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NCGS: Guettel “Continuities of Violence”

December 1, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series

Friday, 1 December  20232:00 – 4:00 pm (EST) (Zoom Seminar)JENS-UWE GUETTEL Associate Professor of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and History, Penn State UniversityCONTINUITIES OF VIOLENCE:Street Riots in Germany from 1905 to 1923 This presentation traces street violence and politics in Germany from the unrests in Saxony in 1905 to the 1923 Scheunenviertelpogrom in Berlin. It examines street violence and politics as intersecting but separate phenomena, thus showing how tenuous the hold of political leaders or political ideologies were with respect to those who took to the streets to demonstrate – or riot – on behalf of political or other goals. The presentation focuses on the links between street politics before 1914 and similar occurrences during the war, while simultaneously sketching out how up to the 1923 Scheunenviertelpogrom  street violence both changed and stayed the same. This approach allows us to question entrenched chronologies and supposed historical turning points by revealing continuities of violence that did not disappear after 1914 or only appeared in 1918. JENS-UWE GUETTEL is Associate Professor of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and History at Penn State University. His research, which centers on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, examines the domestic impact of imperialism, colonial expansion, and protest movements. His fist monograph is German Expansionism, Imperial Liberalism, and the United States, 1776–1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He is currently working on a second monograph, entitled Radical Democracy in Germany, 1871–1918. Moderation:   KAREN HAGEMANN |  James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History    Comment:     HEDWIG RICHTER |  Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, University of the Bundeswehr Munich, Department of History

The NCGS  graduate assistants KEVIN HOEPER (kjhoeper@live.unc.eduand MADELINE   JAMES ( will take care of the organization and technology of the Zoom Seminar. Please contact them to receive the Zoom link or if you have any questions. For our NCGS Online Seminars Etiquette click here.


December 1, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm