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Hamlin on the Building of Germany’s “Empire in the East”

Big news from Fordham History’s Professor David Hamlin!  On 13 July, Cambridge University Press published  Germany’s Empire in the East; Germans and Romania in an Era of Globalization and Total War. Where many studies of European empire in the twentieth century focus on imperial projects in the global south, Professor Hamlin’s book demonstrates the place of central and eastern Europe in that story and the important role of economic forces played in shaping global empires. The book tells how the Germans, when “confronted with the global economic and political power of the western allies…  turned to Eastern Europe to construct a dependent space, tied to Germany as Central America was to the US.” We reached out to Hamlin for some comments on the process and how the ideas for the book emerged.

The book was many years in the making; in part because it changed as I researched and wrote it.  Initially, I was expecting to explore how Germany transformed Romania into a dependency well before the First World War; it would be a story emphasizing continuity.  Instead, I found myself crafting a story of the impact of the First World War on German policy; it became a story of discontinuity.  Rather than a story narrowly about the longue durée of German imperial ambitions, it became an examination of how the disruption of commercial, financial, and legal links during the war reshaped how Germans viewed the international economy, and thus their links to their neighbors.  From that emerged a German variant of western imperialism, one that was a response to the conscious restructuring of global markets during the war.

The model of the modern research university assumes that a Professor’s research will shape and inform what he or she teaches.  That certainly was true for me.  I have gradually assigned greater weight to the First World War in my course on the Third Reich (Hitler’s Germany) as well as reshaping how I discuss Hitler’s dream of Lebensraum.  In my courses on European diplomatic history, I have added discussions of competing ideas of political and legal order and tried to link more clearly the experience of the First World War to the international goals of the Nazi Party.  I also try to link the British experience of economic warfare and the significance of global economic mobilization in the First World War to Neville Chamberlain’s policies in the late 1930s.

Congratulations Professor Hamlin, we look forward to seeing where your research will take you next.

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Work in Progress: Jason McDonald Talks Through Images, War and Propaganda for the History Graduate Colloquium

Recently, we posted about our Graduate Colloquium conference, wrapping up the semester’s hard work by graduate students. As part of the process of the colloquium, students meet to make presentations about their progress, discuss problems in their research, and exchange papers to work collaboratively on writing. In this year’s colloquium, Jason McDonald made this excellent video about his project. As well as highlighting his abilities as an historian and videographer, the video gives an excellent sense of the process through which students work through their final research papers.

 

Jason’s research on image, war, and propaganda ultimately resulted in his final research paper: “Japanese Teeth and Skulls in American Newspapers, 1884-2012”.  You can read more about Jason’s work on World War II images in general here. Great work, Jason!

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Postcard from the Archives: Stephanie De Paola

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History PhD student Stephanie De Paola at work in the Biblioteca Comunale Labronica Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi

Every year, Fordham graduate students head to the archives to pursue their research projects. We wrote to Stephanie De Paola, holder of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Research Fellowship, for an update on her work in both Italian and American archives for her dissertation, An Intimate Occupation: Race, Gender, and Sexual Violence in Occupied Italy and Post 1945 Memory.  Read on for Stephanie’s postcard from the archives.

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This Week in Fordham History

Happy Spring Break! We’re  looking back at moments in 1911, 1934, 1935, 1937 and 1945!  March historically was an exciting month for Fordham University! Read on to find out about women’s enrollment at Fordham, what exciting historical artifact Fordham acquired in 1935, and Dean James Walsh’s feelings on commercialism.

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Phi Alpha Theta Lecture: Ruth Ben-Ghiat on Italian POWs, April 22 1:00 PM

The Fordham chapter of Phi Alpha Theta proudly presents

Ben-GhiatThe Long War of Italian POWs, 1940-1950:

What We Learn from Studying Defeat

Dr. Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Professor of Italian Studies and History

New York University

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 / McGinley 235 / 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

 

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PhD Student Alessandro Saluppo Published in Mondoperaio

Screenshot 2014-06-17 14.39.18Congratulations to our PhD student Alessandro Saluppo, whose article Lotta di classe nel Delta. Dove nasce lo squadrismo has appeared in Mondoperaio, a prestigious Italian journal of politics and culture. The article examines the origins and dynamics of fascist violence in the province of Ferrara. Alessandro wrote to us with an abstract of the article in English.
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