Ben Martin writes and teaches on the history of twentieth-century international cultural relations. His book, The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture
(Harvard University Press, 2016) tells the story of how the German-Italian Axis sought to create a "New Order" in European cultural life in the 1930s and during WWII.
June 2019: Two new articles!
First, my article on how fascist Italian intellectuals promoted their arts policy internationally is now out (and free to download): “Fascist Italy’s Illiberal Cultural Networks: Culture, Corporatism and International Relations,” in L. Cerasi, ed., Genealogie e geografie dell’anti-democrazia nella crisi europea degli anni Trenta (Venice: Edizioni Ca’ Foscari, 2019): 137-158.
And…my article on the role of visual arts in Nazi Germany’s plans for a cultural new order was also recently published: “The Art of Nazi International Networking: The Visual Arts in the Rhetoric and Reality of Hitler’s European New Order,” in M. Björkman, P. Lundell, and S. Widmalm, eds., Intellectual Collaboration with the Third Reich: Treason or Reason? (London: Routledge, 2019).
The new special issue of International Politics (vol. 55, n. 6), “The Birth of Global Knowledge” is (finally) available. It includes my article, “International Legal Cooperation in the Nazi-fascist New Order.”
"...a work that rightly deserves to be lauded as groundbreaking..." The book is reviewed in The Journal of Modern History (June 2018).
May 6: I gave a paper at the conference Culture and International History VI in Berlin, at the Free University’s John F. Kennedy Center. This year’s theme was “Visions of Humanity.” My paper was called “Cultural Diplomacy against Humanity: the Geopolitical Visions of Interwar Cultural Treaties.”
March 13: I participated in a public conversation on the landscape of the digital humanities coordinated by DH Stockholm (a joint initiative of the National Library of Sweden and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology). Have a look.
December 11: I presented a paper in the Higher Seminar of my own department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University.
November 5: I presented in the History of Ideas seminar series at Södertörn University, giving a paper entitled, “The Rise of the Cultural Treaty: Charting the Role of ‘Culture' in Twentieth-Century International Relations (or, Applying digital humanities methods to intellectual history is trickier than I expected).” Thanks to all who came for a highly productive discussion.