Conference Group for Central European History
Fall 1998

Dear Colleagues,

The business meeting of the Conference Group will take place during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, D.C., Thursday, January 7 to Sunday, January 10, 1999.  The business meeting will convene Saturday, January 9, 1999, at 5:00 p.m. in Room  8219 of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (formerly the Sheraton).  Business to be conducted includes the election of new officers of the Conference Group and the announcement of the winner of this year’s book prize. In 2000, the Conference Group will once again award its article prize.
Immediately following the business meeting, the Conference Group will hold its annual Bierabend, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Colorado Room, a two-three minute walk from Room 8219.  I hope many of you will attend and look forward to seeing you in Washington.
Please note that the above times for the business meeting and the Bierabend represent a change from past practice.  The new times were adopted on an experimental basis, to free the Saturday evening for other activities and to learn whether the new time will increase attendance.

Kees Gispen

1999 AHA meeting
   Joint session of the CGCEH and the AHA
   Other AHA sessions of interest to member of CGCEH
   Call for papers for the AHA meeting in the year 2000
Conference Group for Central European History
   New publisher for Central European History
   Archives Committee
   Nominations to the Executive Board
   Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar

Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association

Joint Session of the CGCEH and the AHA

The joint session of the Conference Group and the AHA will take place from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 9, in the Marriott Hotel, Balcony B, Marriott Ballroom

Session 100: Religion, Gender and Social Conflict in the Holy Roman Empire

Chair: David Luebke, University of Oregon

Church and Piety as Arenas of Conflict in the Early Modern German Village
Heide Wunder, Universität-Gesamthochschule Kassel

Pilgrimage and Social Conflict in Eighteenth-Century Germany
Rebekka Habermas, Universität Bielefeld

Confessional Identity and the Territorial Church in Protestant Germany
Robert von Friedeburg, Universität Bielefeld

Comment: Marc R. Forster, Connecticut College

Other AHA Sessions with Central European Themes

(A complete description of each AHA session, including those listed below, can be found at the following address:

Society for Austrian and Habsburg History
Fr. 2:30–4:30 p.m., Marriott, Roosevelt Room.
The Fate of the Public Intellectual in Contemporary East-Central Europe
Chair: James Shedel, Georgetown University
Panel: Bradley Abrams, Columbia University
          Maria Bucur, Indiana University
          Brian Porter, University of Michigan

Off-Site Session
Workshop: The Holocaust
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Museum Classroom, Concourse Level

Co-sponsored by the AHA Teaching Division

Session I. 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Teaching about the Holocaust
Staff of the Division of Education,
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Session II. 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Artifacts and Archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Staff of the Division of Collections,
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Participants in each session (maximum 50) will receive a pass to the museum’s permanent exhibition and will be able to visit other special exhibitions. In Session I, "Teaching about the Holocaust," staff of the museum’s Education Division will discuss Holocaust education in the United States, present information on museum programs and resources for educators, demonstrate a variety of museum materials, and present an overview of teaching guidelines and questions of methodology to consider. For Session II, "Artifacts and Archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum," staff of the Division of Collections will present information about the museum’s artifacts and its archival collections, including photo, film and video, oral history, and library. Presenters will discuss the acquisition of materials and plans for future collections. Participants will receive instructions for a self-guided visit of the library and various archives.

Directions: Take the Red Line to Metro Center. Walk downstairs and take the Blue or Orange Line two stops to Smithsonian Station. Exit the Metro via Independence Avenue. Turn left and walk to 15th Street. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is across the street, the second building in from Independence Avenue. Allow 35 minutes travel time.

Session 49. Academics and the Mediation of Culture in the Postwar Germanies
Fr. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Marriott, Johnson Room

Chair: Ingrid Schenk Cannon, Georgia State University
Cultural Capital versus Capitalist Culture: The Public Personae of East German Professors, 1945–61
Kristian Blaich, Emory University
Humboldt’s Indian Summer: Uses of the German University Ideal, 1945–48
Craig Pepin, Duke University
Catharsis and Renewal: Postwar German Intellectuals  and the Nazi Past
Mark W. Clark, Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia
Georg Iggers, State University of New York at Buffalo

Session 74.  Comparative Studies of Ethnic Cleansing in the Twentieth Century: East Central Europe, 1945–48
Sa. 9:30 a.m., Marriott, Maryland Suite A
Chair: Charles Ingrao, Purdue University
The Century of Ethnic Cleansing: Forced Migration in Central and Eastern Europe, 1912–95
Philipp Ther, Freie Universität Berlin, Zentrum für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas
Comparing the Expulsion of Germans from East Prussia and Lower Silesia, 1945–46
Claudia Kraft, University of Marburg
Postwar Chaos and the Cleansing of the Czechoslovak Borderlands, 1945–46
Eagle Glassheim, Columbia University

Roy Gutman, Newsday

Session 76.  Military Opposition and Resistance in Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan
Sa. 9:30 a.m.,
Marriott, Balcony C, Marriott Ballroom
Chair:  John Fout, Bard College
General Ludwig Beck: Between Loyalty and Resistance
Peter Hoffmann, McGill University
Escaping Death: Opposition and Resistance within the Japanese Army
Theodore Cook, William Paterson College
Heroes of the Resistance or Traitors to the Reich? German Deserters in World War II
Steven Welch, University of Melbourne
Kathy Williams, Bronx Community College, City University of New York

Saturday Luncheon. AHA Modern European History Section
Sa. 12:15-1:45 p.m., Marriott, Marshall Room
Presiding:  John Toews, University of Washington, section chair
            James Cronin, Boston College, section secretary-treasurer
Holocaust History and Survivor Memories: Studying the Starachowice Labor Camp
Christopher Browning, Pacific Lutheran University

The luncheon is open to all. Tickets can be purchased at the annual meeting at the meal ticket cashier’s window or at the door. Individuals who only want to hear the speech are invited to arrive at 1:00 p.m.

Session 89. The Heimat Abroad: The Boundaries of Germanness
Sa. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Marriott, Taft Room
Chair: Alon Confino, University of Virginia
Home, Nation, Empire: Domestic Germanness and Citizenship in Colonial Southwest Africa
Krista O’Donnell, William Paterson College
The Imagined Hausfrau: German Women and National Identity in Africa and Eastern Europe
Nancy Reagin, Pace University
Reaching Out: The Politics of the Russian German Diaspora
Renate Bridenthal, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, City University of New York
Benjamin Lapp, Montclair State University

Session 99.  Political Economies of Science in Early Modern Europe
Sa. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Marriott, Room 8216

Chair: Harold J. Cook, University of Wisconsin at Madison
The Commerce of Nature
Pamela H. Smith, Pomona College
The Inventory of "Natural Riches" in the Early Modern German States
Alix Cooper, University of Puget Sound
"Merchant’s Logick": Commercial Rationalities in Eighteenth-Century Medicine
Andrea Rusnock, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Comment: Harold J. Cook

Session 101.  Christian Democracy and European Reconstruction, 1945–60
Sa. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Marriott, Maryland Suite A
Joint session with the American Society of Church History
Chair: James Miller, Johns Hopkins University
Gendered Reconstruction, Christian Democracy, and German Women
Maria Mitchell, Franklin and Marshall College
The Black International: Christian Democracy as a Transnational Movement, 1945–60
Ronald Granieri, Furman University
A Modern Schism: Alcide de Gasperi, Pius XII, and the Meaning of Christian Democracy
Steven White, Mount Saint Mary’s
Comment: Ellen Evans, Georgia State University

Session 117.  Secrecy and Political Culture in Premodern Europe
Su. 8:30 a.m., Marriott, Roosevelt Room

Chair: Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, University of Maryland at College Park
"Secrets of the King": Secrecy and Power in Medieval English and French Government
Jonathan Elukin, Trinity College
Invisible Gifts: Secrecy and Ideas of Corruption in Germany, 1400–1600
Valentin Groebner, Universität Basel
Reason and Mystery of State in Seventeenth-Century France
Robert Schneider, Catholic University of America
Comment: Melissa Bullard, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Session 119.  The Integration and Disintegration of German Jews, 1871–1945
Su. 8:30 a.m., Shoreham, Garbo Room
Chair: Omer Bartov, Rutgers University
Consenting Partners: Jews and Germans in Imperial Germany
Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee, George Washington University
The Function of the Jew in German Folkish Ideology
Uwe Puschner, Freie Universität Berlin
Unequal Partners: German-Jewish Mixed Marriages, 1933–45
Merith Niehuss, Universität der Bundeswehr München

Comment: Peter Hayes, Northwestern University

Session 120.  Reconstructing National Identities in Post–World War II Europe: West Germany, France, and Great Britain Compared
Su. 8:30 a.m., Shoreham, Capitol Room
Maria Hoehn, Vassar College
Contesting Memories, Constructing Myths: The Reception of the Gaullist Resistencialist Myth in France, 1944–46
Megan Koreman, Texas Tech University
Catholicism, Youth Work, and National Identity in West Germany, 1945–55
Mark Ruff, Brown University
Glorious Past, Uncertain Future: The Federation of British Industries and British "Decline," 1956–63
Ted Bromund, Yale University
Comment: Andrew Shennan, Wellesley College

Session 123. Defining Moral and Legal Responsibility in Germany, England, and the United States
Su. 8:30 a.m., Shoreham, Embassy Room
Chair: Joel Eigen, Franklin and Marshall College
Moral Discourse, Roman Law, and Intentionality: Judging Homicide in Sixteenth-Century Württemberg
Susanne Pohl, Cornell University
"Concerning the Privilege by Reason of Necessity": The Excuse of Poverty in the Eighteenth-Century English Courtroom
Dana Rabin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"The Duress of the Delusion": Mental Capacity and the Rules of Responsibility in Nineteenth-Century American Law
Susanna Blumenthal, Yale University
Comment: Joel Eigen

Session 125.  The Memory of Expulsion and the Expulsion of Memory in Post–World War II Europe: The Cases of Germany, Poland, and Greece
Su. 8:30 a.m., Marriott, Colorado Room
Chair: Jan T. Gross, New York University
Distorted Memory in a Young Democracy: West German Expellee Discourse on the Expulsions, 1949–69
Pertti Ahonen, Yale University
Ethnic Cleansing and National Legitimacy: Poland, 1941–97
Timothy Snyder, Harvard University
Memory Gaps: The Instrumentalization of Greek Political Exiles and Their Experience, 1949–82
Gabriella Etmektsoglou, Princeton University and Institute for European History

Comment: Tony R. Judt, New York University

Session 142. Antisemitic Scholarship in Nazi Germany
Su. 11:00 a.m., Marriott, Maryland Suite C
Chair: Peter Black, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Antisemitic Social Science and Nazi Policy: The Case of Peter-Heinz Seraphim
Alan Steinweis, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Talmudic Scholarship in the Stab-Rosenberg’s "Institute for Research into the Jewish Question"
Paul Lawrence Rose, Penn State University
Protestant Theology and the "Jewish Question"
Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College
Comment: Karl Schleunes, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Call for papers for the AHA meeting in the Year 2000

Editor's Note:
The information reproduced immediately below was copied unchanged from the AHA's web page

Author: The AHA
Date: September, 1998
Column: AHA Activities

Editor's Note: For guidelines and helpful suggestions regarding submission of proposals, see Patrick Manning's Preparing Your Proposal for the Year 2000 Annual Meeting .

The annual meeting of the Association for the year 2000 will be held in Chicago, Illinois, January 6-9, 2000. The Program Committee welcomes proposals by all members of the Association (academic and nonacademic), by scholars in foreign countries and in related disciplines, and by affiliated societies. The program for the annual meeting seeks to promote excellence in research and teaching and discussion of significant professional issues, rights, and responsibilities. The Program Committee seeks presentations that address the entire community of historians and provide opportunity to examine the larger concerns of the profession. In particular, this year's committee is eager to encourage the participation of established scholars and to include time periods, regions, topics, and approaches that have been underrepresented in recent AHA meetings.

The AHA annual meeting for the year 2000 offers the perfect opportunity to reflect on the state of the discipline and the profession at the beginning of the 21st century. To encourage participation by all segments of the historical community, the Program Committee has chosen a broad theme, History for the Twenty-First Century: Continuity and Change. The committee hopes that a majority of the panels and papers will contribute to the discussion of this theme and will give preference to those panels and papers that in the course of their discussions of substantive issues in particular fields reflect upon broader issues of historiography, interpretation, methodology, and perspective. The Program Committee for the year 2000 consists of Claire Moses, chair (Univ. of Maryland at College Park), James Henretta, cochair (Univ. of Maryland at College Park), Michael Bernstein (Univ. of California at San Diego), Palmira Brummet (Univ. of Tennessee), Barbara Hanawalt (Univ. of Minnesota), Albert Hurtado (Arizona State Univ.), John Kizca (Washington State Univ.), Sucheta Mazumdar (Duke Univ.), Peter Reill (UCLA), Claire Robertson (Ohio State Univ.), Carolyn Williams (Univ. of North Florida), and Jessica Young (Oak Park River Forest High School, Oak Park, Ill.)

There is only one deadline for submission: February 15, 1999. Any proposal postmarked after that date will not be considered. The committee encourages the submission of entire panels or workshops and will give preference to complete proposals (those that include all presenters, chair, and commentator). It will consider single-paper submissions but may have difficulty finding places for such proposals on the program. There will be no "poster sessions."

In preparing a proposal, you should consult the following items in this issue of Perspectives: "Preparing Your Proposal" (page 35) and "Program Committee Guidelines" (page 36). Proposers of panels or individual presentations must use the cover sheet and checklist form on page 18 (or a photocopy).Additional copies of all materials are available from Andrew Schulkin at the AHA office, 400 A St., SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889. (202) 544-2422, ext. 104. Fax (202) 544-8307. E-mail:

All materials can also be found on the AHA's home page on the World Wide Web: go to and click "Annual Meeting."

All persons appearing on the program must be members of the AHA, the exceptions being foreign scholars and scholars from other disciplines. Only in exceptional circumstances will individuals be allowed to appear consecutively in the 1999 and 2000 programs.

Please mail four copies of the complete proposal (including the cover sheet and the items specified in the checklist) to Claire Moses, 2101 Woods Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4525.

The e-mail addresses for the cochairs are: Claire Moses:; James Henretta:

Conference Group for Central European History

Miscellaneous Announcements

Publisher of Central European History changes ownership
This past summer, Humanities Press, Inc. sold Central European History and the book series, Studies in Central European History (Thomas Brady and Roger Chickering, editors), to Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.  The journal and the book series will now be handled out of a new office located in Boston.  There is no change with regard to Central European History's editorial control, which remains with Editor Ken Barkin and the current editorial board.

The new address for Humanities Press, Inc., is:
Humanities Press, Inc.
112 Water Street
Suite 400
Boston, MA 02109
Toll-free: 877-999-7575
Phone: 617-742-5277
Fax: 617-263-2324

Subscriptions to CEH (which include membership in the Conference Group) can henceforth be paid with MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Diners Club and JCB.  Subscription prices for individuals will increase marginally and be announced in a direct mailing by the publisher.

A revised publication schedule of CEH for the remainder of 1998 and early 1999 is as follows:
Vol. 30 (1997), No. 4: September 1998
Vol. 31 (1998) Nos. 1-2 (combined): December 1998
Vol. 31 (1998), No. 3: December 1998
Vol. 31 (1998), No. 4: December 1998
Vol. 32 (1999), No. 1: March 1999

Archives Committee
The Conference Group’s Archives Committee consists of the following individuals.   For further information, please contact the committee's chair, Alan Steinweis.

Carole Fink
Department of History
The Ohio State University
Columbus, HO 43210
Gerhard Weinberg
Department of History
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195
Geoffrey Giles
Department of History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320
Alan Steinweis
Department of History
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0327
David Barclay
Department of History
Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295
John Connelly
Department of History
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

1998 Nominations Committee
The Nominations Committee (Charles Ingrao, Irmgard Steinisch, and Jonathan Petropoulos) propose that the following individuals be nominated for positions on the Executive Board.

Vice-President elect: Konrad Jarausch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Universität Potsdam)

Three year term on the executive board: Pieter M. Judson (Swarthmore College)

In addition, the Executive Secretary recommends that Gerald Feldman and Konrad Jarausch again be nominated to continue serving as the Conference Group’s delegates to Friends of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.

These or other nominations will be discussed at the January business meeting, which will elect next year’s officers.

Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History 1999
Germany in the Age of Revolution, 1789-1850

Washington, D.C., April 21-24, 1999

The German Historical Institute in Washington, the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University, and the Conference Group for Central European History are pleased to announce the fift Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History. The conference is once again supported by the German-American Academic Council and will convene in Washington, D.C., between April 21 and 24, 1999.

The seminar is meant to bring together young scholars from Germany and North America who are nearing completion of their doctoral degrees. We plan to invite eight scholars from each side of the Atlantic to discuss their doctoral projects. The discussions will be based on papers submitted in advance of the conference.  The languages of this seminar will be German and Englisch.  We shall cover travel costs and lodging expenses.

The theme of this conference will be "Germany in the Age of Revolution, 1789-1850."   We are now accepting applications from doctoral students whose work falls principally in this era and who will not have finished their degrees before June 1999.  Applications should include a short (2-3pp) project description, a résumé, and a letter of reference from the major advisor.

Please send applications by December 1, 1998 to:

German Historical Institute
Transatlantic Doctoral Seminars
Attn: Baerbel Thomas
1607 New Hampshire Ave.
NW, Washington, DC 20009
ph. 202-387-3355
fax: 202-483-3430

The editor of this Newsletter may be reached at the following address:
Department of History
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
601-232-7033 fax

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