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Felix Bohr

The War Criminals’ Lobby

Immediately after the Second World War, National Socialist war criminals were taken into custody by many Western European countries. Given the Federal Republic of Germany’s links to the West, the majority were released. In Italy and the Netherlands alone, five Germans remained in police custody: SS man Herbert Kappler as the Gestapo commander responsible for the Ardeatine massacre, and the »Breda Four« who had played a significant role in the murder of Dutch Jews. High-ranking German politicians, among them the social democrat German Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt, aided in securing their release.

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Michael Brenner

The Long Shadow of the Revolution

After the First World War, Munich became the scene of unusual political constellations: in November 1918, Kurt Eisner became the first ever Jewish prime minister of a German state, while in April 1919, Jewish writers like Gustav Landauer, Ernst Toller and Erich Mühsam became involved with the Bavarian Soviet Republic. The Jewish community was rather conservative, and even the Orthodox members liked to visit the Hofbräuhaus after going to the synagogue. But the beginning of the ‘20s already saw a Nazi police president, anti-Jewish tendencies in politics, the press and the church as well as Jewish expulsions and open violence against Jewish citizens on the streets.

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Mischa Gabowitsch

Putting Out Putin

The Russian parliamentary elections of December 2011 gave rise to a massive protest movement.

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English world rights (Polity)

Efrat Gal-Ed

No One’s Language

This biography of one of the most important Yiddish poets, the first comprehensive one worldwide, is extraordinary in form and content. The life story of Itzik Manger (1901 – 1969) becomes intertwined with a lively depiction of the Eastern European Yiddish-secular culture in between the World Wars. And appropriately, Gal-Ed’s textual alignment follows the page layout of the Talmud: with a narrative main text, images and explanatory side texts.

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Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

After 1945

How we have become what we are - A journey through time that sheds light on our present day

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Uffa Jensen

The Politics of Rage

If we had a device for measuring the intensity of collective feelings, at the moment it would be in the red: in most of our political debates rational arguments and mutual respect have given way to fury, hate, and anxiety.

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Thomas Kaufmann

History of the Reformation in Germany

The traditional interpretation of history influenced by Protestantism regarded »Luther’s deed« as a liberation from the »dark powers« of the papal church and an »end of the Middle Ages«. However, the late Middle Ages were neither »dark«, nor was Luther a luminous figure.

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French world rights (Labor Et Fides), Korea (Ghil);
Domestic Rights Sales: Bookclub Edition (WBG – published, rights reverted)

Reinhart Koselleck


At the heart of Reinhart Koselleck’s thought stands the history of concepts, the paradigm of which he, the »thinking historian«, as Hans-Georg Gadamer once called him, decisively helped create and used as the foundations for the major encyclopedia of Geschichtlichen Grundbegriffe which he co-edited.

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Reinhart Koselleck

Futures Past

Modernity in the late eighteenth century transformed all domains of European life – intellectual, industrial, and social. Not least affected was the experience of time itself: ever – accelerating change left people with briefer intervals of time in which to gather new experiences and adapt.

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Stefan Kühl

Ordinary Organizations

Why were so many Germans willing to play an active role in the annihilation of the European Jews under the Nazis? This book takes a new explanatory approach with its theory of »ordinary organizations.« For the first time, sociological systems theory has been used to demonstrate how integration in an organization can induce people to do things that would be inconceivable to them outside of the organization.

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English world rights (Polity), Japan (Jimbun Shoin)

Bodo Mrozek

Youth, Rock and Riots

Clamorous sounds, unruly behavior, and colorful fashions: the sonic vocabulary used by contemporaries to describe the new youth scene in the mid-20th century mark a cultural dividing point. Aesthetic conflicts culminated in street riots and produced police measures, censorship, and laws. Spectacular court cases against youths led to negative social clichés of male urban youth: the American juvenile delinquent, the British teddy boy, the French blouson noir and the German halbstarke.

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Norman M. Naimark

Stalin’s Genocides

Many millions of innocent people died under Stalin’s rule. They were shot, starved or died during imprisonment or exile. In his extended essay, Norman M. Naimark narrates the devastating stories of systematic destruction.

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France (L'Arche Editeur), Japan (Misuzu Shobo), Poland (Instytut Pileckiego), Estonia (Tänapäev), Ukraine (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Publishing House)

Doron Rabinovici

Eichmann's Jews

»The question of the collaboration of Jews with the Nazi regime during the persecution and extermination of European Jewry is one of the most difficult and sensitive issues surrounding the Holocaust. How could people be forced to cooperate in their own destruction? Why would they help the Nazi authorities round up their own people for deportation, manage the 'collection points' and supervise the people being deported until the last moment?

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English world rights (Polity), Israel (Yad Vashem Publications)

Lutz Raphael

Beyond Coal and Steel

In the 1970s many western European states were gripped by unprecedented structural transformation: the factories of the old industries disappeared, millions of jobs were lost, previously booming cities were beset by crises, and new social questions determined the political agenda. But what happened to the proud industrial citizen – to his jobs, career path, and residential districts?

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Michail Ryklin

By Right of Being Stronger

In January 2003, the art exhibition »Attention, Religion!« organized in the Sacharov Center in Moscow was trashed. Yet it was not the miscreants who were subject to public despise and legal persecution, but the exhibition organizers and the artists. In a law suit that grabbed the headlines they were accused of »insulting the religious feelings of the Russian people« and threatened with jail sentences.

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Michail Ryklin

Spaces for Celebration

Moscow-based philosopher Michail Ryklin is the most prominent contemporary thinker in Russia, and the only intellectual with an equally intense first-hand knowledge of life in Western culture and in the Russian context. A former assistant to Jacques Derrida in Paris, he is now a professor at the Institute of Philosophy at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

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Philipp Sarasin


1977 saw the Red Army Faction start its »Offensive 77«, the opening of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the launch of Apple II in California – and the invention of the internet. What do these strange simultaneities mean?

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Karl Schlögel

Russian Berlin

Berlin welcomed almost half a million Russian refugees at the beginning of the1920s. In the inter-war period, the city was not only the »stepmother of Russian cities«, but also the secret centre of the world revolution. This is where those totalitarian movements which would mark Europe in the »age of extremes« first ran into one another.

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Peter Sloterdijk

Terror from the Air

According to Peter Sloterdijk, three criteria can be used to characterise the 20th century’s contribution to the history of civilisation as concisely as possible: the practise of terrorism, the concept of design and the idea of the environment. The former put interactions between enemies on post-military foundations; the second helped functionalism reconnect to the perceptual world; the latter was used to interlink phenomena of life and cognition as deeply and profoundly as never before.

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Brigitte Studer

Travellers of the World Revolution

The history of the 20th century cannot be understood without the history of communism. With the Communist International, a revolutionary project took shape in 1919 that was founded on an effectively organised and globally interconnected avantgarde.

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Turkey (Iletisim)