Eagle Glassheim's first book, Noble Nationalists: The Transformation of the Bohemian Aristocracy, was published by Harvard University Press in 2005. His current book, Cleansing the Czechoslovak Borderlands, was published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2016. Ongoing research interests include the environmental history of the “Black Triangle,” an industrial and coal mining region spanning Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany; the history of dissent; the history of Central European spas; and the history of the 1970s.
Interview with Eagle Glassheim on Coal, Communism, and the Czechoslovak Borderlands.
Interview on Most: The Town that Moved.
Introduction to Cleansing the Czechoslovak Borderlands.
Glassheim reviews 'Mit unbestechlichem Blick ... Studien von Hans Lemberg zur Geschichte der bohmische Lander und der Tschechoslowakei' by Hans Lemberg.
This course will introduce you to major themes in twentieth-century German history and historiography. We will examine continuities and discontinuities in German development from the Empire through World War I and the Weimar Republic, with a special emphasis on the causes of the breakdown of Weimar democracy and the rise of Hitler's National Socialism. The course will then turn to the Nazi revolution in politics and society, focusing on the place of racism, anti-Semitism and anti-Communism in Nazi ideology and practice. We will look at how Nazi ideology combined with the structure of the Nazi state and the cover of the Second World War to produce the unique horror of the Holocaust. The total defeat of Germany in 1945 and its subsequent reconstruction as two states again raises the question of continuities and discontinuities. We will trace the divergent, but linked histories of democratic West Germany and the Communist East, concluding with the dramatic fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and subsequent reunification of the two states.
This course offers a survey of European history from the beginning of the twentieth century to the aftermath of the Second World War. The brief 50-year period covered by this course begins with Europe as the seat of numerous global empires and proceeds to encompass the First World War, the challenges to democracy and emergence of collectivist ideologies during the interwar era, the Second World War, and the beginnings of the unexpected postwar recovery. The course will pay close attention to the variety of source materials which historians use in order to understand this turbulent epoch of European history.
There will be two lectures each week. In addition, each student will attend a weekly tutorial discussion. Evaluation will be based on written assignments, examinations, and participation in the weekly tutorials.