the ways that...


Reluctant Skeptic

by Harry T. Craver Berghahn Books (February 01, 2017)

The journalist and critic Siegfried Kracauer is best remembered today for his investigations of film and other popular media, and for his seminal influence on Frankfurt School thinkers like Theodor Adorno....


Different Germans, Many Germanies

by Konrad H. Jarausch, Harald Wenzel & Karin Goihl Berghahn Books (December 01, 2016)

As much as any other nation, Germany has long been understood in terms of totalizing narratives. For Anglo-American observers in particular, the legacies of two world wars still powerfully define twentieth-century...


Lobbying Hitler

by Matt Bera Berghahn Books (January 01, 2016)

From 1933 onward, Nazi Germany undertook massive and unprecedented industrial integration, submitting an entire economic sector to direct state oversight. This innovative study explores how German professionals...


State and Minorities in Communist East Germany

by Mike Dennis & Norman Laporte Berghahn Books (August 01, 2011)

Based on interviews and the voluminous materials in the archives of the SED, the Stasi and central and regional authorities, this volume focuses on several contrasting minorities (Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews,...


Raising Citizens in the 'Century of the Child'

by Dirk Schumann Berghahn Books (September 01, 2010)

The 20th century, declared at its start to be the "Century of the Child" by Swedish author Ellen Key, saw an unprecedented expansion of state activity in and expert knowledge on child-rearing on both sides...


The Fateful Alliance

by Hermann Beck Berghahn Books (April 01, 2008)

On 30 January 1933, Alfred Hugenberg's conservative German National People's Party (DNVP) formed a coalition government with the Nazi Party, thus enabling Hitler to accede to the chancellorship. This book analyzes...


Weimar Radicals: Nazis and Communists between Authenticity and Performance

by Timothy Scott Brown Berghahn Books (April 01, 2009)

Exploring the gray zone of infiltration and subversion in which the Nazi and Communist parties sought to influence and undermine each other, this book offers a fresh perspective on the relationship between...


What Is History For?: Johann Gustav Droysen and the Functions of Historiography

by Arthur Alfaix Assis Berghahn Books (January 01, 2014)

A scholar of Hellenistic and Prussian history, Droysen developed a historical theory that at the time was unprecedented in range and depth, and which remains to the present day a valuable key for understanding...


Germany and the Black Diaspora: Points of Contact, 1250-1914

by Mischa Honeck, Martin Klimke & Anne Kuhlmann Berghahn Books (July 01, 2013)

The rich history of encounters prior to World War I between people from German-speaking parts of Europe and people of African descent has gone largely unnoticed in the historical literature-not least because...


The German Right in the Weimar Republic: Studies in the History of German Conservatism, Nationalism, and Antisemitism

by Larry Eugene Jones Berghahn Books (June 30, 2014)

Significant recent research on the German Right between 1918 and 1933 calls into question received narratives of Weimar political history. The German Right in the Weimar Republic examines the role that the...


The Mind of the Nation: <i>Völkerpsychologie</i> in Germany, 1851-1955

by Egbert Klautke Berghahn Books (August 01, 2013)

Völkerpsychologie played an important role in establishing the social sciences via the works of such scholars as Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, Ernest Renan, Franz Boas, and Werner Sombart. In Germany, the...


Between Reform and Revolution: German Socialism and Communism from 1840 to 1990

by David E. Barclay & Eric D. Weitz Berghahn Books (May 01, 1998)

The powerful impact of Socialism and Communism on modern German history is the theme which is explored by the contributors to this volume. Whereas previous investigations have tended to focus on political,...


Coming of Age: Constructing and Controlling Youth in Munich, 1942-1973

by Martin Kalb Berghahn Books (May 01, 2016)

In the lean and anxious years following World War II, Munich society became obsessed with the moral condition of its youth. Initially born of the economic and social disruption of the war years, a preoccupation...