Associate Professor of History
Udi Greenberg studies and teaches modern European history, intellectual history, and international history. His scholarship and teaching focuses especially on the intersection of ideas, institution building, and Europe's interactions with the world.
His first book, The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2014), traces the intellectual, institutional, and political journey of five influential political theorists from their education in Weimar Germany to their participation in the formation of the Cold War. It argues that both Germany’s postwar democratization, and the German-American alliance, were deeply shaped by these émigrés’ attempts to revive intellectual, religious, and political projects first developed in Weimar Germany. In 2016, it was awarded the Council of European Studies’ Book Prize (for best first book in European studies 2013-2015). Chinese and German translations are forthcoming.
He is currently working on a second book-length project, tentatively titled Days of Fire: Protestants, Decolonization, and European Integration, 1885-1961. This project explores the intersections between twentieth-century religious thought and global politics. It demonstrates how a broad array of Protestant thinkers and politicians spearheaded Europe’s shift from national imperialism to decolonization and transnational integration after World War II. In particular, growing anxieties that Europe was becoming “secularized” led diverse actors—German missionaries, British politicians, Scandinavian church leaders, and French diplomats—to encourage Europeans to abandon their quest to evangelize “heathen” peoples overseas. Instead, Protestants helped forge a supra-national union at home, which they believed would inspire Christian unity and reestablish Europe as Christendom’s center. Drawing on multiple sources and archives, this project uncovers the intellectual motors of dramatic international transformations.
The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2014).
“Germany’s Postwar Reeducation and its Weimar Intellectual Roots, Journal of Contemporary History 46:1 (2011) 10-32.
Works in Progress
Currently working on a book manuscript which explores the role of religion Europe's shift from national imperialism in the late nineteenth century to decolonization and integration in the mid 20th century.