In this collection of essays, which was co-edited with my colleague musicologist Thomas Irvine, we explore the multiple ways in which notions of musicality and ‘Germanness’ have been sutured together at different moments in the C19th and C20th. Revisiting questions posed by Celia Applegate and Pamela Potter in their seminal edited collection of 2002, a group of British, North American, German and Taiwanese scholars explore examples that range from Bruckner to the Berghain nightclub in Berlin.
Haunted City. Nuremberg and the Nazi Past (Yale University Press, 2008).
Nuremberg—a city associated with Nazi excesses, party rallies, and the extreme anti-Semitic propaganda published by Hitler ally Julius Streicher—has struggled since the Second World War to come to terms with the material and moral legacies of Nazism. This book explores how the Nuremberg community has confronted the implications of the genocide in which it participated, while also dealing with the appalling suffering of ordinary German citizens during and after the war.
Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich (Yale University Press, 1998).
What was the relationship between German big business and the Third Reich? To what extent did business leaders collaborate with the Nazis? This book examines the experience of the Daimler-Benz company—one of Germany’s most important armament manufacturers and automobile makers—from its formation in 1926 through the end of World War II. Based on a substantial body of new material from formerly inaccessible East German archives and previously closed Mercedes-Benz AG records, the book reveals for the first time a close association between the car manufacturer and the Nazi system, from 1933 onwards.
How to Read Hitler (Granta, 2014).
Incoherent, obsessive and violent, Hitler’s ideas nonetheless found an audience of millions and led to one of the most horrific and devastating conflicts of the 20th century. Taking two of Hitler’s texts as his starting point, Neil Gregor discusses ‘this second-rate mind of great power’ and helps the reader to understand the nature and popular reception of Hitler’s crude but hugely influential writings.
Nazism. A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2000).
This collection, which is mainly aimed at students, brings together extracts from the most innovative and stimulating studies of Nazism, including many forgotten or ignored older works. It looks at the structure, style of rule, and consequences of National Socialism and explores how successive generations of commentators and historians have sought to explain and understand the origins, nature, impact, and legacy of this regime of unprecedented destructiveness.
Nazism, War and Genocide. New Perspectives on Nazi Germany (Exeter University Press, 2008).
This edited collection brings together a distinguished team of historians of Nazi Germany to offer perspectives based on the latest research in the field. Contributions by Jane Caplan, Norbert Frei, Dick Geary, Robert Gellately, Neil Gregor, Ian Kershaw, Mark Roseman, Jill Stephenson and Nikolaus Wachsmann.
German History from the Margins (Indiana University Press, 2006).
This collection, which was co-edited with my colleagues Mark Roseman and Nils Roemer, offers new ways of thinking about ethnic and religious minorities and other outsiders in modern German history. Many established paradigms of German history are challenged by the contributors’ new and often provocative findings, including evidence of the striking cosmopolitanism of Germany’s 19th-century eastern border communities; German Jewry’s sophisticated appropriation of the discourse of tribe and race; the unexpected absence of antisemitism in Weimar’s campaign against smut; the Nazi embrace of purportedly “Jewish” sexual behavior; and post-war West Germany’s struggles with ethnic and racial minorities despite its avowed liberalism. Germany’s minorities have always been active partners in defining what it is to be German, and even after 1945, despite the legacy of the Nazis’ murderous destructiveness, German society continues to be characterized by ethnic and cultural diversity.