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).
Notes on talks and conferences I’ve presented in are listed in the blog…