Bio

Konrad H. Jarausch is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina and the past director of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, Germany. Among the many leaves and fellowships he is a double alumnus of the Wilson Center.  His about fifty monographs and edited volumes cover German and European history, mostly during the 20th century. Some of his recent books are Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier's Letters from the Eastern Front (Princeton 2007), Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century (Princeton, 2015) and Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century (Princeton, 2018).

Project Summary

This is a reconsideration of the development of Europe in the 20th century from the vantage point of modernity. It starts with European exceptionalism, continues with competing modernities of democracy, Communism and Fascism, deals with the World Wars and the Holocaust and then goes on to the recovery in order to conclude with Europe in a global context.

Major Publications

The Rush to German Unity

After Hitler: Recivilizing Germans

Reluctant Accomplice: A Soldiers Letters from the Eastern Front