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Saxon identities, AD 150-900
Flierman, Robert, author
London ; Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017
1. The Most Ferocious of Enemies : Saxons from a Roman Perspective -- 2. Rebels, Subjects, Neighbours : Saxons from a Frankish Perspective -- 3. Gens perfida or populus Christianus? : the Saxons and the Saxon Wars in Carolingian Historiography -- 4. From Defeat to Salvation : Remembering the Saxon Wars in Carolingian Saxony.

"This study is the first up-to-date comprehensive analysis of the construction of continental Saxon identity in late antique and early medieval writing. It traces this process over the course of eight centuries, from its earliest roots in Roman ethnography to its reinvention in the monasteries of ninth-century Saxony. Building on recent scholarship, this study emphasises not just the constructed and open-ended nature of barbarian identity, but also the crucial role played by texts as instruments and resources of identity-formation. Though mentioned as early as AD 150, the Saxons left no written evidence of their own before c. 840. Thus, for the first seven centuries, we can only look at Saxon identity through the eyes of their Roman enemies, Merovingian neighbours and Carolingian conquerors. What we encounter when we attempt this, is not an objective description of a people, but an ongoing literary discourse on what outside authors imagined, wanted or feared the Saxons to be: dangerous pirates, noble savages, bestial pagans or faithful subjects. Significantly, these outside views deeply influenced how ninth-century Saxons eventually came to write about themselves following their conquest and conversion by the Frankish King Charlemagne, relying on Roman and Frankish texts to reinvent themselves as members of a noble and Christian people"--
Baker Berry DD78.S3 F55 2017

Frank-Walter Steinmeier : die Biografie
Lütjen, Torben, 1974- author
Freiburg im Breisgau : Herder, [2017]
Baker Berry DD260.65.S744 L87 2017

The British in interwar Germany : the reluctant occupiers, 1918-30
Williamson, D. G., author
London ; Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
Part I. The Armistice and the peace -- Introduction -- The British occupied area of the Rhineland during the Armistice: December 1918-January 1920 -- The reluctant assumption of continental commitments, 1919 -- Part II. Enforcing the Treaty, 1920-1922 -- The plebiscites, 1920-22 -- Danzig: the gibraltar of the north? -- The British element in the inter-allied military control commissions -- Britain and the Rhineland, 1920-1922 -- Part III. The Ruhr crisis, 1923-1924: the turning point -- The French occupation of the Ruhr and German "passive resistance": January-September 1923 -- France's hollow victory -- The impact of the Ruhr crisis on the Inter-Allied Control Commission, 1923-1924 -- Part IV. After the Ruhr crisis, 1924-1930 -- The consequences of the Dawes Plan and the Locarno Treaties for the occupation and the IAMCC, 1924-1927 -- The British in the Wiesbaden Bridgehead, 1926-1930.
Baker Berry DD238 .W55 2017

Luise Dorothea von Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg : Ernestinerin und Europäerin im Zeitalter der Aufklärung
Berger, Günter, author
Regensburg : Verlag Friedrich Pustet, [2017]
Baker Berry DD421.3 .B47 2017

Ernst Kantorowicz : a life
Lerner, Robert E., author
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]
List of figures -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations. Introduction -- Old Posen and young Ernst -- "With rifle and gun" -- Fine fever -- Heidelberg -- St. George -- The Castle Hill -- Frederick II -- Center of attention -- Becoming a professional -- Frankfurt -- Year of drama -- Oxford -- "Leisure with dignity" -- Flight -- "Displaced foreign scholar" -- "Without any desire for Europe" -- Laudes regiae -- Fight for employment -- "Hyperborean fields" -- "Scarcely wants to go to Germany" -- "Land of lotus-eaters" -- The fundamental issue -- Advanced study -- The king's two bodies -- "EKa is sick of EKa" -- Last years -- Afterword. Index.

This is the first complete biography of Ernst Kantorowicz (1895-1963), an influential and controversial German-American intellectual whose colorful and dramatic life intersected with many of the great events and thinkers of his time. A medieval historian whose ideas exerted an influence far beyond his field, he is most famous for two books--a notoriously nationalistic 1927 biography of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and The King's Two Bodies (1957), a classic study of medieval politics. Born into a wealthy Prussian-Jewish family, Kantorowicz fought on the Western Front in World War I, was wounded at Verdun, and earned an Iron Cross; later, he earned an Iron Crescent for service in Anatolia before an affair with a general's mistress led to Kantorowicz being sent home. After the war, he fought against Poles in his native Posen, Spartacists in Berlin, and communists in Munich. An ardent German nationalist during the Weimar period, Kantorowicz became a member of the elitist Stefan George circle, which nurtured a cult of the "Secret Germany." Yet as a professor in Frankfurt after the Nazis came to power, Kantorowicz bravely spoke out against the regime before an overflowing crowd. Narrowly avoiding arrest after Kristallnacht, he fled to England and then the United States, where he joined the faculty at Berkeley, only to be fired in 1950 for refusing to sign an anticommunist "loyalty oath." From there, he "fell up the ladder" to Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, where he stayed until his death. Drawing on many new sources, including numerous interviews and unpublished letters, Robert E. Lerner tells the story of a major intellectual whose life and times were as fascinating as his work.
Baker Berry DD86.7.K3 L47 2017

Lions and lambs : conflict in Weimar and the creation of post-Nazi Germany
Strote, Noah Benezra, author
New Haven ; Yale University Press, [2017]
Introduction -- Part 1. Conflict -- The constitutional crisis -- Sectarian visions of the economy -- The battle over national education -- The problem of culture -- Two competing ideals for a Third Reich -- Part 2. Partnership -- The creation of constitutional consensus -- Christian economics? -- The education of Western Europeans -- The culture of Christian partnership -- Living with liberal democracy -- Conclusion.

A bold new interpretation of Germany's democratic transformation in the twentieth century, focusing on a group of intellectuals who shaped the post-Nazi reconstruction Not long after the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, Germans rebuilt their shattered country as a robust democracy and one of the Western world's leading nations. In his debut work, Noah Strote analyzes this remarkable turnaround and challenges the widely held perception that the Western Allies-particularly the United States-were responsible for Germany's transformation. Instead, Strote draws from never-before-seen material to show how Hitler's rise ultimately united the fractious social groups that had vied for supremacy during the so-called Weimar Republic of 1918 to 1933. Strote's character-driven narrative follows ten Germans of diverse backgrounds who lived through the breakdown of the Weimar Republic and together assumed founding roles in the post-Nazi reconstruction. Accessible, deeply researched, and strikingly original, this book offers a fresh understanding of postwar Germany and, more broadly, the postwar European order.
Baker Berry DD237 .S767 2017

The Kaiser's confidante : Mary Lee, the first American-born princess
Hutto, Richard Jay, author
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2017]
New opportunities in the old world -- Married into the royal mob -- A princess in her own right -- Another chance at love -- Mentoring a future empress -- Religion and philanthropy -- A clear path to the throne -- Ensconced in power -- Father figure -- "The Empress' American rival" -- Distaff diplomacy -- Command in the Boxer Rebellion -- Alfred's return from China -- The long-delayed visit to america -- Death and solitude -- Epilogue.

"New York City native Mary Esther Lee (1837-1914) first married the Prince von Noer and was created a princess in her own right after his death. She then married Count Alfred von Waldersee. This biography chronicles the life of an American woman whose wealth and influence enabled her to rise to power in the Prussian royal court"--
Baker Berry DD219.W32 H87 2017

Interrogation nation : refugees and spies in Cold War Germany
Allen, Keith R. author
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]
Introduction: Migrants, spies, and security in Cold War Germany -- Part I. Places -- The Allied enclave of West Berlin -- Debriefing in West Germany -- Part II. Personalities -- British initiators : Scientific, Technical and Intelligence Branch -- American liberators : the Counter Intelligence Corps -- West German administrators : the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) -- Part III. Practices -- Westward migration and East Germany's Stasi -- Shared approaches to security questioning -- Conclusion: Refugee screening : the past as prologue -- Appendix: The changing state of archival access.

"Drawing on newly declassified espionage files, Keith R. Allen reveals long-hidden interrogation systems that were set up by Germany's Western occupiers to protect internal security and gather intelligence about the Soviet Union as the Cold War brought millions of refugees and tens of thousands of spies to Germany"--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry DD257.4 .A5886 2017

Antifascist humanism and the politics of cultural renewal in Germany
Agocs, Andreas, author
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; Cambridge University Press, 2017
Introduction: Antifascist humanism and the dual legacies of Weimar -- Part I. Defending the "Other Germany" -- The humanist front : antifascism and culture wars, 1934-9 -- "Otra Alemanias" : antifascist humanism in the diaspora, 1939-44 -- The "other Germany" from below : antifascist committees and national renewal in 1945 -- Part II. Contesting "Other Germanies" -- Antifascism as renewal and restoration : the Cultural League for the Democratic Renewal of Germany, 1945-6 -- Humanism with a socialist face : Sovietization and "ideological coordination" of the Kulturbund, 1946-7 -- The limits of humanism : cultural renewal and the outbreak of the Cold War, 1947-8 -- Mass organization and memory : antifascist humanism in divided Germany, 1948 and beyond -- Conclusion: From the Saar to Salamis.

"Antifascism is usually described as either a political ideology of activists and intellectuals confronting the dictatorships of Hitler and Mussolini, or as a cynical tool that justified the Stalinist expansion of communism in Europe. Andreas Agocs widens our understanding of antifascism by placing it in the context of twentieth-century movements of 'cultural renewal'. He explores the concept of 'antifascist humanism,' the attempt by communist and liberal intellectuals and artists to heal the divisions of Nazism by reviving the 'other Germany' of classical Weimar. This project took intellectual shape in German exile communities in Europe and Latin America during World War II and found its institutional embodiment in the Cultural League for Democratic Renewal in Soviet-occupied Berlin in 1945. During the emerging Cold War, antifascist humanism's uneasy blend of twentieth-century mass politics and cultural nationalism became the focal point of new divisions in occupied Germany and the early German Democratic Republic. This study traces German traditions of cultural renewal from their beginnings in antifascist activism to their failure in the emerging Cold War"--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry DD256.7 .A35 2017

Albert Speer : eine deutsche Karriere
Brechtken, Magnus, author
München : Siedler, 2017
Baker Berry DD247.S63 B72 2017

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