Stetson University

Eric Kurlander

Professor and Chair of History

Eric Kurlander teaches classes on modern German, European and world history. His recent book, Living With Hitler (Yale, 2009), examines the ways in which German liberals negotiated, resisted and in some ways accommodated the Third Reich. His first book, The Price of Exclusion: Ethnicity, National Identity, and the Decline of German Liberalism, 1898-1933 (Berghahn, 2006), describes how ethnic nationalist ideology gradually undermined the liberal parties in late-Imperial and Weimar Germany. His articles have appeared in Central European History, The Journal of Contemporary History, The Historian, The Catalog of the German Historical Institute, Ethnopolitics, and European Review of History. Kurlander has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the German Historical Institute; the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); the Krupp Foundation; and Harvard University's Program for the Study of Germany and Europe.

His current projects include a textbook, The West in Question: Continuity and Change (forthcoming, Pearson-Longman), and Nazi Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich.

Education

  • Ph.D., modern European history; Harvard University
  • M.A., modern European history; Harvard University
  • B.A., history and English; Bowdoin College

Course Topics

  • Baseball: A Social and Cultural History of the United States
  • Das Dritte Reich: Auf- und Niedergang (The Third Reich: Rise and Fall), 1919-1945
  • "Die Weltanschauung des Nationalsozialismus": Eine ubernatuliche Geschichte des dritten Reichs (The Ideology of National Socialism: A Supernatural History)
  • Empire, Nation and Identity (Seminar)
  • Germany in War and Revolution: From the Second Empire to the Third Reich (Seminar)
  • History of Germany, 1770 - Present
  • Modern Europe, 1789-1989
  • Modern Western Civilization
  • Nazi Germany: History, Politics and Culture
  • Our Monsters, Ourselves: A Supernatural History of Self and Society (Seminar)
  • Research Apprenticeship (Independent Study)
  • Senior Project
  • Teaching Apprenticeship
  • The Age of Extremes: Class, Politics, and Ideology, 1914-1989 (Junior Seminar)
  • The French Revolution: Enlightenment, Terror, and Napoleon (Seminar)
  • The Holocaust (Seminar)
  • The West in Question (First Year Seminar)
  • World War II: A Global History

Research Interests

  • Modern German and European politics, culture, and society, 1870-1945, with a particular emphasis on liberalism, nationalism, and anti-Semitism in Wilhelmine, Weimar, and Nazi Germany.

Selected Publications

Books

  • Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich. New Haven and London: Yale University Press (under contract).
  • The West in Question: Continuity and Change. v. II New York: Pearson/Prentice Hall (under contract).
  • Monica Black and Eric Kurlander, eds., The Nazi Soul Between Science and Religion: Revisiting the Occult Roots and Legacies of Nazism. Elizabethtown, NY: Camden House (Boydell and Brewer) (under contract).
  • Joanne Miyang Cho, Eric Kurlander and Douglas McGetchin, eds., Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India: Kindred Spirits in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. New York and London: Routledge (forthcoming, 2014).
  • Living With Hitler: Liberal Democrats in the Third Reich, 1933-1945. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009.
  • The Price of Exclusion: Ethnicity, National Identity and the Decline of German Liberalism, 1898-1933. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2006.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Hitler's Supernatural Sciences: Astrology, Anthroposophy, and World Ice Theory," in Monica Black and Eric Kurlander, eds., The Nazi Soul Between Science and Religion: Revisiting the Occult Roots of Nazism. Elizabethtown, NY: Camden House (Boydell & Brewer) (under contract).
  • "Liberalism in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918," in Matthew Jeffries, ed., Ashgate Research Companion to Imperial Germany. London: Ashgate (forthcoming).
  • "The Orientalist Roots of National Socialism? Nazism, Occultism, and South Asian Spirituality, 1919-1945," in Joanne Miyang Cho, Eric Kurlander and Douglas McGetchin, eds., Transcultural Encounters between Germany and India: Kindred Spirits in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, New York and London, Routledge (forthcoming).
  • "Between Weimar's Horrors and Hitler's Monsters: The Politics of Race, Nationalism, and Cosmopolitanism in Hanns Heinz Ewers Supernatural Imaginary,'" in Rainer Godel, Erdmut Jost und Barry Murnane, eds. Zwischen Popularisierung und Ästhetisierung? Hanns Heinz Ewers und die Moderne. Bielefeld, Moderne Studien (Aisthesis), 2013 (forthcoming).
  • "Hitler's Monsters: The Occult Roots of Nazism and the Emergence of the Nazi 'Supernatural Imaginary,'" German History, v. 30, nr. 4 (December 2012), pp. 528-549.
  • "Between Völkisch and Universal Visions of Empire: Liberal Imperialism in Mitteleuropa, 1890-1918." Matthew Fitzpatrick, ed., Liberal Imperialism in Europe, London: Palgrave, 2012, pp. 141-166.
  • "Violence, Volksgemeinschaft and Empire: Interpreting the Third Reich in the Twenty-First Century," Journal of Contemporary History, 46 (October 2011), nr. 4, pp. 920-934.
  • "Between Detroit and Moscow: A Left Liberal Third Way in the Third Reich" Central European History, v. 44, nr. 2 (May 2011), pp. 279-307.
  • "'I Am No Anti-Semite, but I Am Also No Jew': Liberalism and The 'Jewish Question' in the Third Reich." Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, nr. 42, Spring 2008, pp. 49-63.
  • "Otto Scheel." Ingo Haar und Michael Fahlbusch, eds., Handbuch der völkischen Wissenschaft. Munich: K.G. Saur, 2008, pp. 614-619.

Book Reviews

  • Review Essay of Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle, Was Hitler Ill? Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013; Abraham Ascher, Was Hitler a Riddle? (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012; Jochen Thies, Hitler's Plans for Global Domination. New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2012; and Lorna Waddington, Hitler's Crusade London: I. B. Tauris, 2009, in the Journal of Modern History (forthcoming, 2014).
  • David Wetzel, A Duel of Nations: Germany, France, and the Diplomacy of the War of 1870-1871 Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Central European History, v. 46, nr. 3 (2013).
  • Richard Weikart, Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. German Studies Review, v. 36, nr. 2, May 2013.
  • Tobias Schmidt-Degenhard, Vermessen und Vernichten: Der NS-"Zigeunerforscher" Robert Ritter. Tubingen: Contubernium. German History, v. 30, nr. 4, (December 2012).
  • Anna von der Goltz, Hindenburg. Power, Myth and the Rise of the Nazis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. The Historian, v. 74, nr. 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 179-181.
  • Ann Goldberg, Honor, Politics and the Law in Imperial Germany, 1871-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Central European History, v. 44, nr. 4 (2011), pp. 741-742.
  • Angelika Schaser/S. Schueler-Springorum (ed.), Liberalismus und Emanzipation. In- und Exklusionsprozesse im Kaiserreich und in der Weimarer Republik, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2010. L'Homme: European Journal of Feminist History, v. 22 (December 2011), nr. 2, pp. 165-167.
  • Peter Thaler, Of Mind and Matter: The Duality of National Identity in the German-Danish Borderlands. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press. 2009. Central European History, v. 43, nr. 3 (August 2010), pp. 519-521.
  • "A German Liberal Mugged By Reality." Review of Andreas Wesemann, ed., Chronicle of a Downfall: Germany 1929-1939. Leopold Schwarzschild, London: Tauris, 2010. Literary Review, October 2010, pp. 9-11.
  • Hermann Beck, The Fateful Alliance. German Conservatives and Nazis in 1933: The Machtergreifung in a New Light. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008. European History Quarterly, v. 40 (2010), nr. 3, pp. 503-505.
  • "The Law of the Jungle." Review article of Christian Hilger, Rechtsstaatsbegriffe im Dritten Reich. Eine Strukturanalyse. Tubingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2003. H-Net, East Lansing: MSU, February 2010, pp. 1-3.
  • "The Personal is Historical." Review article of Volker Depkat, Lebenswenden und Zeitwenden. Deutsche Politiker und die Erfahrungen. Munchen: Oldenbourg, 2007, EUR 33.00. H-Net, East Lansing: Michigan State University, November 2009, pp. 1-3.
  • Larry Frohman, Poor Relief and Welfare in Germany from the Reformation to World War I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Central European History, v. 42, nr. 4 (December 2009), pp. 766-768.
  • "In Search of a 'Rational' Republic." Review article of Andreas Wirsching/Jurgen Eder (ed.) Vernunftrepublikanismus in der Weimarer Republik. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2008. H-Net, East Lansing: Michigan State University, March 2009, pp. 1-3.
  • Review of the Panel, "Borders and Border Issues in Central Europe," held at the 2008 Convention of the German Studies Association in St. Paul, MN, October 2-5, 2008. H-Net, East Lansing: Michigan State University, October 2008, pp. 1-3.
  • Lars Fischer, The Socialist Response to Antisemitism in Imperial Germany. German Politics and Society, v. 26, No. 1, Spring 2008, pp. 122-127.

Selected Papers, Invited Lecturers and Panels

  • "Is Pseudowissenschaft still a useful concept in explaining German History during the first half of the Twentieth Century?" Delivered at the sixth annual Southeast German Studies Workshop. University of Tennessee-Knoxville, March 6-8, 2013.
  • "Revisiting the Occult Roots of Nazism: Hitler's 'Supernatural Imaginary' and the Wilhelmine Esoteric Milieu, 1889-1919." Delivered at the 2012 Convention of the German Studies Association in Milwaukee, WI, October 4-7, 2012.
  • Co-Organizer of the panel, "The German Occult (4): Revisiting Wilhelmine Esotericism and the Occult Roots of Nazism," at the 2012 Convention of the German Studies Association in Milwaukee, WI, October 4-7, 2012.
  • Commentator on the panel, "Asian German Studies (5): Syncretism and Anti-Colonialism in German-Indian Encounters, 1890s to 1920s," at the 2012 Convention of the German Studies Association in Milwaukee, WI, October 4-7, 2012.
  • "The Metaphysic of Dunces: Nazism, Occultism, and the Decline of American Democracy." Delivered to the Stetson Workgroup on Human Rights, Social Justice, and Democracy, September 19, 2012.
  • "Hitler's Monsters: Toward a Supernatural History of the Third Reich." Paper Delivered at the Research Colloquium of the Abteilung Geschichte, Pädagogische Hochschule, Freiburg, 10 July 2012, Freiburg, Germany.
  • "Nazi Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich." Paper Delivered at the Research Colloquium of the Historisches Seminar (Prof. Dr. Sylvia Paletschek), Albrecht-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, 22 May 2012, Freiburg, Germany.
  • Commentator on the panel, "Nationalisms: Bound and Unbound," at the 2011 Convention of the German Studies Association in Louisville, KY, September 22-25, 2011.
  • "The Orientalist Roots of National Socialism? Asian Religion, Occultism, and the Nazi Supernatural Imaginary." Delivered at the 2011 Convention of the German Studies Association in Louisville, KY, September 22-25, 2011.
  • Organizer of the panel, "Asian-German Studies (2): Post-Colonial Fantasies? German Orientalism, Anti-Imperialism, and Nazi Perceptions of Asia, 1919-1939," at the 2011 Convention of the German Studies Association in Louisville, KY, September 22-25, 2011.
  • "Nazi Monsters: Toward A Supernatural History of Violence and Criminality in the Second World War, 1942-1945." Paper delivered at the conference, "Re-thinking the Monstrous: Violence and Criminality in Society" at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany, 1-3 July, 2011.
  • "Religion, Occultism, and the Nazi 'Supernatural Imaginary.'" Delivered at the fourth annual Southeast German Studies Workshop. Georgia State (Atlanta), February 24-25, 2011.
  • "A 'Special Path' Less Traveled: Liberals, Nazi Occultists, and The (Dis)continuities of German History." Phi Alpha Theta-sponsored lecture, delivered at the Univesity of Central Florida, November 18, 2010.
  • "Hitler's Magicians' Controversy: Superstition, The Occult, and the Campaign for "Enlightenment" in the Third Reich." Delivered at the 2010 Convention of the Southern Historical Association in Charlotte, NC, November 4-7, 2010.
  • "The Occult Roots of Nazism and the Emergence of the Nazi Supernatural Imaginary, 1919-1924." Delivered at the 2010 Convention of the German Studies Association in Oakland, CA, October 6-9, 2010.
  • Organizer of the panel, "Werewolves, Bloodrinkers, and Nazi Occultists: A Supernatural History of Violence and German Modernity, 1920-1950," at the 2010 Convention of the German Studies Association in Oakland, CA, October 6-9, 2010.
  • "Mit Hitler leben. Liberale Demokraten zwischen Anpassung und Widerstand." Invited lecture delivered at the Theodor-Heuss Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany, 21 June 2010.
  • "Nazism and The Undead: Race, Sexuality, and Cosmopolitanism in the Work of H.H. Ewers." Delivered at the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. March 17-21, 2010, Orlando, FL.
  • "Nazi Cosmopolitanism and the "Supernatural Imaginary. Post-Colonial Conceptions of German Identity in the Third Reich?" Delivered at the third annual Southeast German Studies Workshop. Georgia State (Atlanta), March 11-12, 2010.
  • "Living With Hitler: The Janus-Face of Liberal Resistance and Accommodation in the Third Reich." Invited Pauley Lecture delivered at the University of Central Florida, January 25, 2010.

Eric Kurlander

Faculty Expert

  • Modern European politics, culture, and society, with a particular emphasis on Germany and France
  • Nazi Germany, and the Second World War
  • The First World War
  • French Revolution
  • American political, social, and cultural history, popular culture and sports (Baseball) in particular

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