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Joshua Derman
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology German Visions of Global Order After an Axis Victory, 1939–1945


28 Feb 2019

4:30 p.m.
4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus



How did Germans imagine global order after the Second World War - in the event that they won? This is an alternate future that has been widely discussed in counterfactual fiction and film. But it was also an outcome that many Germans actually envisaged between 1939 and 1945. This lecture considers the postwar world as imagined by Ferdinand Fried (1898-1967), one of the most prominent journalists in Germany during the 1930s. After the outbreak of the Second World War, Fried devoted much of his energy to speculating about the future of the global economy in a postwar world that - as he anticipated - would be divided into multiple continental spheres of influence or "great spaces". His career sheds light on the visions of global order that underlay many aspects of Nazi diplomacy, and helps us understand their surprising persistence into the postwar period.


Joshua Derman is associate professor of humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research focuses on modern German history, and, in particular, the international dimensions of German political and social thought. His book, Max Weber in Politics and Social Thought: From Charisma to Canonization (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), is the first comprehensive history of Weber's early impact in Germany and the United States. He is currently completing a project about German visions of global order during the Second World War.


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