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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"Zarah Leander and the Dream of a (Nazi) European Cinema": a post of mine is now up on the blog of the International Association for Media and History.

SPRING events...

March 7-9: I will attend the Digital Humanities Nordic conference in Helsinki, to present "Charting the ’Culture’ of Cultural Treaties: Digital Humanities Approaches to the History of International Ideas," but mostly to listen...

March 14: I will speak on the book at University College London, hosted by the UCL European Institute.

March 15: I will visit at the University of Manchester's History Department, presenting a paper entitled, "What was the “culture” of fascist cultural internationalism? Germany, Italy, and Europe, 1935-1943."

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


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.

Ben's article, "'European culture is an invented tradition," is at Aeon, the online magazine of ideas, at Quartz and at the blog of the London School of Economics.

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