Russell A. Berman

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Biography: 

Russell A. Berman, the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a co-chair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order.

Berman specializes in the study of German literary history and cultural politics. He is a member of both the Department of German Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford. He has served in numerous administrative positions at Stanford.

He is the author of numerous articles and books including Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture (1998) and The Rise of the Modern German Novel: Crisis and Charisma (1986), both of which won the Outstanding Book Award of the German Studies Association (in 2000 and 1987, respectively). Hoover Institution Press published his books Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad (2010) and Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem (2004). His other books include Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty, and Western Culture (2007), Cultural Studies of Modern Germany: Representation and Nationhood (1993), Modern Culture and Critical Theory: Art, Politics, and the Legacy of the Frankfurt School (1989), and Between Fontane and Tucholsky: Literary Criticism and the Public Sphere in Wilhelmine Germany (1983). He has also published numerous articles in the Hoover Digest, most recently "Spoken Like a World Citizen" (spring 2011). His writings have also appeared in Defining Ideas and Advancing a Free Society.

Berman has received many honors and awards including a Mellon Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University (1982–83), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1988–89), and the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany (1997).

Berman received his BA in 1972 from Harvard and his doctorate from Washington University in 1979.

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The Caravan: The Hour of Europe?

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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The Hour of Europe?

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

That the tide of American might is retreating from its outposts is unmistakable.  The US military presence in Western Europe, a legacy of the Second World War, melted away after the collapse of the Soviet empire.

Analysis and Commentary

The Caravan: About that Flexibility, Mr. President

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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About that Flexibility, Mr. President

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In your well reported aside to Vladimir Putin, you promised him greater flexibility after the election. That moment has come.

Analysis and Commentary

“Give Up Sovereignty!”

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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“Give Up Sovereignty!”

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Germany debates whether democracy is compatible with the European project.

Analysis and Commentary

Promoting Democracy, Promoting Change: European Lessons

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Sunday, August 12, 2012
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Promoting Democracy, Promoting Change: European Lessons

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Lessons from Europe can shed light on the challenge of Islamism in power. The experience of two world wars seemed to prove that Germans could never accept democracy. Yet Germany became an exemplary liberal democracy and the anchor for European stability.

Analysis and Commentary

Candidates in Europe

by Russell A. Bermanvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, August 6, 2012

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