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Berghahn will be at the German Studies Association 2018 Conference!

We are delighted to inform you that we will be attending the annual German Studies Association conference in Pittsburgh PA, on September 27th-30th, 2018. Please stop by our stand to browse our latest selection of books at discounted prices & pick up some free journal samples.


Berghahn Books is very pleased to invite you to a wine reception at the GSA co-hosted with the DEFA Film Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Please join us on Friday, September 28th from 5-6pm in the book exhibit area to celebrate the publication of SCREENED ENCOUNTERS: The Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, 1955-1990 by Caroline Moine, the first volume in our new Film and the Global Cold War series.


If you are unable to attend the conference, we would like to provide you with a special discount offer. In celebration of the New Academic Year, receive a 50% discount, until 30th September 2018  on all German Studies titles found on our website. At checkout, simply enter the discount code GSA18.

We are also offering FREE access to the journal, German Politics and Society until the end of the year! Please use code GSA18 and redeem here.


Browse our new 2018-19 German Studies Catalog online or visit our website for a complete listing of all published and forthcoming titles.

Below is a preview of some of our newest releases on display.



The History of Jews Who Fled Nazi Deportation Trains in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands
Tanja von Fransecky
Translated from German by Benjamin Liebelt


Of the countless stories of resistance, ingenuity, and personal risk to emerge in the years following the Holocaust, among the most remarkable, yet largely overlooked, are those of the hundreds of Jewish deportees who escaped from moving trains bound for the extermination camps. In France, Belgium, and the Netherlands alone over 750 men, women and children undertook such dramatic escape attempts, despite the extraordinary uncertainty and physical danger they often faced. Drawing upon extensive interviews and a wealth of new historical evidence, Escapees gives a fascinating collective account of this hitherto neglected form of resistance to Nazi persecution.


Screened Encounters: The Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, 1955-1990SCREENED ENCOUNTERS
The Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, 1955-1990
Caroline Moine
Translated from the French by John Barrett
Preface by Dina Iordanova
Edited by Skyler J. Arndt-Briggs

NEW SERIES: Volume 1, Film and the Global Cold War


Established in 1955, the Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival became a central arena for staging the cultural politics of the German Democratic Republic, both domestically and in relation to West Germany and the rest of the world. Screened Encounters represents the definitive history of this key event, recounting the political and artistic exchanges it enabled from its founding until German unification, and tracing the outsize influence it exerted on international cultural relations during the Cold War.

Read Introduction: A Festival at the Heart of the Cold War


A History Shared and Divided: East and West Germany since the 1970sA HISTORY SHARED AND DIVIDED
East and West Germany since the 1970s
Frank Bösch
Translated from the German by Jennifer Walcoff Neuheiser


Divided History uniquely explores how East and West Germany responded to the new challenges and crises of the 1970s, and reunification. Topics range from political, labor, and business issues to migration and environmental issues, showing how the two German states remained inextricably connected in the 1970s and 1980s.

Read Introduction: Divided and Connected: Perspectives on German History since the 1970s


Memorializing the GDR: Monuments and Memory after 1989MEMORIALIZING THE GDR
Monuments and Memory after 1989
Anna Saunders


Memorializing the GDR provides the first in-depth study of this contested arena of public memory, investigating the individuals and groups devoted to the creation or destruction of memorials as well as their broader aesthetic, political, and historical contexts. Emphasizing the interrelationship of built environment, memory and identity, it brings to light the conflicting memories of recent German history, as well as the nuances of national and regional constructions of identity.

Read Introduction

Read blog post by author Anna Saunders: WHY MONUMENTS STILL HAVE A FUTURE


Taking on Technocracy: Nuclear Power in Germany, 1945 to the PresentTAKING ON TECHNOCRACY
Nuclear Power in Germany, 1945 to the Present
Dolores L. Augustine

Volume 24, Protest, Culture & Society


Taking on Technocracy gives a brisk account of this dramatic historical moment, showing how the popularization of scientific knowledge fostered new understandings of technological risk. Combining analyses of social history, popular culture, social movement theory, and histories of science and technology, it offers a compelling narrative of a key episode in the recent history of popular resistance.

Read Introduction


Back to the Postindustrial Future: An Ethnography of Germany's Fastest-Shrinking CityBACK TO THE POSTINDUSTRIAL FUTURE
An Ethnography of Germany’s Fastest-Shrinking City
Felix Ringel

Volume 33, EASA Series


How does an urban community come to terms with the loss of its future? The former socialist model city of Hoyerswerda is an extreme case of a declining postindustrial city. Built to serve the GDR coal industry, it lost over half its population to outmigration after German reunification and the coal industry crisis, leading to the large-scale deconstruction of its cityscape. This book tells the story of its inhabitants, now forced to reconsider their futures. Building on recent theoretical work, it advances a new anthropological approach to time, allowing us to investigate the postindustrial era and the futures it has supposedly lost.

Read Introduction: Anthropology and the Future: Notes from a Shrinking Fieldsite


Rethinking Holocaust Justice: Essays across DisciplinesRETHINKING HOLOCAUST JUSTICE
Essays across Disciplines
Edited by Norman J. W. Goda


In the past two decades, the subject of post-Holocaust justice has experienced a surge of interest among historians and legal scholars. Rethinking Holocaust Justice offers a multifaceted approach to post-Holocaust justice, bringing together leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to explore the complexity of these issues.

Read Introduction


Nazism, the Holocaust, and the Middle East: Arab and Turkish ResponsesNAZISM, THE HOLOCAUST, AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Arab and Turkish Responses
Edited by Francis R. Nicosia and Boğaç A. Ergene

Volume 7, Vermont Studies on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust


How was Nazism received in the Middle East? By focusing on Arab and Turkish reactions to Nazi anti-Semitism and persecution of the Jews in Germany and Europe, this collection offers a fresh perspective on institutional and popular attitudes towards Jewish communities throughout the Middle East during the 1930s and 1940s.

Read Introduction: Responses to Nazism and the Holocaust in the Middle East and North Africa

Studies in German History Series

Published in Association with the German Historical Institute, Washington D.C.


Explorations and Entanglements: Germans in Pacific Worlds from the Early Modern Period to World War IVolume 22

Germans in Pacific Worlds from the Early Modern Period to World War I
Edited by Hartmut Berghoff, Frank Biess, and Ulrike Strasser


Explorations and Entanglements reconstructs the German elements in the overlapping cultural circuits and complex oceanic transits of the “Pacific Worlds.” It concentrates on the pre-1914 period and encompasses scientific, cultural, religious and commercial exchanges. It opens a gate to a fascinating and hitherto much neglected arena of transnational encounters.


The Ethics of Seeing: Photography and Twentieth-Century German HistoryVolume 21

Photography and Twentieth-Century German History
Edited by Jennifer Evans, Paul Betts, and Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann


The Ethics of Seeing brings together an international group of scholars to explore the complex relationship between the visual and the historic in German history. Emphasizing the transformation of the visual arena and the ways in which ordinary people made sense of world events, these revealing case studies illustrate photography’s multilayered role as a new form of representation, a means to subjective experience, and a fresh mode of narrating the past.

Read Introduction: Photography as an Ethics of Seeing


The Second Generation: Émigrés from Nazi Germany as Historians<br>With a Biobibliographic GuideVolume 20 New in Paperback

Émigrés from Nazi Germany as Historians
With a Biobibliographic Guide
Edited by Andreas W. Daum, Hartmut Lehmann, and James J. Sheehan


“The contributions to this volume manage impressively to show the interconnections between life and work, describing the professional developments against the background of emigration as well as demonstrating the influence of the refugee experience on their historical works.”Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft

Read Introduction: Refugees from Nazi Germany as Historians: Origins and Migrations, Interests and Identities

Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association

Published under the auspices of the German Studies Association, Spektrum offers current perspectives on culture, society, and political life in the German-speaking lands of central Europe—Austria, Switzerland, and the Federal Republic—from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Its titles and themes reflect the composition of the GSA and the work of its members within and across the disciplines to which they belong—literary criticism, history, cultural studies, political science, and anthropology.


Views of Violence: Representing the Second World War in German and European Museums and MemorialsVolume 19 Forthcoming in January 2019

Representing the Second World War in German and European Museums and Memorials
Edited by Jörg Echternkamp and Stephan Jaeger
Afterword by Jay Winter


The modern vision of historical violence has been immeasurably influenced by cultural representations of the Second World War. This volume takes a historical perspective on World War II museums and explores how these institutions came to define the broader European, and even global, political contexts and cultures of public memory.


Dreams of Germany: Musical Imaginaries from the Concert Hall to the Dance FloorVolume 18 Forthcoming In December 2018

Musical Imaginaries from the Concert Hall to the Dance Floor
Edited by Neil Gregor and Thomas Irvine


Through case studies that range from Bruckner to the Beatles and from symphonies to dance-club music, this volume looks at how German musicians and their audiences responded to the most significant developments of the twentieth century, including mass media, technological advances, fascism, and war on an unprecedented scale.


Money in the German-speaking LandsVolume 17

Edited by Mary Lindemann and Jared Poley
Afterword by Michael J. Sauter


This volume traces money in German-speaking Europe from the late Renaissance until the close of the twentieth century, exploring how people have used it and endowed it with multiple meanings.

Read Introduction


Archeologies of Confession: Writing the German Reformation, 1517-2017Volume 16

Writing the German Reformation, 1517-2017
Edited by Carina L. Johnson, David M. Luebke, Marjorie E. Plummer, and Jesse Spohnholz


The essays collected here examine the formation of religious identities during the Reformation in Germany through case studies of remembering and forgetting—instances in which patterns and practices of religious plurality were excised from historical memory.

Read Introduction: Reformations Lost and Found


Ruptures in the Everyday: Views of Modern Germany from the GroundVolume 15 Forthcoming in Paperback

Views of Modern Germany from the Ground
Lead Authors: Andrew Stuart Bergerson and Leonard Schmieding


“As a whole, this volume offers an innovative contribution to the continuity problem of German history in the 20th century…The editors and their authors have succeeded in taking their readership onto an unconventional and intellectually often fascinating journey into German everyday life, and not only historically, which allows fascinating and fresh insights.” Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft


Migrations in the German Lands, 1500-2000Volume 13 New in Paperback

Edited by Jason Coy, Jared Poley, and Alexander Schunka


“The majority of essays deserve being highly praised as many authors provide well-written analyses and insights that are full of detail and highly original…The quality of the volume…ensures scholars working on specific aspects of migration in German territory will find valuable information in it.” • German History

Read Introduction: Migration in the German Lands: An Introduction

New in Paperback


Different Germans, Many Germanies: New Transatlantic PerspectivesDIFFERENT GERMANS, MANY GERMANIES
New Transatlantic Perspectives
Edited by Konrad H. Jarausch, Harald Wenzel, and Karin Goihl


“Although the book is not intended as a history of modern Germany, advanced students will discover many tantalizing perspectives in what outsiders see as German as well as the German response. With this publication, Berghahn Books remains the strongest source for quality academic publications addressing all aspects of German studies… Highly Recommended.” • Choice

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Migration, Memory, and Diversity: Germany from 1945 to the PresentMIGRATION, MEMORY, AND DIVERSITY
Germany from 1945 to the Present
Edited by Cornelia Wilhelm
Preface by Konrad Jarausch

Volume 21, Contemporary European History


“Wilhelm’s carefully assembled volume offers impressive and fresh overviews of postwar German history…an overall excellent contribution to the history of migration and diversity in Germany. Surely not only historians will welcome Wilhelm’s fine collection.” · Contemporary Austrian Studies

Read Introduction: Migration, Memory, and Diversity in Germany after 1945


Fascist Interactions: Proposals for a New Approach to Fascism and Its Era, 1919-1945FASCIST INTERACTIONS
Proposals for a New Approach to Fascism and Its Era, 1919-1945
David D. Roberts


“…this remarkable study… combines extraordinary command and interpretation of the literature on 1919–45 across many countries with very promising approaches for inquiry. These include viewing Fascism as an alternative modernity fashioned by experiences and interactions with others, domestic and international, including liberal regimes, conservatives, and the Soviets. Roberts also understands Fascism as a new mode of collective action lacking any central core, but composed of a series of unstable, vulnerable, interlocking pieces. The author concludes with a powerful plea that historians take Fascism seriously…Essential.” · Choice

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Rethinking Antifascism: History, Memory and Politics, 1922 to the PresentRETHINKING ANTIFASCISM
History, Memory and Politics, 1922 to the Present
Edited by Hugo García, Mercedes Yusta, Xavier Tabet, and Cristina Clímaco


“This rich and comprehensive book opens up around the historiographical question of antifascism a series of passionate debates of which the last word has not been said.” • Vingtième Siècle. Revue d’histoire

Read Introduction: Beyond Revisionism: Rethinking Antifascism in the Twenty-First Century



On Related Interest from Berghahn Journals


German Politics and SocietyGerman Politics and Society


German Politics and Society is the only American publication that explores issues in modern Germany from the combined perspectives of the social sciences, history, and cultural studies.

We are offering free access to this journal until the end of the year! Please use code GSA18 and redeem here.



The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s and Gender History 


Aspasia aims to transform European women’s and gender history by creating a European history of women and gender that encompasses more than the traditional Western European perspective.

Current Volume: Vol. 12


Contributions to the History of ConceptsContributions to the History of Concepts


The journal serves as a platform for theoretical and methodological articles as well as empirical studies on the history of concepts and their social, political, and cultural contexts.

Featured Article: Bridging the Political Gaps: The Interdiscursive Qualities of Political Romanticism in the Weimar Republic


European JudaismEuropean Judaism

A Journal for the New Europe


Published in association with the Leo Baeck College and the Michael Goulston Education Foundation.

For over 40 years, European Judaism has provided a voice for the postwar Jewish world in Europe. It has reflected the different realities of each country and helped to rebuild Jewish consciousness after the Holocaust.

Current Issue: Volume 51, Issue 1: Rabbi Lionel Blue z’l Memorial Issue


Historical Reflections/Réflexions HistoriquesHistorical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques


Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques (HRRH), which publishes articles in both English and French, is committed to exploring history in an interdisciplinary framework and with a comparative focus.

Current Issue: Volume 44, Issue 1: History, Violence, and Steven Pinker



Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and SocietyJournal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society


The Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society explores perceptions of society as constituted and conveyed in processes of learning and educational media.

Current Issue: Volume 10, Issue 1: World Knowledge and Non-European Space: Nineteenth Century Geography Textbooks and Children’s Books



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