Frank Trentmann

  • Awakening of conscience
  • A moral history of the Germans
  • Lecture

The history of Germany over the last 80 years from the perspective of morality.

The Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942/43 changed the German population’s perspective on the war: questions of guilt and responsibility arose, the starting point for an awakening of conscience. From denazification to the economic miracle and the 1968 movement to the environmental movement, from the politics of remembrance to migration and asylum, from the peace movement to the war in Ukraine, Frank Trentmann presents the diversity of attitudes, debates and actions. Trentmann succeeds in creating a new, unique perspective on German history – from a nation of perpetrators to a recognized partner in the world.

Frank Trentmann, born in 1965, is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, and at the University of Helsinki. He has received the Humboldt Research Award and the Bochum Historian Award from the Ruhr University Bochum, among others.

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