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Christian Bailey

Assistant Professor of History

Christian Bailey is assistant professor of history and a contributing member of the gender studies faculty. Most of his courses explore modern European history, although often from a global perspective. His first book, Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: German Visions of Europe, 1926–1950 (2013, paperback 2016) focused on German ideas for integrating Europe in the mid-20th century.

His current research focuses on a relatively new field: the history of emotions. As a contribution to this field, he has written a book on love within German Jewish communities (German Jews in Love: A History, forthcoming from Stanford University Press). The book starts in the 1870s, when marriages between Jews and Christians were first permitted, and ends a century later, in the aftermath of the sexual revolution. He argues that by exploring people’s most intimate experiences we learn how cultural and political norms became a reality in people’s everyday lives. By studying sources such as diaries, love letters, and court reports, we can also understand how individuals unwittingly provoked cultural, social, and ultimately political change by such simple acts as falling in love. 

More About Me

Bailey completed his PhD at Yale University before moving on to the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, where he was a postdoctoral researcher. He is currently reviews editor at Contemporary European History

In Bailey’s classes, students examine Europe from a global viewpoint and consider compelling new historical interpretations. Bailey is particularly interested in understanding Europe from the often neglected viewpoint of outsiders: the minorities, the colonized, and the immigrants.

Publications

Books (authored)

German Jews in Love: A History, (Stanford: Stanford University Press), forthcoming

Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: German Visions of Europe, 1926-1950,(New York and Oxford: Berghahn 2013, paperback, 2016)

(co-authored or edited)

Margrit Pernau, Helge Jordheim et al, Civilizing Emotions: Concepts in Nineteenth Century Asia and Europe, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Christian Bailey (ed.) Europe Transformed, 1968-1989, (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 2014)

Frevert, Ute, Monique Scheer, Anna Schimdt, Pascal Eitler, Bettina Hitzer, Nina Verheyen, Benno Gammerl, Christian Bailey, and Margrit Pernau Emotional Lexicons: Continuity and Change in the Vocabulary of Feeling, 1700-2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Appeared in German as Gefühlswissen: Eine lexicalische Spurensuche in der Moderne, (Frankfurt a.M.: Campus, 2011)

Articles

 ”Nächstenliebe in the Age of Nationalism: Reclaiming a Jewish Emotion between the Fin-de-Siecle and the First World War,” The Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook 66, (2021) 

Socialist Visions of Europe in Germany: A Case of Ostpolitik since the 1920s? Contemporary European History. 26.2 (2017)

Honor among Peers? A Comparative History of Honor Practices in Post-War Britain and West Germany.” The Journal of Modern History. 87.4 (2015): 809-851

Discussion: Visions of Europe in the Twentieth Century,German History. 34.2 (2016): 315-320

The History of Emotions,Contemporary European History. 25.1 (2016): 163-175

From an International to a Transnational History of European Integration: Some Stages on the Journey,Korean Journal of European Integration. 3 (2011)

The Continuities of West German History: Conceptions of Europe, Democracy and the West.” Geschichte und Gesellschaft. 36.4 (2010): 567-596

The European Discourse in Germany 1939-1950: Three Case Studies.” German History. 28.4 (2010): 453-478

Honour Bestowed and Felt? Verdienstorden in the Federal Republic of Germany after 1945.” Tel Aviver Jahrbuch fuer deutsche Geschichte. 38 (2010)

 Book Chapters

The ‘Worship of Nature?’ Psychological and Aesthetic Theories of the Emotions at the Fin-de-Siècle,” in Hermann Kappelhoff, Jan-Hendrik Bakels, Hauke Lehmann, Christina Schmitt (eds), Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch – Emotions. An interdisciplinary handbook, (Stuttgart/Weimar: J.B. Metzler, 2020)

Democracy as Ideal and Practice: Historicizing The Crisis of the European Union,” in Gaspare M. Genna, Thomas O. Haakenson and Ian M. Wilson (eds.), Jürgen Habermas and the European Economic Crisis: Cosmopolitanism Reconsidered, (New York: Routledge, 2016)

Germany: Orientalism, Emotional Geographies, and the Re-drawing of Civilizational Trajectories,” in Pernau and Jordheim, Civilizing Emotions: Concepts in Nineteenth Century Asia and Europe, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)
The Second Cold War and the Search for Political and Social Peace, 1975-1989,” in Bailey, Europe Transformed, 1968-1989, (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 2014)

with Silvia de Renzi.Shaking the Cold War Order in Western Europe: Politics and Popular Protest, 1968-1975,” in Bailey, Europe Transformed, 1968-1989

Social Emotions,” in Ute Frevert et al, Emotional Lexicons: Continuity and Change in the Vocabulary of Feeling, 1700-2000, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)

Reconstructing Eastern Europe,” in Bailey, Europe Reconstructed, 1945-1968