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Troy R.E. Paddock


1994 Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, Modern European History
1989 M.A. University of California at Berkeley, Modern European History
1987 B.A. Pepperdine University, History and Philosophy

Research Interests

On the most general level, I am interested in what might be called "low intellectual history." By that I mean the dissemination of ideas in the general public. For example, how the ideas of Charles Darwin or Friedrich Nietzsche are disseminated, used and misused is as interesting to me as the ideas themselves. As a result, I have done research on schoolbooks and newspapers in Imperial Germany in an effort to determine how children are taught ideas and how these same ideas are discussed in the public sphere. This research extends to the formation of stereotypes and how it influenced German propaganda in the First World War. I am also interested in questions of historical epistemology and how it affects our understanding of place and space.  My next major project focuses on the Mosel River.



Creating the Russian Peril: Education, the Public Sphere and National Identity in Imperial Germany, 1890-1914,( Camden House, Forthcoming March 1, 2010) 

A Call to Arms: Propaganda, Public Opinion and Newspapers in the Great War (Praeger, 2004). It examines the newspaper coverage of World War I in Austria, England,France, Germany and Russia. I edited the work, and wrote the introduction, conclusion and chapter on Germany.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Is One World Enough for All of Us?: Thoughts on Globalization.” Dangers in the Incommensurability of Globalization: Socio-Political Volatilities, Gary Backhaus and John Murungi, eds.  (Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2008) 38-57.

“Chronoscapes/Chronos Escapes: a Meditation on Historical Time,” Ecoscapes: Geographical Patternings of Relations, Gary Backhaus and John Murungi, eds. (Lexington Books, 2006) 165-180.

“Rethinking Friedrich Meinecke’s Historicism," Rethinking History vol. 10:1 (January 2006), 95-108.

“Creating an Oriental Feinbild” Central European History vol. 39:2, (June 2006), 214-243.

“Land Makes the Man: Topography and National Character in German School Books,” in Lived Topographies and their Mediating Factors, Gary Backhaus and John Murungi, eds. (Lexington Books, 2005) 77-92.

“Gedachtes Wohnen: Heidegger and Cultural Geography” Philosophy and Geography vol. 7:2 (2004) 239- 253. A reply to a critique of this article was also published in the same volume, “In defense of homology and history: a response to Allen,” 259-260.

"Dobra ruska miza, slaba ruska miza - Thomas Mann in nemški orientalizem", Borec, Vol. LVI/2004, No. 617-620, pp. 12-23.

"Historiker als Politiker" in Russen und Rußland aus deutscher Sicht, Band 4: 19./20. Jahrhundert: Von der Reichsgründung bis zum Ersten Weltkrieg, Mechthild Keller ed., in the series "West-östliche Spiegelungen," Lew Kopelew, series editor, Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2000. This essay is reprinted in Zauber und Abwehr. ZurKulturgeschichte der deutsch-russischen Beziehungen, Dagmar Hermann and Mechthild Keller, eds. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2003.

"Still Stuck at Sevastopol: The Depiction of Russia during the Russo-Japanese War & the Beginning of World War I in the German Press." German History, 16:3 (1998) 358-376.

Works In Progress

"Plenty of Barbarians, but No Bird's Milk: The Depiction of Russia in German School Books, 1890-1914." Internationale Schulbuchforschung. 20:1 (1998) 35-50.

Article in progress: Not one of us: Thoughts on Education and the Formation of National Identity.  Articles on German newspapers in public discourse and teaching historical methodology in progress.

I am in the beginning stages of a cultural/environmental history of the Mosel River.

I am also putting together a proposal for an edited volume on propaganda and World War I for Brill.