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NBN Episodes hosted by Ryan:

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…

Robert Gerwarth, "November 1918: The German Revolution" (Oxford UP, 2020)

April 29, 2024

November 1918

Robert Gerwarth
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

Was Weimar doomed from the outset? In November 1918: The German Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2020), Robert Gerwarth argues that this is the w…

Tobias Straumann, "1931: Debt, Crisis, and the Rise of Hitler" (Oxford UP, 2019)

February 17, 2024


Tobias Straumann
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

What can we learn from the financial crisis that brought Hitler to power? How did diplomatic deadlock fuel the rise of authoritarianism? Tobias Straum…

Francine Hirsch, "Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg" (Oxford UP, 2020)

July 9, 2020

Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg

Francine Hirsch
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

How did an authoritarian regime help lay the cornerstones of human rights and international law? Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the In…

Michael O’Sullivan, "Disruptive Power: Catholic Women, Miracles, and Politics in Modern Germany, 1918-1965" (U Toronto Press, 2018)

March 13, 2020

Disruptive Power

Michael O’Sullivan
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

How did Catholic mysticism shape politics and religion in 20th-century Germany? What do seers, stigmatics, and Marian apparitions reveal about broader…

Astrid M. Eckert, "West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands" (Oxford UP, 2019)

January 22, 2020

West Germany and the Iron Curtain

Astrid Eckert
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

How did the Iron Curtain shape the Federal Republic of Germany? How did the internal border become a proving ground for rival ideologies? West Germany…

Serhii Plokhy, "Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front" (Oxford UP, 2019)

November 20, 2019

Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front

Serhii Plokhy
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

What happened when Americans and Soviets fought alongside one another against Hitler? How did relations at Poltava airbase reveal cracks in the Grand …

Jasper Heinzen, "Making Prussians, Raising Germans: A Cultural History of Prussian State-Building after Civil War, 1866-1935" (Cambridge UP, 2017)

September 19, 2019

Making Prussians, Raising Germans

Jasper Heinzen
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

How does civil war shape state building and national identity over the long term? What do the underlying conflicts between Hanoverians and the Prussia…

Volker Berghahn, "Journalists between Hitler and Adenauer: From Inner Emigration to the Moral Reconstruction of West Germany" (Princeton UP, 2018)

January 18, 2019

Journalists between Hitler and Adenauer

Volker Berghahn
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

What can the lives of journalists under Hitler and Adenauer reveal? How did they navigate the Third Reich as "internal emigrants"? How did the emergin…

Daniel Stahl, "Hunt for Nazis: South America's Dictatorships and the Prosecution of Nazi Crimes" (Amsterdam UP, 2018)

December 26, 2018

Hunt for Nazis

Daniel Stahl
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

How did the search for Nazi fugitives become a vehicle to oppose South American dictatorships? Daniel Stahl’s award-winning new book traces the story …

Eric D. Weitz, "Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy" (Princeton UP, 2018)

November 20, 2018

Weimar Germany

Eric D. Weitz
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

What can the Weimar Republic teach us about how democracies fail? How could the same vibrancy that gave us cultural touchstones spawn Nazism? In his n…

Mary Fulbrook, "Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice" (Oxford UP, 2018)

September 27, 2018


Mary Fulbrook
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

What voices have been silenced in the history of the Holocaust? How did victims and perpetrators make sense of their experiences? How did the failed p…

James Retallack, "Red Saxony: Election Battles and the Spectre of Democracy in Germany, 1860 to 1918" (Oxford UP, 2017)

June 12, 2018

Red Saxony

James Retallack
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

How can political modernization reinforce authoritarianism? What brought middle-class liberals and conservative monarchists to make common cause in la…

Katrin Paehler, "The Third Reich's Intelligence Service: The Career of Walter Schellenberg" (Cambridge UP, 2017)

April 6, 2018

The Third Reich's Intelligence Service

Katrin Paehler
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

Who was the spymaster of the Third Reich? How did Nazi ideology influence intelligence collection? Katrin Paehler answers these questions with the fir…

Nathan Stoltzfus, "Hitler's Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany" (Yale UP, 2016)

February 26, 2018

Hitler's Compromises

Nathan Stoltzfus
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

How did the Nazi regime respond to protest? How did Hitler's desire for popular authority shape the relationship between state and society? Nathan Sto…

Roger Frie, "Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust" (Oxford UP, 2017)

January 30, 2018

Not in My Family

Roger Frie
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

What if you suddenly discovered a cherished member of your family was a Nazi? How would you make sense of the code of silence that had kept an uncomfo…

Robbert-Jan Adriaansen, "The Rhythm of Eternity: The German Youth Movement and the Experience of the Past, 1900-1933" (Berghahn Books, 2015)

December 19, 2017

The Rhythm of Eternity

Robbert Jan-Adriaansen
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

The German youth movement of the late Kaiserreich and ill-fated Weimar Republic has been a subject of controversy since its inception. The longing for…

Andrew S. Tompkins, "Better Active than Radioactive! Anti-Nuclear Protest in 1970s France and West Germany" (Oxford UP, 2016)

November 28, 2017

Better Active than Radioactive!

Andrew S. Tompkins
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in western Europe over the 1970s. Observers feared Germany was becoming "ungovernable" and France …

Christian Ingrao, "Believe and Destroy: Intellectuals in the SS War Machine" (Polity, 2015)

October 26, 2017

Believe and Destroy

Christian Ingrao
Hosted by Ryan Stackhouse

How did a generation of Germany's best and brightest become radicalized? What convinced young intellectuals to join the SS and perpetrate genocide in …