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Prof. Dr. Dirk Bönker

Duke University
Guest Fellow
(finanziert durch DAAD
Faculty Research Grant)

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
School of History



Born 1967; 2002 PhD at Johns-Hopkins-University; 2003-04 Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of North Florida, 2004-05 James Bryant Conant Fellow, Harvard University; 2005-08 Assistant Professor of History, Duke University; 2006-present Speaker, Research Triangle Seminar in the History of the Military, War, and Society; 2008-present Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor of History, Duke University; 2009-present Member, Steering Committee, North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series; 2009-11 Member, Annual Program Committees of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Fall 2011 DAAD Faculty Research Grant; 2011-present Member, Graduate Student Grants & Fellowships Committee of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations


PUBLICATIONS (selection)

  • Militarism in a Global Age: Naval Ambitions in Germany and the United States before World War I (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012)
  • “A German Way of War? Narratives of German Militarism and Maritime Warfare in World War I,” in Imperial Germany Revisited: Continuing Debates and New Perspectives, eds. Sven Oliver Müller and Claudius Torp (New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2011)
  • “Military History, Militarization, and the ‘American Century,’” Zeithistorische Forschungen 2:1 (2005)
  • “Zwischen Bürgerkrieg und Navalismus: Marinepolitik und Handelsimperialismus in den USA, 1865-1890,” in Das Militär und der Aufbruch in die Moderne 1860-1890, eds. Michael Epkenhans and Gerhard P. Groß (München: Oldenbourg, 2003)
  • “Admiration, Enmity, and Cooperation: U.S. Navalism and the British and German Empires before the Great War,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 2 (Spring 2001)



"War, Death, and Community in a Machine Age: Submarine Warfare in Nazi Germany"

My book explores the history of German submarine warfare in World War II as an integral part of National Socialist pursuit of war and empire. A study of the language and practice of war, it ranges from pre-war preparations and imaginings to war-time conduct and discourse, and post-war memory, and it combines analyses of the worlds of military planners and submarine crews with examinations of larger public narratives and representations. Presenting a new narrative of German (maritime) war-making at mid-twentieth century through the lens of cultural, gender, and experiential history, I argue that Nazi submarine campaigns rested on a volatile fusion of military.