1st Edition

Intellectual Collaboration with the Third Reich Treason or Reason?

Edited By Maria Björkman, Patrik Lundell, Sven Widmalm Copyright 2019
    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    The book investigates the rather neglected "intellectual" collaboration between National Socialist Germany and other countries, including views on knowledge and politics among "pro-German" intellectuals, using a comparative approach. These moves were shaped by the Nazi system, which viewed scientific and cultural exchange as part and parcel of their cultural propaganda and policy. Positive views of the Hitler regime among intellectuals of all sorts were indicative of a broader discontent with democracy that, among other things, represented an alternative approach to modernization which was not limited to the German heartlands.

    This book draws together international experts in an analysis of right-wing Europe under Hitler; a study which has gained new resonance amidst the wave of European nationalism in the twenty-first century.

    List of contributors


    Collaboration and normalization

    Maria Björkman, Patrik Lundell & Sven Widmalm

    "Zwischenvölkisches Verstehen": Theory and practice of knowledge transfer between 1933 and 1945

    Andrea Albrecht, Lutz Danneberg and Alexandra Skowronski

    The art of Nazi international networking: The visual arts in the rhetoric and reality of Hitler’s European New Order

    Benjamin Martin

    Treason? What treason? German-foreign friendship societies and transnational relations between right-wing intellectuals during the Nazi period

    Johannes Dafinger

    Some remarks on relations between Germany and Japan in the field of research 1933‒1945

    Hans-Joachim Bieber

    Between competition, co-operation and collaboration: The International Committee of Historical Sciences, the International Historical Congresses and the German historiography, 1933–1945

    Matthias Berg

    The Academy of Sciences of Lisbon between science, international politics, and neutrality (1932–1945)

    Fernando Clara

    Sympathy for the Devil? American support for German sciences after 1933

    Helke Rausch

    Hektor Ammann’s völkisch idea of medieval economics and the place of Switzerland in Nazi-dominated Europe

    Fabian Link

    An agent of indirect propaganda: Normalizing Nazi Germany in the Swedish medical journal Svenska Läkartidningen 1933–1945

    Annika Berg

    Transnational encounters in science: Knowledge exchanges and ideological entanglements between Portugal and Nazi Germany (1933–1945)

    Cláudia Ninhos

    German foreign cultural policy and higher education in Brazil (1933–1942)

    André Felipe Cândido da Silva

    The politics of "neutral" science: Swiss geneticists and their relations with Nazi Germany

    Pascal Germann

    Contributing to the cultural "New Order": How German intellectuals attributed a prominent place for the Spanish nation

    Marició Janué I Miret

    Copenhagen Revisited

    Mark Walker

    On the structural conditions for scientific amorality

    Susanne Heim




    Maria Björkman is researcher at the Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, Sweden. 

    Patrik Lundell is professor of history at Örebro University, Sweden.

    Sven Widmalm is professor of history of science and ideas at Uppsala University, Sweden.