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German Angst

A Conversation with Frank Biess (University of California-San Diego) and Geoff Eley (University of Michigan)
Thursday, December 3, 2020
4:00-5:00 PM
In his latest book, German Angst: Fear and Democracy in the Federal Republic of Germany, Professor Frank Biess (University of California-San Diego) analyses the relationship between fear and democracy in postwar West Germany. Professor Geoff Eley (University of Michigan) will join Professor Biess for a conversation about the book and the ambivalent role of the emotions of fear and anxiety in a democratizing society.

Frank Biess is Professor of History at the University of California-San Diego. He is the author of German Angst. Fear and Democracy in Postwar Germany (Oxford, 2020). A German version of the book Die Republik der Angst. Eine andere Geschichte der Bundesrepublik was published in 2019. His main research has focused on the post-1945 period with an emphasis on memory, emotions, gender, and political cultures. His new project explores the interwar Weimar Republic as a one of the first postcolonial states.

Free and open to the public. This is a remote event and will take place online via Zoom. Please register in advance here:

This event is part of the Thursday Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Link:
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: European, German, History
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History