Prof. Dr. John C. Swanson
Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
School of History
Born 1965; 1996 Ph.D. (History), University of Minnesota; 1996-1997 Visiting Assistant Professor, Auburn University; 1997-2002 Assistant Professor, Utica College of Syracuse University; 2002-2012 Associate Professor, Utica College; 2008-Present Book Review Editor, HABSBURG H-Netsdam; 2012-present Professor of History, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Books, Proceedings, Editions, and Articles (10 selected)
- Otto Bauer külpolitikája és a Magyar Tanácsköztársaság," ["Otto Bauer's Foreign Policy Regarding the Hungarian Soviet Republic"] AETAS (Hungarian Historical Journal) (1994/3), 57-70.
- Otto Bauer as Austrian Foreign Minister: Rethinking Bauer's Anschluss Policy," in T. M. Islamov and A. I. Miller, eds., Avstro-Vengriia: Opyt mnogonatsional'nogo gosudarstva (Moscow: Russian Academy of Sciences, 1995), 142-154.
- The Sopron Plebiscite of 1921: A Success Story." East European Quarterly, 34/1 (March 2000), 81-94.
- The Remnants of the Habsburg Monarchy: The Shaping of Modern Austria and Hungary, 1918-1922. (Boulder, Colorado: East European Monographs, distributed by Columbia University Press, 2001).
- Modern Europe: Sources and Perspectives from History. Edited with Michael Melancon, Auburn University. (New York: Longman Publishers, 2003).
- Minority-Building in the German Diaspora: The Hungarian-Germans,” Austrian History Yearbook, volume 36 (2005): 148-166.
- Nation, Volk, Minderheit, Volksgruppe: Die deutsche Minderheit in Ungarn in den Begriffskämpfen der Zwischenkriegsära.” Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, 55 (2006): 526-547.
- Nineteenth-Century Europe: Sources and Perspectives from History. Edited with Michael Melancon, Auburn University. (New York: Longman Publishers, 2007).
- The Second World War and Its Aftermath: Ethnic German Communities in the East,” in Germans and the East, edited by Charles Ingrao and Franz A.J. Szabo (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2008), 347-361.
- The Body of the Empire,” in A Central European Empire: The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, edited by András Gerö (Budapest: Officina 96 and London: New Holland Publishers Ltd, 2008).
Minorities and ethnic Categorization: The struggle over the Meaning of "Being German"
My research project attempts to problematize the process that could be seen as the transition of rural German speakers in Hungary from German-speaking Hungarians to Volksdeutsche during the twentieth century. I accomplish this by describing the discrepancy and the struggle between a local, tangible understanding concerning what “German” meant for German-speaking villagers and more völkisch or ethnic senses propagated by Germany, Hungary, and even the Hungarian-German leadership. This allows me to explain how ethnic and national categories began to dominate political and popular discourse by the early twentieth century and point to how individuals started to employ such categories to “think the nation” and “think the minority.”