George Gerolimatos

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Major Field: European History
Other Fields: 
Ancient History
Christopher R. Browning

BA Lake Forest College, 2006
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
MA Thesis: “The Politics of Irresponsibility and Anti-Semitism of the Rural People’s Movement in Schleswig-Holstein, 1928–1930”
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
PhD Dissertation: “Structural Change and Democratization of Schleswig-Holstein’s Agriculture, 1945-1973”

Research Interests

For my dissertation I will focus on German social history post-1945 with a regional concentration on the country’s northernmost state, Schleswig-Holstein. I am addressing a particular branch of the local economy, agriculture, that has undergone tremendous structural, political and economic changes over the last sixty years. My research is carried along two axes. The first is a structural/economic view on how technology and modernization, as well as the dwindling number of people involved in agriculture, transformed a social group. The second axis continues my work that I did for my Master’s which looked at the anti-democratic and even anti-Semitic political activism of farmers in this region in the late 1920s by inquiring after the evolution in political culture from the late 1940s on. Both perspectives afford a view from “above” and “below:” change imposed from without (the result of globalization and western integration, for example) and equally importantly how those affected perceived, understood and processed change. Ultimately, my project seeks to understand how democratization and structural transformation in a region can profoundly change its rural and local identity.

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