Demolishing “Participatory Dictatorship”: Leipzig in 1968

By Andrew Demshuk In a rambling speech to colleagues on Hitler’s birthday in 1963, district party secretary Paul Fröhlich insisted upon the proposed demolition of Leipzig’s fully intact Gothic University Church: “I recommend that, when deciding this question, we proceed on the basis of the Politburo resolution. The people can certainly express their opinion about […]

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May 21, 2018

2018 AHA Research Grant Winners

Each year, the American Historical Association awards several research grants with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a number of diverse subject areas. The AHA is pleased to announce the 2018 winners for the Albert J. Beveridge Grant, Michael Kraus Research Grant, Littleton-Griswold Grant, and the Bernadotte Schmitt Grant. The […]

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History Education in Finland: Some Impressions

By Darcy R. Fryer Journalists can’t stop talking about Finnish education. Finland has won kudos both for its consistently strong performance on the PISA—an international survey that evaluates education systems worldwide—and for its success in promoting broad equality of opportunity, a healthy work-life balance, and a high degree of autonomy by highly educated teachers. My […]

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May 17, 2018

AHA Member Spotlight: Charles Walker

Charles Walker is a professor of history at the University of California, Davis, where he holds the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights. He also directs the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas. He lives in Davis, California, and has been a member since 1991. 

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May 15, 2018