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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 argues that the conflict between anti-colonial immigrants from the British and French colonies and the European police forces led to a feed-back cycle in which both sides pushed each other to form increasingly transnational and trans-imperial networks. As the manuscript shows, the surveillance of these activists, and the tendency of anti-colonialists to enter alliances with Germans of both radical left-wing and right-wing persuasions, contributed to a strengthening of the emerging Entente Cordiale between Britain and France, while simultaneously leading to heated debates in the public sphere about whether the cooperation of the world’s two most important colonial powers was undermining cherished Western civil liberties. Daniel’s other research interests include the history of emotions in the modern period, and the history of communication.

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 the volume on Keywords in Modern Indian Studies, to be published in the series “SOAS Studies on South Asia” by Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015

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