Outside the Academy: Transatlantic HistoriesMonday, October 28, 2019 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a reading and conversation with history professors Philipp Stelzel (Duquesne University) and Molly Warsh (University of Pittsburgh) as part of our Outside the Academy Lecture Series. They will share their newly released books, their research, and answer audience questions.
A comprehensive account of how German and American historians after World War II tackled the question of the roots of National Socialism, History after Hitler traces the development of a transatlantic scholarly community as a key part of the intellectual history of the Federal Republic and of Cold War German-American relations.History after Hitler makes the case that, together, German and American historians contributed to the development of postwar German culture, intellectual life, and national self-understanding.
American Baroque charts Spain’s exploitation of Caribbean pearl fisheries to trace the genesis of its global maritime empire. Warsh blends environmental, social, and cultural history to construct microhistories of peoples’ wide-ranging engagement with this deceptively simple jewel. Pearls facilitated imperial fantasy and personal ambition, adorned the wardrobes of monarchs and financed their wars, and played a crucial part in the survival strategies of diverse people of humble means. These stories, taken together, uncover early modern conceptions of wealth, from the hardscrabble shores of Caribbean islands to the lavish rooms of Mediterranean palaces.
Philipp Stelzel is an assistant professor in Duquesne University’s history department, where
teaches courses on twentieth century Europe and transatlantic relations. Before joining Duquesne in 2014, he taught at Boston College and Duke University. His research focuses on post-1945 German and German-American intellectual and political history, as well as transnational history. History after Hitler is his first book.
Molly Warsh is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, she spent three years on the History faculty at Texas A&M University, during which time she also held a two-year NEH postdoctoral fellowship at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture in Williamsburg, VA. In addition to American Baroque, Dr. Warsh is the author of a co-edited anthology of collected essays, Early North America in Global Perspective, as well as numerous articles.