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Volker Berghahn

Emeritus Professor of History at Columbia University


Volker Berghahn specializes in modern German history and European-American relations.  

He received his M.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1961) and his Ph.D. from the University of London (1964).  

He taught in the UK and Germany before coming to Brown University in 1988 and to Columbia ten years later.  

His publications include: America and the Intellectual Cold Wars in Europe (2001), Quest for Economic Empire (ed., 1996),  Imperial Germany(1995),  The Americanization of West German Industry, 1945-1973 (1986), Modern Germany (1982), Der Tirpitz-Plan (1971), Europe in the Era of Two World Wars (2006) and Industriegesellschaft und Kulturtransfer, Goettingen (2010). 

Articles by Volker Berghahn

The Marshall Plan in Context

The Marshall Plan was not merely the sending of material aid to enhance Western Europe's post-war reconstruction. It was also significant psychologically in that it gave Europeans hope of a better future.

June 7, 2024

Globalization, Americanization and Europeanization (Part III)

Will the United States be able to hold its central place within the world economy that it forged after 1945?

November 15, 2007

Globalization, Americanization and Europeanization (Part I)

How well do the concepts of globalization, Americanization and Europeanization explain today's world?

November 13, 2007