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Localizing Islam in Europe: Turkish Islamic Communities in Germany and the Netherlands

In the twentieth century, Muslim minorities emerged in Europe seeking work, a refuge from conflict, and higher life standards. As a result, there are now more than 12 million Muslims in Western Europe. As these immigrants became permanent residents, the Islamic communities they developed had to respond to their European context, reinterpreting Islam in accordance with local conditions.

Germany’s Historical Euro Responsibility

The Eurocrisis is reminiscent of two European conflagrations lasting three decades, the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and the two twentieth century World Wars (1914-1945), argues Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel in a recent article published in Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Those wars centered on Germany and ravaged Europe and the world. 

Occupied Economies: An Economic History of Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1939-1945

What were the consequences of the German occupation for the economy of occupied Europe? After Germany conquered major parts of the European continent, it was faced with a choice between plundering the suppressed countries and using their economies to produce what it needed. The decision made not only differed from country to country but also changed over the course of the war. Individual leaders; the economic needs of the Reich; the military situation; struggles between governors of occupied countries and Berlin officials, and finally racism all had an impact on the outcome.

Archives in Wartime: From WWII to the Invasion of Iraq

From the first days of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, United States forces seized official government records created by Saddam Hussein’s regime and exploited them for valuable military intelligence. Millions of pages of these Iraqi state records were then transferred to the United States for further research. Digital copies were even made available to scholars, providing a wealth of new insights into the recent history of Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Call for papers: France and the German Question

Programme de recherche de la Sorbonne sur la Guerre froide (Sorbonne Cold War History Project) in partnership with Deutsches Historisches Institut (The German Historical Institute, Paris) will host the conference "France and the German Question, 1945-1990" in Paris from February 7-9, 2013.

The conveners invite contributions in English dealing among others with any of the following topics over specific periods or the whole duration of the Cold War (please note that the conference will take place exclusively in English):

A Mosque in Germany: Nazis, Intelligence Services and the Rise of Political Islam in the West

Stefan Meining, former Wilson Center public policy scholar and editor of Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bavaria's Public Broadcasting Service will discuss his latest book entitled A Mosque in Germany: Nazis, Intelligence Services and the Rise of Political Islam in the West which sheds new light on the history of the Islamic scene in Germany and how it was systematically nurtured by the intelligence services. A Mosque in Germany is based mainly on Meining's research for his documentary film, wh

Radio Free Europe: 60 Years in the Service of Free Poland

A conference, "Radio Free Europe 60 Years in the Service of Free Poland," convened in Wroclaw on December 6 under the sponsorship of the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski East European College, the Institute of History of Wroclaw University, the Ossolineum, and the Free Speech Association, under the patronage of Bronislaw Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland. Financial support was provided by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Institute of History.