Udi Greenberg

Academic Appointments

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, 2015), 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). It also appeared in German, Korean, and Hebrew translations.

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, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Journal of Contemproary History, among others. He has also published several essays on politics, religion, and history in The Nation, Dissent, L.A. Review of Books, 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

"An Endless Crusade," LA Review of Books (2019).

“Catholics, Protestants, and the Violent Birth of European Religious Pluralism,” American Historical Review 124:2 (April 2019), 511-538.

"Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil," The Nation (2019) [with Daniel Bessner].

“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. Winner of the 2018 Chester Penn Higby Prize for best article 2017-2018, awarded by the European Section of the AHA.

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

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