German Studies

German Studies

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Interviews with scholars of Germany about their new books.

David Joseph, "Burgenland: Village Secrets and the First Tremors of the Holocaust" (Amberley, 2023)

July 12, 2024

Burgenland

David Joseph
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

When Hitler marched into Austria in March 1938, he was given a rapturous reception. Millions lined the streets and filled the squares of Vienna. Tobia…

Karine Varley, "Vichy's Double Bind: French Collaboration between Hitler and Mussolini during the Second World War" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

July 9, 2024

Vichy's Double Bind

Karine Varley
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Karine Varley's book Vichy's Double Bind: French Collaboration between Hitler and Mussolini during the Second World War (Cambridge UP, 2023) advances …

Ed Simon, "Devil's Contract: A History of the Faustian Bargain" (Melville House, 2024)

July 9, 2024

Devil's Contract

Ed Simon
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

From ancient times to the modern world, the idea of the Faustian bargain—the exchange of one’s soul in return for untold riches and power—has exerted …

Timothy Grieve-Carlson, "American Aurora: Environment and Apocalypse in the Life of Johannes Kelpius" (Oxford UP, 2024)

July 6, 2024

American Aurora

Timothy Grieve-Carlson
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

American Aurora: Environment and Apocalypse in the Life of Johannes Kelpius (Oxford UP, 2024) explores the impact of climate change on early modern ra…

Michael Sonenscher, "Capitalism: The Story Behind the Word" (Princeton UP, 2022)

June 30, 2024

Capitalism

Michael Sonenscher

What exactly is capitalism? How has the meaning of capitalism changed over time? And what’s at stake in our understanding or misunderstanding of it? I…

Matthijs Lok, "Europe Against Revolution: Conservatism, Enlightenment, and the Making of the Past" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 24, 2024

Europe Against Revolution

Matthijs Lok

Contemporary Europe seems to be divided between progressive cosmopolitans sympathetic to the European Union and the ideals of the Enlightenment, and c…

Andreas Fulda, "Germany and China: How Entanglement Undermines Freedom, Prosperity and Security" (Bloombury, 2024)

June 22, 2024

Germany and China

Andreas Fulda
Hosted by Jane Richards

Germany and China: How Entanglement Undermines Freedom, Prosperity and Security (Bloomsbury, 2024) is a groundbreaking book, of which the findings hav…

Todd H. Weir, "Red Secularism: Socialism and Secularist Culture in Germany 1890 to 1933" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 16, 2024

Red Secularism

Todd H. Weir
Hosted by Crawford Gribben

Red Secularism: Socialism and Secularist Culture in Germany 1890 to 1933 (Cambridge UP, 2023) is the first substantive investigation into one of the k…

Klas-Göran Karlsson, "Lessons of History: The Holocaust and Soviet Terror as Borderline Events" (Academic Studies Press, 2024)

June 15, 2024

Lessons of History

Klas-Göran Karlsson
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Lessons of history are often referred to in public discourse, but seldom in scholarly discussions. Klas-Göran Karlsson's book Lessons of History: The …

Joseph A. Skloot, "First Impressions: Sefer Hasidim and Early Modern Hebrew Printing" (Brandeis UP, 2023)

June 8, 2024

First Impressions

Joseph A. Skloot
Hosted by Jana Byars

Joseph A. Skloot joins Jana Byars to talk about his new book, First Impressions: Sefer hasimdim and Early Modern Hebrew Printing (Brandeis UP, 2023). …

David Stahel, "Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany's Winter Campaign, 1941-1942" (FSG, 2019)

June 7, 2024

Retreat from Moscow

David Stahel
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

Germany’s winter campaign of 1941–1942 is commonly seen as the Wehrmacht's first defeat. In Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany's Winter Cam…

Thomas Sparr, "German Jerusalem: The Remarkable Life of a German-Jewish Neighbourhood in the Holy City" (Haus Publishers, 2021)

June 4, 2024

German Jerusalem

Thomas Sparr
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

In the 1920s, before the establishment of the state of Israel, a group of German Jews settled in a garden city on the outskirts of Jerusalem. During…

Benjamin Balint, "Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy" (Norton, 2019)

June 3, 2024

Kafka's Last Trial

Benjamin Balint
Hosted by Yakir Englander

When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal friend Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfill Kafka’s last instruction: to burn his remaining manuscript…

Jan Grabowski, "On Duty: The Role of the Polish Blue and Criminal Police in the Holocaust" (Yad Vashem, 2024)

May 27, 2024

On Duty

Jan Grabowski
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

"The Polish Police, commonly called the Blue or uniformed police in order to avoid using the term “Polish,” has played a most lamentable role in the e…

Judy Batalion, "The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos" (William Morrow, 2021)

May 27, 2024

The Light of Days

Judy Batalion
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland--so…

Mark Jantzen and John D. Thiesen, "European Mennonites and the Holocaust" (U Toronto Press, 2021)

May 23, 2024

European Mennonites and the Holocaust

Mark Jantzen and John D. Thiesen
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

During the Second World War, Mennonites in the Netherlands, Germany, occupied Poland, and Ukraine lived in communities with Jews and close to various …

Daniel R Schwartz, "Ancient Jewish Historians and the German Reich: Seven Studies" (de Gruyter, 2024)

May 19, 2024

Ancient Jewish Historians and the German Reich

Daniel R Schwartz
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Apart from an opening survey of modern study of ancient Jewish history, which emphasizes the foundational role of German-Jewish scholars, the studies …

Frédéric Bonnesoeur et al., "New Microhistorical Approaches to an Integrated History of the Holocaust" (de Gruyter, 2023)

May 17, 2024

New Microhistorical Approaches to an Integrated History of the Holocaust

Frédéric Bonnesoeur, Hannah Wilson, and Christin Zühlke
Hosted by Kelly McFall

In 1997, Saul Friedländer emphasized the need for an integrated history of the Holocaust. His suggestion to connect ‘the policies of the perpetrators,…

Christopher Ewing, "The Color of Desire: The Queer Politics of Race in the Federal Republic of Germany After 1970" (Cornell UP, 2024)

May 14, 2024

The Color of Desire

Christopher Ewing
Hosted by Armanc Yildiz

The Color of Desire: The Queer Politics of Race in the Federal Republic of Germany After 1970 (Cornell UP, 2024) tells the story of how, in the afterm…

Lucy Barnhouse, "Hospitals in Communities of the Late Medieval Rhineland" (Amsterdam UP, 2023)

May 7, 2024

Hospitals in Communities of the Late Medieval Rhineland

Lucy Barnhouse
Hosted by Jana Byars

Lucy Barnhouse of Arkansas State University talks with Jana Byars about her new book, Hospitals in Communities of the Late Medieval Rhineland: Houses …