“Europe in the World, 1914-40: Race, Colony, and Empire” with Geoff Eley

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Location: Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

“Europe in the World, 1914-40: Race, Colony, and Empire” 

Geoff Eley is the Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Michigan. He studied History at the Balliol College, University of Oxford and received his D.Phil from the University of Sussex in 1974. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the Department of History since 1979 and the Department of German Studies since 1997.

Eley's early work focused on the radical nationalism in Imperial Germany and fascism, but has since grown to include theoretical and methodological reflections on historiography and the history of the political left in Europe. Eley is particularly well known for his early study, The Peculiarities of German History, co-authored with David Blackbourn (a fellow Briton, who now teaches at Vanderbilt University), which challenged the orthodoxy in German social history known as the Sonderweg thesis. His most successful book is Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000, which has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian, Korean, Turkish and Greek. Recently, he published a collection of essays on fascism called Nazism as Fascism: Violence, Ideology, and the Ground of Consent in Germany, 1930-1945 with Routledge Press.