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FT-249296-16

Paul Petzschmann, PhD
Carleton College (Northfield, MN 55057-4044)

Student Exchanges Between the United States and Nazi Germany 1933-1941

Archival research on student exchanges between the US and Fascist Germany during the 1930s.

I seek an NEH Summer Stipend to research student exchanges between the United States and Nazi Germany. The existence of such exchanges complicates our understanding of transnational cultural networks as means of escaping from the restrictions of the state. Exchanges between the U.S. and Nazi Germany show that these networks served to support nationalist agendas. To develop this argument, I will work in the hitherto unexplored archives of an organization at the heart of transatlantic exchanges during the 1930s: the Institute of International Education (IIE) based in New York City. My project seeks to explore the workings of transatlantic networks during an isolationist period, to question the assumption that politics (rather than culture or education) determined the relationship between regimes as different as the United States and Nazi Germany, and to assess the implications of this episode.

Project fields:
European History; Political History; U.S. History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 8/31/2016