Prophet of a Partitioned World: Ferdinand Fried and the Dialectics of Deglobalization, 1929–1950

Joshua Derman, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Thursday, November 19, 2020 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, November 19, 2020 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

How did Germans in the Third Reich imagine the future of global order? This lecture considers the world economy as imagined by Ferdinand Fried (1898–1967), one of the most prominent German journalists of the 1930s. Fried argued that the world economy was inexorably passing from globalization through economic nationalism to a reconstituted “world economy of great spaces,” comprised of massive regional blocs. Deglobalization, as he depicted it, was a global experience that produced similar economic and political outcomes around the world. His writings anticipated and inspired Nazi propaganda aimed at legitimizing German hegemony in Europe. They illustrate how dialectical and global visions of history have resonated with conservative intellectuals during crises of the world economy.

Joshua Derman is associate professor of humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his PhD in modern European history from Princeton University and his BA in philosophy from Harvard University. He is the author of Max Weber in Politics and Social Thought: From Charisma to Canonization (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He is currently completing a book about National Socialism and international thought.

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