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.
"...a work that rightly deserves to be lauded as groundbreaking..." The book is reviewed in the latest issue of The Journal of Modern History (June 2018).
My article "International Legal Cooperation in the Nazi-Fascist New Order," International Politics (2018), can now be read as an online first preview.
May 15: My first keynote (!), opening the International workshop on Film distribution, exhibition and consumption in the Second World War, was at KU Leuven, Belgium. Thanks to Roel Vande Winkel and the participants in this interesting workshop.
April 25: I presented 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.
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.