Ben Martin writes and teaches on the cultural history of twentieth-century Europe. 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.
Michael Geyer (professor emeritus, University of Chicago) reviews the book for the web-journal H-Diplo.
My article "International Legal Cooperation in the Nazi-Fascist New Order," International Politics (2018), can now be read as an online first preview.
April 25: I will present a paper from my new project (Cultural treaties and the emergence of a global culture concept) at the seminar of Lund University's section for History of science and ideas.
May 15: My first keynote (!), opening the International workshop on Film distribution, exhibition and consumption in the Second World War, at KU Leuven, Belgium
March 15: since the faculty of the University of Manchester were on strike, I held an informal talk, on the “culture” of fascist cultural internationalism, off campus at lunch time. Thanks to everyone who came out!
March 9: I presented a paper, "Charting the ’Culture’ of Cultural Treaties: Digital Humanities approaches to the history of international ideas," at the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries (DHN) conference in Helsinki.
November 21: I presented the book for students of the University of Udine - University of Trieste joint PhD program in History and Philosophy, in Udine, Italy.
October 24: I presented the book at Stockholm University, Department of History: 3:30 pm, room D900.
October 20: I discussed the "European literature of the Nazi New Order" at Stockholm University's Dept of Culture and Aesthetics: 2 pm.
October 9: I presented the paper "Nazi-Fascist Europeanism: What it was and why we should take it seriously," as part of the Euroculture Lecture Series at the University of Groningen.
September 7: I presented the book at Södertörn University, Stockholm.
June 12: I discussed the book at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, in the Research Seminar Series led by Prof. Xosé Manoel Núñez Seixas, co-sponsored by Prof. Martin Geyer and Prof. Margit Szöllösi-Janze: 6 - 8 pm, LMU Historicum, Amalienstr. 52, Raum K001.
June 7: I presented a paper on the German-Italian-Japanese Axis interpreted through the history of international cultural relations, at the conference "The Axis Alliance in Global Perspective," Konstanz University.
May 29: I discussed the book at the Freie-Universität, Berlin, in a Research Seminar session (Forschungscolloquium zur Vergleichs- und Verflechtungsgeschichte) co-sponsored by Prof. Arnd Bauerkämper and Prof. Oliver Janz.
April 27, 5 pm: I discussed the book at Stockholm's Filmhuset, in conversation with the film scholar Anna-Sofia Rossholm. Then, at 6 pm, I introduced a screening of Die Große Liebe (The Great Love, 1942), Nazi Germany's no. 1 box office hit.
Mini-Book Tour of Tuscany!
March 22: I discussed the book at University of Pisa (Dipartimento di Civiltà e forme del sapere).
March 23: I participated in the panel discussion "Rethinking Dictatorship: Latin Europe in the Interwar Period", European University Institute, Fiesole.