• Courses

    • Global Cold War
    • Global Sixties
    • African American Freedom Struggle
    • US Foreign Relations Since 1898
    • US in the World

  • Projects

    • The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs & Germany
    • The Nuclear Crisis
    • Family Business Histories & Legacies in the GCC/MENASA Regions

  • Books

    • with Chen Jian, Masha Kirasirova, Mary Nolan, Marilyn Young, and Joanna Waley-Cohen, eds., “Handbook of the Global Sixties" (Routledge, February 2018)

  • Events

    • 01/17/18: "The Global Sixties," University of Marburg
    • 05/24-26/18: ""A Vision of Politics/The Politics of Vision: 1968 and Since,” NYU Berlin


My name is Martin Klimke and I am the Associate Dean of Humanities and Associate Professor of History at New York University Abu Dhabi, as well as an associated faculty member in the Department of History at New York University.

In addition, I am an associated researcher at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at the University of Heidelberg and in Transatlantic Cultural History (TCH) at the University of Augsburg, Germany.

My research focuses on the intersection of political and cultural history, with a particular emphasis on diplomatic and transnational history. The increasingly global cultural, political, and military presence of the U.S., especially after World War II, as well as the country’s complex entanglement with other forces of globalization, are at the center of my scholarly interests.

I am currently working on the "global sixties", as well as the nuclear crisis, U.S. foreign policy, and grassroots activism during the Cold War of the 1980s. I am also writing a transnational biography of Petra Kelly, international peace activist and co-founder of the German Green Party.

Out Now: “1968. On the Edge of World Revolution”

Edited by Philipp Gassert and Martin Klimke

2nd Edition, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018
Distributed for Black Rose Books

It was a year of seismic social and political change. With the wildfire of uprisings and revolutions that shook governments and halted economies in 1968, the world would never be the same again. Restless students, workers, women, and national liberation movements arose as a fierce global community with radically democratic instincts that challenged war, capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy with unprecedented audacity. Fast forward fifty years and 1968 has become a powerful myth that lingers in our memory.

Released for the fiftieth anniversary of that momentous year, this second edition of Philipp Gassert’s and Martin Klimke’s seminal 1968 presents an extremely wide ranging survey across the world. Short chapters, written by local eye-witnesses and historical experts, cover the tectonic events in thirty-nine countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East to give a truly global view. Included are forty photographs throughout the book that illustrate the drama of events described in each chapter. This edition also has the transcript of a panel discussion organized for the fortieth anniversary of 1968 with eyewitnesses Norman Birnbaum, Patty Lee Parmalee, and Tom Hayden and moderated by the book’s editors.

For more, please see here.






Out Now: “The Routledge Handbook of the Global Sixties”

Routledge Handbook of the Global Sixties

Between Protest and Nation-Building

Edited by Chen Jian, Masha Kirasirova, Martin Klimke, Mary Nolan, Marilyn Young, Joanna Waley-Cohen

Abingdon: Routledge, 2018

As the fiftieth anniversary of 1968 approaches, this book reassesses the global causes, themes, forms, and legacies of that tumultuous period.

While existing scholarship continues to largely concentrate on the US and Western Europe, this volume focuses on Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. International scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds explore the global sixties through the prism of topics that range from the economy, decolonization, and higher education, to forms of protest, transnational relations, and the politics of memory.

This handbook thus attempts to inspire a new scholarly reflection on the politics of memory and historiographical narratives of the “long sixties” in preparation of the 50th anniversary of 1968 that is decidedly global and offers in-depth perspectives on previously neglected themes and geographical areas.

For more, please see here.

Out Now: “Nuclear Threats, Nuclear Fear & the Cold War of the 1980s”

Edited by Eckart Conze, Martin Klimke, and Jeremy Varon
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017

This book brings together cutting-edge scholarship from the United States and Europe to address political as well as cultural responses to both the arms race of the 1980s and the ascent of nuclear energy as a second, controversial dimension of the nuclear age.

Diverse in its topics and disciplinary approaches, Nuclear Threats, Nuclear Fear and the Cold War of the 1980s makes a fundamental contribution to the emerging historiography of the 1980s as a whole. As of now, the era’s nuclear tensions have been addressed by scholars mostly from the standpoint of traditional security studies, focused on the geostrategic deliberations of political elites and at the level of state policy. Yet nuclear anxieties, as the essays in this volume document, were so pervasive that they profoundly shaped the era’s culture, its habits of mind, and its politics, far beyond the domain of policy.

For more, please see here.

Out Now: “The Nuclear Crisis”


The Arms Race, Cold War Anxiety, and the German Peace Movement of the 1980s

Edited by Christoph Becker-Schaum, Philipp Gassert, Wilfried Mausbach, Martin Klimke, and Marianne Zepp
New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016

In 1983, more than one million Germans joined together to protest NATO’s deployment of nuclear missiles in Europe. International media overflowed with images of marches, rallies, and human chains as protesters blockaded depots and agitated for disarmament. Though they failed to halt the deployment, the episode was a decisive one for German society, revealing deep divisions in the nation’s political culture while continuing to mobilize activists.

This volume provides a comprehensive reference work on the “Euromissiles” crisis as experienced by its various protagonists, analyzing NATO’s diplomatic and military maneuvering and tracing the political, cultural, and moral discourses that surrounded the missiles’ deployment in East and West Germany.

For introduction (full text, PDF) and table of contents, please see here.