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National History Education Clearinghouse

The National History Center is partnering with the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Stanford University, the American Historical Association, and the U.S. Department of Education to create a repository of information and knowledge about history education. The National History Center is helping to produce history education policy briefing papers for this project. For more information, visit the National History Education Clearinghouse.

Fear and Hitler’s Instant Subversion of Freedom

Fritz Stern

Fritz Stern gave the second lecture on “Fear and Hitler’s Instant Subversion of Freedom” in the series with the Council on Foreign Relations on March 4, 2008.

Professor Stern, University Professor Emeritus of History from Columbia University, addressed a full house on how Germany was transformed into a dictatorship and how quickly. Professor Stern then took questions from the audience.

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The first lecture in the series featured Ernest May who discussed surprise attacks and the fall of France in 1940.

Reinterpreting History: How Historical Assessments Change over Time

This series of books is published by Oxford University Press. Each volume focuses on a historical topic that has been substantially reinterpreted as a result of recent scholarship. The series is designed to offer students and the public a better understanding of how and why historical thinking changes.

The first book in the series is Making Sense of the Vietnam War: Local, National, and Transnational Perspectives, edited by Mark Philip Bradley and Marilyn B. Young. It features essays on American intervention, the coming of the war, and endless wars. It is available in both hardback and paper bound from the Oxford University Press.

The second volume, The Atlantic World: A Critical Appraisal, is now available also.