Sherman Emerging Scholar Lecture Series

2017 Sherman Emerging Scholar

Strote

Dr. Noah Strote

Uprooting Fascism: Germany and Western Democracy Since Hitler

After the 2016 presidential election, many in the media declared dramatically that Germany had replaced the United States as leader of the free world.  A deep historical irony accompanied such declarations, for it has long been assumed—falsely—that Americans and their Allies were the ones who “taught” Germans democracy after World War Two.

In this talk, Prof. Noah Strote will challenge the myth of the American-led democratization of Germany and discuss his own research into the complex history of how Germans overcame fascism to become one of the leading guardians of the postwar Western order.  Explaining this remarkable phenomenon requires a look back into Germany’s first democratic experiment, the Weimar Republic (1919-1933), and the reasons it collapsed into a violent and racist dictatorship under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. Strote will argue that Germans were able to uproot fascism and create a stable, Western-style liberal democracy only by ending the longstanding culture wars that had previously plagued their society and resolving the extreme polarization that had paralyzed their politics.

Dr. Noah Strote is an associate professor at North Carolina State University, where he teaches classes on comparative fascism, World War Two, and the Cold War. He has been a recipient of multiple grants to conduct research in Germany, and recently held a fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Emerging Scholar Presentation
Wednesday, October 11, 7:30PM
Warwick Center

Free and open to the public