Author: andrew

Better Active than Radioactive! Anti-Nuclear Protest in 1970s France and West Germany

Published with Oxford University Press. During the 1970s, hundreds of thousands of people across Western Europe protested against civil nuclear energy. Nowhere were they more visible than in France and Germany-two countries where environmentalism seems to have diverged greatly since. This volume recovers the shared, transnational history of the early anti-nuclear movement, showing how low-level…
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Binding the Nation, Bounding the State: Germany and its Borders

Review article for German History, examining seventeen recent publications on the borders of Germany and of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Grassroots Transnationalism(s): Franco-German Opposition to Nuclear Energy in the 1970s

Published in Contemporary European History, vol 25, no. 1 (February 2016), 117-142. Abstract: During the 1970s opposition to nuclear energy was present in countries around the world and thus eminently ‘transnational’. But what did it mean to participate at the grassroots of such a transnational movement and (how) did cross-border connections change protest? This article…
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Towards a ‘Europe of Struggles’? Three Visions of Europe in the Early Anti-Nuclear Energy Movement, 1975–79

in Christian Wenkel, Eric Bussière, Anahita Grisoni and Hélène Miard-Delacroix, eds., The Environment and the European Public Sphere: Perceptions, Actors, Policies (Cambridge: White Horse Press, 2020), 124–146. Abstract: During the 1970s, opposition to nuclear energy was structured primarily by local siting decisions related to national nuclear policies. However, the anti-nuclear movement sometimes defined itself as…
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Alle Wege führen nach Gorleben

“Alle Wege führen nach Gorleben: Transnationale Netzwerke der Anti-AKW-Bewegung der 1970er Jahre” in: Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann u.a. (Hg.), Der Gorleben-Treck 1979. Anti-Atom-Protest als soziale Bewegung und demokratischer Lernprozess (= Schriften zur Didaktik der Demokratie, Bd. 5), Göttingen 2020, S. 150–172. Fazit: Für eine dezentrale, lokal verankerte Bewegung wie die Anti-Atomkraft-Bewegung der 1970er Jahre waren transnationale Netzwerke…
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Working the Border: Policing Labor along the Polish-East German Border, 1980-1989

Project outline presented for DAAD PRIME seminar in Bonn. See also the page devoted to this research project.

Solidarity, Sabotage, Students: Protest in Europe, 1968-89

I designed and teach this year-long special subject, which examines the history of Europe in the second half of the twentieth century through the prism of those social movements that contested local, national, and international political decision-making throughout the period.

Review: Milder, Greening Democracy

Reviewed for H-German (August 2020). Summary: Throughout Greening Democracy, Milder stresses that antinuclear activism was about more than the Greens and that it did more than just bring ’68ers into the fold of liberal, parliamentary democracy. These are welcome arguments, and Milder misses no opportunity to show how people of different generations and with no…
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« L’électro-fascisme n’a pas de frontière ! » : Histoire croisée du mouvement anti-nucléaire en France et en RFA, 1968-1981

Présentation à L’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), dans le cadre du séminaire « Acteurs et mouvements sociaux », coordonné par Gerd-Rainer HORN, le 2 décembre 2019. Dans les années 1970, l’opposition à l’énergie nucléaire était un mouvement transnational, présent dans plusieurs pays dans le monde. Mais, pour les acteurs mobilisés à la base, qu’est-ce que…
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Europäisierung im Alltag: Grenzüberschreitungen an Rhein und Oder nach 1945

Vortrag beim Kolloquium Globalgeschichte (Lehrstuhl Iris Schröder), Historisches Seminar der Universität Erfurt und Forschungszentrum Gotha, 28. November 2019.