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Global & Area Studies|College of Arts and Sciences

Dave MessengerDavid A. Messenger, Associate Professor of History and Global & Area Studies, Director of the Global & Area Studies Program

 Ph.D., M.A., University of Toronto
 B.A., McGill University •766-6276 •
Office: Cheney 208
Fall 2014 office hours:
T 1:30-3 W 10:30-12

David A. Messenger is a specialist in twentieth century international/global and European history. His research and teaching center on political and social transitional periods and regime change, and collective memory of past injustices, in four periods of history: from war to dictatorship in Spain in the 1930s and 1940s; in the European transition to peace following the Second World War; in the democratic transition in Spain in the 1970s; and in the similar processes that have occurred in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe since the 1980s. He is most interested in exploring how the international system, domestic politics and societies at large deal with issues of justice and democratization following the end of wars and/or authoritarian and dictatorial regimes. He has held fellowships from the Government of Spain, the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC and the Mershon Center for International Strategic Studies at the Ohio State University.

Regular Course Offerings:
INST 2280 Introduction to European Studies
HIST/RELI 2080 Holocaust
HIST 4180/ 5180 Europe in the 20th Century
HIST 4310/ 5310 Second World War in Europe
HIST 4315/5315 Central Europe and the Holocaust (taught in Germany and Poland)
HIST 4320/5320 Memory and Identity in 20th Century Europe
HIST/INST 4380/5380 International History of Human Rights
Graduate level classes in Spanish Civil War, International Cold War and Civilians,War and the 20th Century.

Recent Publications:


Messenger, David A. and Katrin Paehler, eds. 2015. A Nazi Past: Recasting German Identity and Postwar Europe University Press of Kentucky.

Messenger, David A. 2014. Hunting Nazis in Franco’s Spain Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

Messenger, David A. 2008. L’Espagne Républicaine: French Policy and Spanish Republicanism in Liberated France Brighton, UK and Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, Studies in Spanish History Series.


Refereed Journal Articles/ Book Chapters 

Messenger, David A. 2012. “La colònia alemanya, els consolats nord-americans i la desnazificació a Vigo i Bilbao després de la Segona Guerra Mundial" (“The German Colony, American Consulates and Denazification in Vigo and Bilbao after the Second World War”) Segle XX: Revista catalana de história   5.

Messenger, David A. 2011. “Beyond War Crimes: Denazification, ‘Obnoxious’ Germans and Allied Policy in Franco’s Spain after the Second World War” Contemporary European History 20:4 (2011)

Messenger, David A. 2011. ‘Relations with Spain and European Neutrals’ in William Pederson, ed., A Companion to Franklin D. Roosevelt Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing 

Messenger, David A. 2009. ‘Exporting Republicanism: The French Government’s Defence of Political Prisoners in Franco’s Spain’ in Matthew P. Berg and Maria Mesner, eds., After Fascism: European Case Studies in Politics, Society and Identity since 1945 Berlin-Munster-Vienna-Zurich-London: Lit Verlag, pp. 37-58.

Messenger, David A. 2008. ‘A Real Break or Reluctant Parting? France, the United States and the Spanish Question’ Journal of European Studies 38:2, pp. 141-156.

Messenger, David A. 2006. ‘Our Spanish Brothers’ or ‘As at Plombières’: France and the Spanish Opposition to Franco, 1945-1948’ French History 20:1, pp. 52-74.

Messenger, David A. 2006.  ‘Against the Grain: Special Operations Executive in Spain, 1941-1945’in The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946 ed. Neville Wylie. London: Routledge, pp. 177-192.

Messenger, David A. 2006. ‘Dividing Europe: European Integration and the Impact of the Cold War’ in Origins and Evolution of the European Union ed. Desmond Dinan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 31-54.

Messenger, David A. 2005. ‘Rival Faces of France: Refugees, Would-be Allies and Economic Warfare in Spain, 1942-1944’ International History Review 27:1, pp. 25-46.


Book reviews
American Historical Review, Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Canadian Journal of History, Film and History, Global War Studies, International History Review, Intelligence and National Security, Journal of Contemporary History, Journal of Military History, H-Net, Reviews: New Books in History

General Editor, Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
German Studies Association
International Studies Association 

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