Udi Greenberg

Associate Professor of History

Udi Greenberg studies and teaches modern European history, intellectual history, and international history. His scholarship and teaching focuses especially on the intersection of ideas, institution building, and Europe's interactions with the world. His work has been supported, among others, by the ACLS, Mellon Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the DAAD.

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His first book, The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2014), traces the intellectual, institutional, and political journey of five influential political theorists from their education in Weimar Germany to their participation in the formation of the Cold War. It argues that both Germany’s postwar democratization, and the German-American alliance, were deeply shaped by these émigrés’ attempts to revive intellectual, religious, and political projects first developed in Weimar Germany. In 2016, it was awarded the Council of European Studies’ Book Prize (for best first book in European studies 2014-2015). Chinese, German, Korean, and Hebrew translations are forthcoming.

He is currently working on a second book-length project, tentatively titled Religious Pluralism in the Age of Violence: Catholics and Protestants from Animosity to Peace 1885-1965. This project explores the intersections between twentieth-century religious thought and global politics. It investigates how transformations in global politics--the rise of Nazism, the unfolding of the Cold War, and the the process of European decolonization in Asia and Africa--helped fascilitate the end of the prolonged religious animosities between Protestants and Catholics.

His articles (mostly related to these two book projects) have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Historical ReviewJournal of Modern History, Journal of the History of Ideas, and Journal of Contemproary History, among others. He has also published several essays on politics, religion, and history in The Nation, Dissent, n+1  and elsewhere (links to a few recent examples are available below).

At Dartmouth, he teaches a wide variety of classes on modern European and international history. In 2016, he was elected by the senior class as Dartmouth’s best professor, and was awarded the Jerome Goldstein Award, Dartmouth's top teaching prize.

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Selected Publications

“Catholics, Protestants, and the Violent Birth of European Religious Pluralism,” American Historical Review (forthcoming 2019).

“Catholics, Protestants, and the Tortured Path to Religious Liberty," Journal of the History of Ideas 79:3 (2018), 461-479.

"The Logic of Militant Democracy: From Domestic Concentration Camps to the War on Terror," n+1  (2018).

"The Cross and the Gavel," Dissent Magazine (April 2018), 106-113 [with Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins].

"Protestants, Decolonization, and European Integration, 1885-1961," Journal of Modern History 89:2 (2017), 314-354.

"Is Religious Liberty a Bad Idea?" The Nation (March 2016) [with Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins]

"Militant Democracy and Human Rights," New German Critique 42:3 (2015), 169-195.

The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2014).