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Dr. Adam A. Blackler is an associate professor of history at the University of Wyoming. He is a historian of modern Germany and southern Africa, whose research emphasizes the transnational dimensions of imperial occupation and settler-colonial violence in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Dr. Blackler’s scholarly and teaching interests also include the political and social dynamics of Germany’s Weimar Republic (1919-1933) and the interdisciplinary fields of holocaust & genocide Studies and international human rights.
His first book monograph, entitled An Imperial Homeland: Forging German Identity in Southwest Africa, appeared in September 2022 in the Pennsylvania State University Press’s series “Germans Beyond Europe” sponsored by the Max Kade Research Institute. Among Dr. Blackler’s other recent publications include a co-edited anthology, entitled After the Imperialist Imagination: Two Decades of Research on Global Germany and Its Legacies and a chapter in the multi-volume collection, A Cultural History of Genocide. He was the recipient of the University of Wyoming’s Extraordinary Merit in Research Award in 2022. Dr. Blackler is presently researching a second book-length project, entitled “We remain loyal to the Fatherland!”: Outposts of Empire in Weimar Germany, which explores how imperial adherents publicly assuaged their humiliated national ego against a backdrop of military defeat, political collapse, and economic catastrophe between 1919 and 1933.
Dr. Blackler offers a wide range of survey, upper-division, capstone, online, study abroad, and graduate courses in modern European and world history. Course topics include European colonialism, nationalism and transnationalism, comparative fascism and genocide, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Weimar Germany, and human rights and crimes against humanity.
Holocaust & Genocide Studies
“From Boondoggle to Settlement Colony: Hendrik Witbooi and the Evolution of Germany’s Imperial Project in Southwest Africa, 1884-1894” Central European History 50, No. 4 (December 2017), pp. 449-470
After the Imperialist Imagination: A Quarter Century of Research on Global Germany and Its Legacies (Oxford: Peter Lang Press), edited and introduced with Sara Pugach and David Pizzo (Expected Spring 2020)
“Consequences of Genocide,” A Cultural History of Genocide: The Long Nineteenth Century, Bloomsbury Press (Expected Fall 2020)
“Language, Empire, and Nation: Aspiring Settler-Colonists and the Heimat Ideal,” A Quarter Century of Research on Global Germany and Its Legacies (Oxford: Peter Lang Press) (Expected Spring 2020)
Review of Susanne Kuss, German Colonial Wars and the Context of Military Violence, in German Studies Review 42, No. 1 (February 2019): 147-149.
Review of Nina Berman, Germans on the Kenyan Coast, in German Studies Review 42, No. 1 (February 2019): 149-151.
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
From Kaiser to Kanzlerin: History of Modern Germany
Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy
Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity
Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
History Theory and Methods
World History since 1500