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Daniel Brückenhaus

Daniel Brückenhaus

Daniel Brückenhaus joined the Beloit faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2012, after receiving his Ph.D. from Yale University, and spending a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. His research and teaching interests are focused on the history of western Europe and the European colonial empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

His current book manuscript is entitled Policing Transnational Protest: Liberal Imperialism and the Surveillance of Anti-Colonialists in Europe, 1905-1945. It examines the history of anti-colonialists from various territories of the British and French Empires who became active in Germany and other continental European countries in this period, and the resulting attempts of Western European police forces to observe and control them. As the book shows, the conflict between these activists and the police led to a feedback cycle in which both sides pushed each other to form increasingly transnational and trans-imperial networks. This process sparked heated inner-European debates about the future of Western liberalism, and about Germany’s political and ideological status within Europe. Both during and after World War I, the willingness of anti-democratic Germans at both ends of the political spectrum to enter alliances with non-European activists not only increased the geographic and financial scope of anti-colonial networks, but also posed a threatening ideological challenge to a Western political model that combined liberal democracy at home with autocratic rule in the colonies.

At Beloit, Daniel teaches a wide range of courses on the history of Europe and the European colonial empires from the late eighteenth century to the present. His courses include “Big Brother is Watching You: Europe in the Age of Government Surveillance,” “Europe and the Modern World, 1789-1945,” “Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Colonialism,” “Modern African History,” “Worlds of Stone: Modern Urban History,” “Magic Mountains and Faustian Bargains: German History Seen Through The Eyes of Thomas Mann and his Family,” “History of Fascism,” “Thinking Through Europe’s History: History and Theory, 1789-Present,” and “History of Emotions in Modern Europe.”


Daniel Brückenhaus, “Imperial Fears and Transnational Policing: The ‘German Problem’ and the Surveillance of Anti-Colonialists in Europe,” in: Harald Fischer-Tiné (ed.), Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies) (London: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2015)

Daniel Brückenhaus, “The Origins of Trans-Imperial Policing: British-French Government Cooperation in the Surveillance of Anti-Colonialists in Europe, 1905-1925,” in: Volker Barth and Roland Cvetkovski (eds.), Imperial Co-Operation and Transfer, 1870-1930 (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), pp. 171-193

Daniel Brückenhaus, “Radicalism,” in: Gita Dharampal-Frick et al. (eds.), Key Concepts in Modern Indian Studies (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 226-228

Ute Frevert, Daniel Brückenhaus et al., Learning How to Feel: Children’s Literature and Emotional Socialization, 1870-1970 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), including Daniel Brückenhaus, “Ralph’s Compassion,” on empire and childhood emotions in modern Western Europe, pp. 74-93

Daniel Brückenhaus, “‘Every stranger must be suspected:’ Trust Relationships and the Surveillance of Anti-Colonialists in Early Twentieth-Century Western Europe,” Geschichte und Gesellschaft 36 (2010), pp. 523-566

Daniel Brückenhaus, “L’état de la question: La mémoire commune européenne” [“The State of the Question: A Common European Memory”], in: Bronislaw Geremek and Robert Picht (eds.), Visions d’Europe (Paris: Odile Jacob, 2007), pp. 407-417