German Studies
Genocide Studies November 19, 2020

The Failures of Ethics

Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities

John K. Roth

Hosted by Jeff Bachman
In the Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities (Oxford University Press, 2018), John K. Roth concentrates on the multiple shortfalls and shortcomings of thought, decision …

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Intellectual History November 18, 2020

Heidegger's Poietic Writings

From Contributions to Philosophy to the Event

Daniela Vallega-Neu

Hosted by Stephen Dozeman
Scholarship on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger has traditionally focused on his magnum opus Being and Time and related earlier work, his later essays and lectures often relegated to an …
Eastern European Studies November 3, 2020

Communist Pigs

An Animal History of East Germany's Rise and Fall

Thomas Fleischman

Hosted by Steven Seegel
The pig played a fundamental role in the German Democratic Republic's attempts to create and sustain a modern, industrial food system built on communist principles. By the mid-1980s, East Germany …
German Studies November 2, 2020

Lutheran Theology and Contract Law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520-1720)

Paolo Astorri

Hosted by Krzysztof Odyniec
In Lutheran Theology and Contract Law in Early Modern Germany (ca. 1520-1720) (Verlag Ferdinand Schoningh, 2019), Paolo Astorri shows how the Protestant Reformation influence European law. Martin Luther and his …
German Studies November 2, 2020

Testimonies of Resistance

Representations of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Sonderkommando

Nicholas Chare and Dominic Williams

Hosted by Yakir Englander
The Sonderkommando--the "special squad" of enslaved Jewish laborers who were forced to work in the gas chambers and crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau--comprise one of the most fascinating and troubling topics within …
Eastern European Studies October 26, 2020

Bowling for Communism

Urban Ingenuity at the End of East Germany

Andrew Demshuk

Hosted by Steven Seegel
Bowling for Communism: Urban Ingenuity at the End of East Germany (Cornell University Press, 2020) illuminates how civic life functioned in Leipzig, East Germany's second-largest city, on the eve of …
Digital Humanities October 21, 2020

Furnace and Fugue

A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s “Atalanta fugiens” (1618) with Scholarly Commentary

Donna Bilak and Tara Nummedal

Hosted by Molly Taylor-Poleskey
In 1618, on the eve of the Thirty Years’ War, the German alchemist and physician Michael Maier published Atalanta fugiens, an intriguing and complex musical alchemical emblem book designed to …
European Studies October 20, 2020

The Habsburgs

To Rule the World

Martyn Rady

Hosted by Charles Coutinho
In The Habsburgs: To Rule the World (Basic Books, 2020), Martyn Rady, Masaryk Professor of Central European History at University College London, tells the epic story of a dynasty and …
European Studies October 19, 2020

Heidegger’s Fascist Affinities

A Politics of Silence

Adam Knowles

Hosted by Stephen Dozeman
The German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s influence over the last several decades of philosophy is undeniable, but his place in the canon has been called into question in recent years in …
American Studies October 13, 2020

The Nazi Spy Ring in America

Hitler’s Agents, the FBI and the Case that Stirred the Nation

Rhodri Jeffreys Jones

Hosted by Craig Sorvillo
In his new book, The Nazi Spy Ring in America: Hitler’s Agents, the FBI & the Case that Stirred the Nation (Georgetown University Press, 2020), Rhodri Jeffreys Jones tells the …
European Studies October 8, 2020

The Holocaust

History and Memory

Jeremy Black

Hosted by Charles Coutinho
The event that is commonly labeled as the ‘Holocaust’, was one of the most horrific of the Twentieth Century. It is also one of the most popularly discussed events of …
American Studies October 5, 2020

COSSAC

Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Morgan and the Genesis of Operation OVERLORD

Stephen C. Kepher

Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz
D-Day, June 6, 1944, looms large in both popular and historical imaginations as the sin qua non, or single defining moment, of the Second World War. Though there were other …
British Studies September 29, 2020

Churchill's Hellraisers

The Secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress

Damien Lewis

Hosted by Mark Klobas
On the night of March 27, 1945, a small group of partisans and British soldiers from the elite Special Air Service (SAS) stormed two villas in northern Italy that were …
European Studies September 23, 2020

Markus Söder

The Shadow Chancellor

Roman Deininger and Uwe Ritzer

Hosted by Tim Jones
Next year, Germany goes to the polls. For the first time in 15 years, Angela Merkel will not be a candidate for chancellor. Although a leadership election is underway inside …
American Studies September 22, 2020

The United States' Entry into the First World War

The Role of British and German Diplomacy

Justin Q. Olmstead

Hosted by Charles Coutinho
The complicated situation which led to the American entry into the First World War in 1917 is often explained from the perspective of public opinion, US domestic politics, or financial …
Music September 18, 2020

A Social History of Early Rock ‘n’ Roll in Germany

Hamburg from Burlesque to The Beatles, 1956-69

Julia Sneeringer

Hosted by Mark Klobas
The Beatles’ sojourn in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg during the early 1960s is part of music legend. As Julia Sneeringer reveals in A Social History of Early Rock …
Architecture September 17, 2020

Hitler’s Northern Utopia

Building the New Order in Occupied Norway

Despina Stratigakos

Hosted by Craig Sorvillo
In her new book Hitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway (Princeton University Press, 2020), Despina Stratigakos investigates the Nazi occupation of Norway. Between 1940 and 1945 …
German Studies September 8, 2020

Resisting Persecution

Jews and Their Petitions during the Holocaust

T. P. Kaplan and W. Gruner (eds.)

Hosted by Kelly McFall
In 20 years of studying the Holocaust, it didn’t occur to me that German officials might, when petitioned by German Jews or by Germans advocating for German Jews, change their …
European Studies September 7, 2020

Germany

A Nation in its Time

Helmut Walser Smith

Hosted by Michael O'Sullivan
In his groundbreaking 500-year history entitled Germany: A Nation in its Time (Liveright, 2020), Helmut Walser Smith challenges traditional perceptions of Germany’s conflicted past, revealing a nation far more thematically …
European Studies August 31, 2020

The Perfect Fascist

A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy

Victoria de Grazia

Hosted by Craig Sorvillo
In her new book, The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini’s Italy (Belknap Press), Dr. Victoria de Grazia takes the story of Attilio Teruzzi and …