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Joachim Radkau

Joachim Radkau German historian

German historian
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Intro German historian
Is Historian Historian of technology Historian of the modern age Professor Educator
From Germany
Type Academia Social science Technology
Gender male
Birth 1943, Oberlübbe, Germany
Age: 77 years
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Joachim Radkau (born October 4, 1943) is a German historian.

Life

Radkau was born in Oberlübbe, now Hille, Landkreis Minden. Son of a Protestant priest, he studied history in Münster, Berlin (Freie Universität) and Hamburg from 1963 to 1968. He was influenced e.g. by Fritz Fischer. His doctorate 1970 treated the role of German immigrants 1933-45 on Franklin D. Roosevelt. From 1971 on he started to teach at Bielefeld University.

1972 till 1974 Radkau wrote together with George W. F. Hallgarten a synopsis of German industry and politics. His views about the role of Hermann Josef Abs in German negotiations with Israel led to legal claim of Deutsche Bank.

Radkau received the venia legendi with a study about Rise and Crises of the German nuclear industry 1980. History of technology and Environmental history are favorite topics of Radkau. Besides forestry and the role of environmental protection in the German history, including the Third Reich, Radkau researched as well the relation between Nervosität (Anxiety) and technical development in the German Empire, adding biographical studies about Thomas Mann and Max Weber.

Awards and honors

  • 2009: World History Association Book Prize, Nature and Power

Selected publications

  • Die deutsche Emigration in den USA. Ihr Einfluß auf die amerikanische Europapolitik 1933-1945. Düsseldorf 1971, ISBN 3-571-09190-6
  • Zus. mit George W. F. Hallgarten: Deutsche Industrie und Politik von Bismarck bis heute. Frankfurt/Köln 1974, ISBN 3-499-17450-2
  • Zus. mit Imanuel Geiss (Hrsg.): Imperialismus im 20. Jahrhundert. Gedenkschrift für George W. F. Hallgarten. München 1976, ISBN 3-406-06464-7
  • Aufstieg und Krise der deutschen Atomwirtschaft 1945-1975. Verdrängte Alternativen in der Kerntechnik und der Ursprung der nuklearen Kontroverse. Reinbek 1983, ISBN 3-499-17756-0
  • Zus. mit Ingrid Schäfer: Holz - Ein Naturstoff in der Technikgeschichte. Reinbek 1987, ISBN 3-499-17728-5
  • Technik in Deutschland. Vom 18. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart. Frankfurt/M. 1989, ISBN 3-518-11536-7
  • Das Zeitalter der Nervosität. Deutschland zwischen Bismarck und Hitler. München 1998, ISBN 3-446-19310-3
  • Natur und Macht. Eine Weltgeschichte der Umwelt. München 2000, ISBN 3-406-48655-X
  • Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment. By Joachim Radkau. Publications of the German Historical Institute Series. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008
  • Mensch und Natur in der Geschichte. Leipzig 2002 (Politische Weltkunde, Arbeitsbuch für die Sekundarstufe II)
  • Max Weber. Die Leidenschaft des Denkens. München 2005, ISBN 3-446-20675-2
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