952 Gladfelter Hall
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Modern Europe, Germany, European Military
I am interested in the intersection between social and military history and especially in the social and cultural impact of warfare in Europe. I have worked on a wide-range of subjects, from German political culture and national identity, to POW and veterans' affairs, to the role of film in illuminating historical consciousness. I recently completed a book project that combines many of these interests by examining the material and ideological effects of the Second World War and its aftermath on former German officers living in the Federal Republic of Germany. I have two ongoing projects. The first is a study of German war films that examines their role in shaping public memory of the Second World War. The second project is a study of the military career and anti-Semitic politics of Erich Ludendorff.
I offer courses on European social, military, and film history. I can prepare graduate students in both German social and military history, or provide guidance to those interested in Europe as a primary or comparative field. I especially enjoy teaching comparative courses which seek to understand the way in which modern societies organize for and are transformed by war.