The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses

The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses

by Stephen H. Norwood
ISBN-10:
1107400589
ISBN-13:
9781107400580
Pub. Date:
01/17/2011
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
ISBN-10:
1107400589
ISBN-13:
9781107400580
Pub. Date:
01/17/2011
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses

The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses

by Stephen H. Norwood
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Overview

This is the first systematic exploration of the nature and extent of sympathy for Nazi Germany at American universities during the 1930s. Universities were highly influential in shaping public opinion and many of the nation’s most prominent university administrators refused to take a principled stand against the Hitler regime. Universities welcomed Nazi officials to campus and participated enthusiastically in student exchange programs with Nazified universities in Germany. American educators helped Nazi Germany improve its image in the West as it intensified its persecution of the Jews and strengthened its armed forces. The study contrasts the significant American grass-roots protest against Nazism that emerged as soon as Hitler assumed power with campus quiescence, and administrators’ frequently harsh treatment of those students and professors who challenged their determination to maintain friendly relations with Nazi Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107400580
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/17/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 70,849
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen H. Norwood, who holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. His two-volume Encyclopedia of American Jewish History, co-edited with Eunice G. Pollack (2008), received the Booklist Editor's Choice Award. He is also the author of three other books on American history, the winner of the Herbert G. Gutman Award in American Social History and the co-winner of the Macmillan/SABR Award in Baseball History. His articles have appeared in anthologies and numerous journals, including American Jewish History, Modern Judaism and the Journal of Social History.

Table of Contents

1. Germany reverts to the Dark Ages: Nazi clarity and American awareness, 1933–1934; 2. Legitimating Nazism: Harvard University and the Hitler regime, 1933–1937; 3. Complicity and conflict: Columbia University's response to Fascism, 1933–1937; 4. The seven sisters colleges and the Third Reich: promoting fellowship through student exchange; 5. A respectful hearing for Nazi Germany's apologists: the University of Virginia Institute of Public Affairs round tables, 1933–1941; 6. Nazi nests: German departments in American Universities, 1933–1941; 7. American Catholic Universities' flirtation with Fascism; 8. 1938, year of the Kristallnacht: the limits of campus protest; Epilogue; Bibliography.
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