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Jim Wald
Works at Hampshire College
Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lives in Amherst, MA
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Historian; involved in local government when they let me
Introduction
Cultural historian: modern Europe, German studies, literary history and history of the book. Rabid but amiable historic preservationist.
Bragging rights
still a Cubs fan despite everything; know how to deal with large dogs, brew beer, read old German manuscript hands
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    history, French and German literature
  • Princeton University
    history, German literature
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Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
professor, history
Skills
no skills--I'm an academic
Employment
  • Hampshire College
    professor, history, present
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Amherst, MA

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This is a document that my father acquired during his service with the US Occupation Government in Germany after World War II: confiscated, or just found in his office or quarters—I don’t know. It is described as a “war diary...
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Wishing all my friends a very happy new year! A greeting from the vaults. This is a sentimental old favorite from my collection: nothing special in itself, just an old greeting card from Czechoslovakia that I inherited from...
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This year, as every year, Amherst celebrated Human Rights Day, marking the anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 1948). Members of the Amherst Select Board have few ceremoni...
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As noted in the previous post, Hampshire College's decision to resume flying the American flag in the wake of the protest by a veterans' group led the organizers to cancel the second demonstration scheduled for a week later...
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In response to students' anger and fear in the wake of the presidential election and their protests that the American flag represented racism and oppression, Hampshire College controversially decided on a temporary removal of...
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On the first anniversary of the creation of the Empire, Napoleon won "the greatest battle of [his] career" when he defeated the forces of Austria and Russia at Austerlitz (Slavkov) near Brünn (Brno) in Moravia. The triumph wa...
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The Nazis were nothing if not culturally acquisitive. Although harshly critical of modernist art and literature, they portrayed themselves as the heirs and custodians of the great European and German national cultural traditi...
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Since we've been on the subject of Baroque Christmas art and depictions of the Nativity, I'll share this little piece from my collection. It's a French eighteenth-century pencil sketch with sepia wash, on laid paper (c. 40 x ...
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The Battle of Verdun, which had begun on 21 February 1916, at last came to an end on 17 December. The meat-grinder, as it came to be known, occasioned some 700,000 to 900,000 French and German casualties--among them at least ...
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By now practically everyone in the country has heard the story, regardless of whether you read the New York Times or watch Fox News. It was with a mixture of fascination and horror that I watched the slow-motion political tra...
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This simple message announced the attack on Hawaii 75 years ago. The Library of Congress reproduces the document in its post for the anniversary: "A hurried dispatch from the ranking United States naval officer in Pearl Har...
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Because I'm teaching my course on modern East Central Europe again this fall, it seems an appropriate time to remember the so-called "Velvet Revolution" (a sappy term I never liked) in the course of which dissidents peacefull...
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