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Law in West German Democracy

Seventy Years of History as Seen Through German Courts


Hugh Ridley

Law in West German Democracy relates the history of the Federal Republic of Germany as seen through a series of significant trials conducted between 1947 and 2017, explaining how these trials came to take place, the legal issues which they raised, and their importance to the development of democracy in a country slowly emerging from a murderous and criminal régime. It thus illustrates the central issues of the new republic. If, as a Minister for Justice once remarked, crime can be seen as ‘the reverse image of any political system, the shadow cast by the social and economic structures of the day’, it is natural to use court cases to illuminate the eventful history of the Federal Republic’s first seventy years.

Science, (Anti-)Communism and Diplomacy

The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in the Early Cold War


Edited by Alison Kraft and Carola Sachse

From 1957 onwards, the Pugwash Conferences brought together elite scientists from across ideological and political divides to work towards disarmament. Through a series of national case studies - Austria, China, Czechoslovakia, East and West Germany, the US and USSR – this volume offers a critical reassessment of the development and work of “Pugwash” nationally, internationally, and as a transnational forum for Track II diplomacy. This major new collection of work reveals the difficulties that Pugwash scientists encountered as they sought to reach across the blocs, create a channel for East-West dialogue and realize on the project’s founding aim of influencing state actors. Uniquely, the book affords a sense of the contingent and contested process by which the network-like organization took shape around the conferences.

Contributors are Gordon Barrett, Matthew Evangelista, Silke Fengler, Alison Kraft, Fabian Lüscher, Doubravka Olšáková, Geoffrey Roberts, Paul Rubinson, and Carola Sachse.


Edited by Karin Priem and Frederik Herman

Fabricating Modern Societies: Education, Bodies, and Minds in the Age of Steel, edited by Karin Priem and Frederik Herman, offers new interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives on the history of industrialization and societal transformation in early twentieth-century Luxembourg. The individual chapters focus on how industrialists addressed a large array of challenges related to industrialization, borrowing and mixing ideas originating in domains such as corporate identity formation, mediatization, scientification, technological innovation, mechanization, capitalism, mass production, medicalization, educationalization, artistic production, and social utopia, while competing with other interest groups who pursued their own goals. The book looks at different focus areas of modernity, and analyzes how humans created, mediated, and interacted with the technospheres of modern societies. Contributors: Klaus Dittrich, Irma Hadzalic, Frederik Herman, Enric Novella, Ira Plein, Françoise Poos, Karin Priem, and Angelo Van Gorp.

Perspectives on Evil

From Banality to Genocide


Edited by Kanta Dihal

The question of evil is one of the oldest and most intensely studied topics in intellectual history. In fiction, legend and mythology the boundary between good and evil is often depicted as clear-cut, at least to the reader or listener, who is supposed to understand such tales as lessons and warnings. Evil is something that must be avoided by the hero in some cases and vanquished in others; it is either the exact opposite of the expected good behaviour, or its complete absence. Even so, for the characters in these didactic fictions, it turns out to be deceptively easy to fall to the infernal, ‘dark’ side. The chapters in this volume share a common thread – they all engage with ‘real’ evil: events and deeds of an evil nature that have been lived in the (recent) past and have become part of history, rather than fictional evil.

Neutrality as a Policy Choice for Small/Weak Democracies

Learning from the Belgian Experience

Michael F. Palo

In Neutrality as a Policy Choice for Small/Weak Democracies: Learning from the Belgian Experience, Michael F. Palo has three main objectives. First, he employs a counterfactual approach to examine the hypothesis that had permanent neutrality not been imposed on Belgium in 1839, it would have pursued neutrality anyway until war broke out in 1914. Secondly, he analyses why, after abandoning obligatory neutrality during World War I, the Belgians adopted voluntary neutrality in October 1936. Finally, he seeks to use the historical Belgian case study to test specific International Relations’ Theories and to contribute to Small State Studies, especially the behaviour of small/weak democracies in the international system.

Attributing Excellence in Medicine

The History of the Nobel Prize


Edited by Nils Hansson, Thorsten Halling and Heiner Fangerau

Attributing Excellence in Medicine discusses the aura around the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It analyzes the social processes and contingent factors leading to recognition and reputation in science and medicine. This volume will help the reader to better understand the dynamics of the attribution of excellence throughout the 20th century.

Contributors are Massimiano Bucchi, Fabio De Sio, Jacalyn Duffin, Heiner Fangerau, Thorsten Halling, Nils Hansson, David S. Jones, Gustav Källstrand, Ulrich Koppitz, Pauline Mattsson, Katarina Nordqvist, Scott H. Podolsky, Thomas Schlich, and Sven Widmalm.


Edited by Dominik Geppert and Hans-Peter Schwarz

Konrad Adenauer und Ludwig Erhard – zwei »ungleiche Gründerväter« der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, die gemeinsam eine Ära prägten, sich dann aber über die Ausrichtung der Europapolitik zerstritten und einen erbitterten »Kampf ums Kanzleramt« lieferten, der in völliger Zerrüttung endete.

Neben diesem großen Drama verblasst ein wenig die Tatsache, dass ihre alltägliche Zusammenarbeit vor allem von den Fachfragen des Wirtschaftsressorts bestimmt wurde. Genau hierauf richtet die neue Adenauer-Erhard-Edition in der »Rhöndorfer Ausgabe« ihr Augenmerk, indem sie Briefe, Memoranden und Gesprächsaufzeichnungen versammelt, die sich auf die Wirtschaftspolitik im engeren Sinne beziehen. Behandelt werden ordnungspolitische Grundsatzfragen wie die Kartellgesetzgebung, die Mitbestimmung und die Regelung der Sozialpartner-Beziehungen. Die Dokumente geben aber auch Aufschluss über praktische und prinzipielle Aspekte der Konjunkturpolitik – etwa die Maßnahmen zur Sicherung des Wachstums, die Einhegung der Lohn- und Preisentwicklung sowie die Debatte um die gesellschaftlichen Folgen des Konsums.

Es zeigt sich, wie das Konzept der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft in der politischen Praxis ausgehandelt wurde. Somit wirft die Edition nicht nur einen neuen Blick auf das Verhältnis zwischen Adenauer und Erhard, sondern erschließt aus deren Perspektive auch die Frühgeschichte der bundesrepublikanischen Wirtschaftspolitik.

Albert Speer

Aufstieg und Fall eines Mythos

Wolfgang Schroeter

Albert Speer – der „gute Nazi“: Dieser selbst inszenierte Mythos prägte entscheidend die bundesdeutsche Nachkriegsgeschichte. Wenn nicht einmal Hitlers Stararchitekt und Rüstungsminister etwas vom Holocaust gewusst haben wollte, konnten sich Millionen von Kriegsteilnehmern entlastet fühlen.

Wolfgang Schroeter begibt sich auf die Spuren der Entstehung und Wirkungsgeschichte des Speer-Mythos. Wie war er selbst an dessen Erschaffung beteiligt? Wer unterstützte und wer entlarvte ihn? Erstmals verfolgt der Autor den Wandel des Speer-Bildes über die Generationen. Während die Kriegs- und Flakhelfergeneration Speer heroisierte, revoltierten die „68er“ später dagegen. Doch trotz seiner radikalen Entzauberung in aktuellen Bestsellern und Ausstellungen lebt Speer heute weiter – nicht mehr als Identifikationsfigur, sondern als Ikone der Popkultur.


Edited by Niklas Bernsand and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

In Cultural and Political Imaginaries in Putin’s Russia scholars scrutinise developments in official symbolical, cultural and social policies as well as the contradictory trajectories of important cultural, social and intellectual trends in Russian society after the year 2000. Engaging experts on Russia from several academic fields, the book offers case studies on the vicissitudes of cultural policies, political ideologies and imperial visions, on memory politics on the grassroot as well as official levels, and on the links between political and national imaginaries and popular culture in fields as diverse as fashion design and pro-natalist advertising. Contributors are Niklas Bernsand, Lena Jonson, Ekaterina Kalinina, Natalija Majsova, Olga Malinova, Alena Minchenia, Elena Morenkova-Perrier, Elena Rakhimova-Sommers, Andrei Rogatchevski, Tomas Sniegon, Igor Torbakov, Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, and Yuliya Yurchuk.

Europe and China in the Cold War

Exchanges Beyond the Bloc Logic and the Sino-Soviet Split


Edited by Janick Marina Schaufelbuehl, Marco Wyss and Valeria Zanier

Europe and China in the Cold War studies Sino-European relations from the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949 to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Based on new multi-archival research, the international authorship presents and analyses diplomatic and personal relationships between Europe and China at the political, economic, military, cultural, and technological levels.
In going beyond existing historiography, the book comparatively focuses on the relations of both Eastern and Western Europe with the PRC, and adopts a global history approach that also includes non-state and transnational actors. This will allow the reader to learn that the bloc logic and the Sino-Soviet split were indeed influential, yet not all-determining factors in the relations between Europe and China.