Category: Publications

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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„Unter vorläufiger französischer Verwaltung“: Staatsterritorium, Grundbesitz und die Grenzen des Deutschen Reiches in der westlichen Bundesrepublik

Veröffentlicht im Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte 49. 2021, S. 174-216. Auszug: In vielen Fragen der Nachkriegsordnung waren Ost und West in der Politik der Bundesrepublik engstens verflochten. Der Fall des sequestrierten deutschen Vermögens in Frankreich und der „Annektierung“ des Mundatwaldes in der Pfalz zeigt in extremis, wie Fragen der verlorenen Ostgebiete auch die…
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Rezension: Gerst et al., Grenzforschung

Rezensiert für H-Soz-u-Kult (18.11.2021). Zusammenfassung: Die Beiträge eignen sich am besten zur eigenständigen Lektüre der einzelnen Themen, die allerdings klar mit übergeordneten Fragen verbunden sind. Entsprechend dem Ansatz der Herausgeber:innen, die Bandbreite der Grenzforschung vor allem in theoretischer und methodischer Hinsicht darzustellen, überwiegen insgesamt Perspektiven aus Soziologie und Anthropologie; weitere Disziplinen wie Geschichts-, Rechts-, Wirtschafts-,…
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Review: Augustine, Taking on Technocracy

Reviewed for German Studies Review 44 (1), 2021 (pp. 208-210). Summary: Taking on Technocracy covers a broad range of developments in the domains of technology, policy, and protest, analyzing them with nuance in the different contexts of East and West Germany. For those wanting to understand why the issue of nuclear power has remained such…
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Generating Post-Modernity: Nuclear Energy Opponents and the Future in the 1970s

Published in European Review of History / Revue européenne d’histoire 28 (4), 2021, pp. 507-530. Abstract: During the 1970s, industrialised society seemed to be on the cusp of sweeping change, moving away from the Fordist ‘modern’ era and into an undefined ‘post-modern’ future. To contemporaries in France and West Germany, arguably nothing symbolized this uncertainty…
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Review: Eckert, West Germany and the Iron Curtain

Reviewed for German History (2021, forthcoming). Summary: West Germany and the Iron Curtain is an ambitious re-examination of German history from its literal margins. Eckert’s methodologically innovative analysis not only straddles the East-West divide but interrogates 1945 and 1989/90 as chronological caesuras. Refracted through the environmental history of these borderlands, Germany’s political, social, and cultural…
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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. See a review of this book here. Abstract: During the 1970s, opposition to nuclear energy was structured primarily by local siting decisions related to national nuclear policies. However,…
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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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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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Binding the Nation, Bounding the State: Germany and its Borders

Review article for German History Vol. 37, No. 1 (2019), examining seventeen recent publications on the borders of Germany and of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.