Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Harvard University; Unit Director, Transformations of Democracy, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB); Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
November 8, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
When he first became a historian, Thomas Weber never
imagined writing at any length about Adolf Hitler. So many great works of
scholarship had been published about the leader of the Third Reich, he found it
difficult to imagine that there was anything new or worthwhile left to say.
However, as his research took him through archives and private collections in
attics and basements on three continents, he started to see the flaws in our
understanding of Hitler. Most notably, at a time of new authoritarian populism,
new threats to democracy, and an unraveling of the globalization of our own
times, he was no longer sure that we really knew how Hitler had become a Nazi.