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.

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May 6: I will give 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 is “Visions of Humanity.” My paper is called “Cultural Diplomacy against Humanity: the Geopolitical Visions of Interwar Cultural Treaties.” See you there!

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.

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).

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.

Listen to Ben's interview on the book with the New Books in History Network