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General Information

Name:  Peter Fritzsche  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1959 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Fritzsche was born in Chicago and has been with the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, since 1987.

Biographical and Professional Information

Peter Fritzsche has been with the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, since 1987. He became a Professor in 1995 and served as the Department Chair from 2000-2005. Fritzsche has also edited two books: ''Imagining the Twentieth Century'' with Charles Stewart and''The Work of Memory: New Directions in the Study of German Society and Culture'' with Alon Confino.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A nation of fliers :
ISBN: 9780674037380. OCLC Number: 73998988

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Annotation Shows how the fascination of the German people with flight combined idealized notions of vitality and modernity with symbols of conquest over the natural and political worlds. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

Berlinwalks /
ISBN: 0752216015. OCLC Number: 32203949

Boxtree,. .

Germans into Nazis
ISBN: 067435091X. OCLC Number: 37157352

Harvard University Press,. .

Why did ordinary Germans vote for Hitler? In this dramatically plotted book, organized around crucial turning points in 1914, 1918, and 1933, Peter Fritzsche explains why the Nazis were so popular and what was behind the political choice made by the German people. Rejecting the view that Germans voted for the Nazis simply because they hated the Jews, or had been humiliated in World War I, or had been ruined by the Great Depression, Fritzsche makes the controversial argument that Nazism was part of a larger process of democratization and political invigoration that began with the outbreak of the war.

Life and death in the Third Reich /
ISBN: 0674034651. OCLC Number: 444776420

Belknap :. .

" ... Peter Fritzsche deciphers the puzzle of Nazism's ideological grip. Its basic appeal lay in the Volksgemeinschaft -- a "people's community" that appealed to Germans to be part of a great project to redress the wrongs of the Versailles treaty, make the country strong and vital, and rid the body politic of unhealthy elements. The goal was to create a new national and racial self-consciousness among Germans. For Germany to live, others -- especially Jews -- had to die. Diaries and letters reveal Germans' fears, desires, and reservations, while showing how Nazi concepts saturated everyday life. Fritzsche examines the efforts of Germans to adjust to new racial identities, to believe in the necessity of war, to accept the dynamic of unconditional destruction -- in short, to become Nazis"--Pub. website.

Nietzsche and the death of God :
ISBN: 0312450222. OCLC Number: 85852181

Bedford/St. Martin,. .

Reading Berlin 1900
ISBN: 9780674037366. OCLC Number: 434586567

Harvard University Press,. .

Reading Berlin 1900 /
ISBN: 0674748824. OCLC Number: 33079816

Harvard University Press,. .

Berlin in 1900 attracted writers, artists, and filmmakers whose fascination with the city manufactured an elaborate urban culture that insinuated itself into the most casual metropolitan encounters. The newspapers' daily versions fabricated Berlin into a sensational place, transforming city dwellers into flaneurs, browsers, and spectators. Paying more attention to the kaleidoscope of urban life than to singular world events, the print media reconstituted the metropolis into an extraordinary field of visual pleasure. At the same time, thanks to the extravagant and dramatic operations of the media, Berlin began to look more like the sensational front pages. Almost all Berliners were readers, and each day they took inventory of boulevards and alleyways, princes and prostitutes, the latest fashions and vanished landmarks. They consumed the city's sights as well as its commodities. Their city was an unending serial of surprise. Berlin's print culture enchanted the metropolis and thereby anticipated a modernist sensibility that celebrated the urban experience of discontinuity, instability, and transience. Fritzsche carefully explores this coming modernity, disentangling its myths from the modern experience itself and yielding an urban enclave at odds with its intended imperial destiny. It's a sharp-edged story with cameo appearances by Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin, and Alfred Doblin. This sumptuous history of a metropolis and its social and literary texts, of furtive glances and passersby, provides a rich evocation of a particularly exuberant, particularly fleeting moment in history.

Rehearsals for fascism :
ISBN: 0195057805. OCLC Number: 19739444

Oxford University Press,. .

Stranded in the present :
ISBN: 0674013395. OCLC Number: 53831746

Harvard University Press,. .

"In this book, Peter Fritzsche explores how Europeans and Americans saw themselves in the drama of history, how they took possession of a past thought to be slipping away, and how they generated countless stories about the sorrowful, eventful paths they chose to follow." "Tracing the scars of history, writers and painters, revolutionaries and exiles, soldiers and widows, and ordinary home dwellers took a passionate, even flamboyant, interest in the past. They argued politics, wrote diaries, devoured memoirs, and collected antiques, all the time charting their private paths against the tremors of public life. These nostalgic histories take place on battlefields trampled by Napoleon, along bucolic English hedges, against the fairytale silhouettes of the Grimms' beloved Germany, and in the newly constructed parlors of America's western territories." "This book takes a look at the modern age: our possessions, our heritage, and our newly considered selves."--Jacket.

The turbulent world of Franz Göll :
ISBN: 0674055314. OCLC Number: 754819993

Harvard University Press,. .

Franz Göll was a thoroughly typical Berliner. He worked as a clerk, sometimes as a postal employee, night watchman, or publisher's assistant. He enjoyed the movies, ate spice cake, wore a fedora, tamed sparrows, and drank beer or schnapps. He lived his entire life in a two-room apartment in Rote Insel, Berlin's famous working-class district. What makes Franz Göll different is that he left behind one of the most comprehensive diaries available from the maelstrom of twentieth-century German life. Deftly weaving in Göll's voice from his diary entries, Fritzsche narrates the quest of an ordinary citizen to make sense of a violent and bewildering century. Peter Fritzsche paints a deeply affecting portrait of a self-educated man seized by an untamable impulse to record, who stayed put for nearly seventy years as history thundered around him. Determined to compose a "symphony" from the music of everyday life, Göll wrote of hungry winters during World War I, the bombing of Berlin, the rape of his neighbors by Russian soldiers in World War II, and the flexing of U.S. superpower during the Reagan years. In his early entries, Göll grappled with the intellectual shockwaves cast by Darwin, Freud, and Einstein, and later he struggled to engage with the strange lifestyles that marked Germany's transition to a fluid, dynamic, unmistakably modern society. With expert analysis, Fritzsche shows how one man's thoughts and desires can give poignant shape to the collective experience of twentieth-century life, registering its manifold shocks and rendering them legible.