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 William L. Patch

William R. Kenan Professor of History

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA 24450-0303

e-mail: patchw@wlu.edu

Office telephone: 540-458-8774

Home telephone: 540-463-3852

Fax: 540-458-8498  

EDUCATION:

Ph.D., Yale University

1975-1981

Major field:

German social and political history, 1848-1945

 

Minor fields:

Modern European cultural history, 1860-1930;

Reformation Europe, 1500-1648

 

B.A. with Great Distinction, University of California at Berkeley

1971-1975

Major:

History

 

Attended University of Göttingen in Germany

1973-1974

 

ACADEMIC HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship

1999-2000

Helena Percas de Ponseti Research Scholar (Grinnell College)

Summer 1989

Charles A. Whiting Fellow

1979-1980

German Academic Exchange Fellow, University of Bochum

1978-1979

Yale University Fellow

1975-1978

Graduated with High Honors in History from University of California

1975

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

1975

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

Since 2006

 

William R. Kenan Professor of History

 

Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

1985-2005

 

Professor of History

1998-2005

 

Associate Professor of History

1989-1998

 

Assistant Professor of History

1985-1989

Taught introductory surveys of modern Europe and of “cultural encounters” between Europeans, Africans, and Asians; intermediate courses on France from royal absolutism to democracy, Germany from national unification to reunification, and international relations in the twentieth century; and advanced seminars on the Third Reich, the socialist labor movement, and the First World War.

 

Nanjing University, Nanjing, China: Visiting Professor

June 2001

 

 

Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

1984-1985

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

 

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

1981-1984

 

Assistant Professor of History

 

Taught the classics of political theory since Thucydides in Directed Studies, a two-semester survey of German history, and seminars on the socialist labor movement and the First World War

 

 

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

Monographs:

  • [Book manuscript in progress:] “Between the Fronts: Christian Workers as Mediators between the CDU and the German Labor Federation, 1945-1970.”
  • Heinrich Brüning and the Dissolution of the Weimar Republic, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • The Christian Trade Unions in the Weimar Republic, 1918–1933:  The Failure of "Corporate Pluralism", New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.

 

Articles:

  • "The Catholic Church, the Third Reich, and the Origins of the Cold War: On the Usefulness and Limitations of Historical Evidence," Journal of Modern History, 82 (2010): 396-433.
  • "In Memory of Henry A. Turner," obituary published on February 5, 2009, on the H-GERMAN List: see http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=H-German&month=0902&week=a&msg=/%2b0WsP03udgOn7MHyo05aw&user=&pw=
  • “The Legend of Compulsory Unification: The Catholic Clergy and the Revival of Trade Unionism in West Germany after the Second World War,” Journal of Modern History, 79 (2007): 848-80.
  • Articles on “Heinrich Brüning,” “Ludwig Kaas,” the “League of Christian Trade Unions of Germany,” “Friedrich Naumann,” and “Adam Stegerwald,” in Roy Domenico and Mark Hanley (eds), Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Politics, 2 vols, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2006.
  • “Fascism, Catholic Corporatism, and the Christian Trade Unions of Germany, Austria, and France,” in Jan de Mayer, Lex Heerma van Voss, and Patrick Pasture (eds), Between Cross and Class: Comparative Histories of Christian Labour in Europe, Bern: Peter Lang, 2005, pp. 173-201.
  • “Heinrich Brüning’s Recollections of Monarchism:  The Birth of a Red Herring,” Journal of Modern History, 70 (1998): 340–370.
  • "Class Prejudice and the Failure of the Weimar Republic," German Studies Review, 12 (1989): 35–54.
  • "Dokumentation:  Adolf Hitler und der Christlich-Soziale Volksdienst.  Ein Gespräch aus dem Frühjahr 1932," Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, 37 (1989): 145–55.
  • “German Social History and Labor History:  A Troubled Partnership," Journal of Modern History, 56 (1984): 483–498.

 

Book Reviews: 

  • Review of Franziska Brüning, Frankreich und Heinrich Brüning.  Ein deutscher Kanzler in der französischen Wahrnehmung, published online in April 2013 on H-German at http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=36573.
  • Review of John W. O'Malley, What Happened at Vatican II, published in The Historian, 73 (2011): 393-94.
  • Review of Steven J. Brady, Eisenhower and Adenauer: Alliance Meintenance under Pressure, 1953-1960, published in Journal of Military History, 74 (2010): 1335-36.
  • Review of Stefan Vogt, Nationaler Sozialismus und Soziale Demokratie.  Die sozialdemokratische junge Rechte 1918-1945, published in Central European History, 43 (2010): 713-16. 
  • Review of Eric Kurlander, The Price of Exclusion: Race, Nationalism and the Decline of German Liberalism 1898-1933, published on H-German Listservice, November 2009: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=25822.
  • Review of Richard Frankel, Bismarck’s Shadow: The Cult of Leadership and the Transformation of the German Right, 1898-1945, published in Central European History, 41 (2008): 148-50.
  • Review of Jonathan Wright, Gustav Stresemann: Weimar’s Greatest Statesman, published in Central European History, 38 (2005): 496-98.
  • Conference Report: “The Adenauer Era in Perspective,” summarizing the proceedings of a conference at Georgetown University on March 24/25, 2006, published on H-German Listservice, April 3, 2006
  • Review of Bernhard Forster, Adam Stegerwald (1874-1945): Christlich-nationale Gewerkschafter, Zentrumspolitiker, Mitbegründer der Unionsparteien, published in the Journal of Modern History, 77 (2005): 843-45.
  • Review of Stefan Berger, Social Democracy and the Working Class in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Germany, published on H-German Listservice, July 2003: www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=235551058984804
  • Review of Michael Wala, Weimar und Amerika.  Botschafter Friedrich von Prittwitz und Gaffron und die deutsch-amerikanischen Beziehungen von 1927 bis 1933, published in the International History Review, 24 (2002): 681-82.
  • Review of Ulrike Hörster-Philipps, Joseph Wirth, 1879–1956.  Eine politische Biographie, published in the Journal of Modern History, 72 (2000): 1054–56.
  • Review of Gotthard Klein, Der Volksverein für das katholische Deutschland 1890–1933.  Geschichte, Bedeutung, Untergang, published in the Journal of Modern History, 71 (1999): 754–56.
  • Review of Dirk Müller, Arbeiter, Katholizismus, Staat.  Der Volksverein für das katholische Deutschland und die katholischen Arbeiterorganisationen in der Weimarer Republik, published in the Journal of Modern History, 70 (1998): 499–501.
  • Review of John Kulczycki, The Foreign Worker and the German Labor Movement, pp.  Xenophobia and Solidarity in the Coal Fields of the Ruhr, 1871–1914, published in the American Historical Review, 101 (1996): 1567.
  • Review of Wolfgang Schroeder, Katholizismus und Einheitsgewerkschaft.  Der Streit um den DGB und der Niedergang des Sozialkatholizismus in der Bundesrepublik bis 1960, published in the American Historical Review, 99 (1994): 1718–19.
  • Review of Gerhard Schulz, Von Brüning zu Hitler.  Der Wandel des politischen Systems in Deutschland 1930–1933, published in Central European History, 26 (1993): 131–35.
  • Review of Eric Dorn Brose, Christian Labor and the Politics of Frustration in Imperial Germany, published in the Journal of Modern History, 58 (1986): 985–87.
  • Review of John A. Moses, Trade Unionism in Germany from Bismarck to Hitler, published in International Labor and Working-Class History, 26 (1984): 111–13.
  • “The Holocaust and the German People,” (review of Daniel Goldhagen, Hitler’s Willing Executioners), published in the Grinnell History Newsletter, December 1996, pp. 5–7.
  • Schindler’s List: The Movie and the Book,” published in the Grinnell History Newsletter, February 1994, pp. 3–6.

 

PAPERS DELIVERED

  • "The Debate over West German Rearmament in the 1950s," Washington and Lee Law School symposium on "Parliament's Army: Lessons on Germany from Law and War," October 2012.
  • "Tyranny of the Majority?  Christian Social Workers as Mediators between the CDU and the German Labor Federation," Yale History Symposium in honor of Henry A. Turner, October 17, 2009.
  • “’Not a Large but a Strong Right!’  The Rise of Alfred Hugenberg in the DNVP, 1928/29,” German Studies Association convention, San Diego, October 2007.
  • “Was the Brüning Cabinet 'Presidential’?” (paper for a panel on the role of presidential power in the Weimar Republic), German Studies Association convention, September 2003.
  • “Fascism, Catholic Corporatism, and the Christian Trade Unions of Germany, Austria, and France,” Symposium on Christian Labor Organizations in International Comparison, International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam, January 2001.
  • “Is Economics Fate?  The German Government in the Great Depression,” Grinnell College History Colloquium, October 1997.
  • “Nazi Stormtroopers and Neo-Nazi Youth in the Federal Republic of Germany,” Ford Foundation Bridging Seminar on Nationalism in Western and Eastern Europe, University of Iowa, June 1993.
  • “Heinrich Brüning and the Prussian Tradition: On the Problems of Utilizing Memoirs in Historical Research,” Grinnell College History Colloquium, February 1990.
  • “Heinrich Brüning und die preußische Tradition,” University of Bochum, July 1989.
  • “The Christian Trade Unions and the Paralysis of Parliamentary Government, 1927–1930,” American Historical Association annual convention, December 1986.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE 

Chair, Washington and Lee French history tenure track job search

2007

Chair, Grinnell College German history leave replacement job search

2004-2005

Chair, Grinnell College British history tenure track job search

2003-2004

Chair, Grinnell College Department of History

2000-2002; 1992-1994

Member, Grinnell College Off-Campus Study Board

2002-2005

Member, Grinnell College Admissions Board

2000-2003

Chair, Grinnell College Western European Studies Concentration

1990-1999

Member, Grinnell College Social Studies Division Personnel Review Board

2001-2003; 1998-1999; 1992-1994

Convener, Ford Foundation Bridging Seminar on “Nationalism in Western and Eastern Europe,” Grinnell College & University of Iowa

Summer 1993

Chair, Grinnell College Teacher Education Committee

1993-1994; 1988-1989

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

 

Fluent in German, written and spoken

 

 

Good reading knowledge of French