• Courses

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

  • Projects

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

  • Books

    • “Media and the Cold War in the 1980s: Between Star Wars and Glasnost” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
    • “Handbook of the Global Sixties" (Routledge, 2018)

  • Events

    • 04/06-09/2020: NYU Abu Dhabi Research Conference 2020
    • 08/24/2020: “The Global Sixties,” XXIII International Congress of Historical Sciences, Poznań, Poland


My name is Martin Klimke and I am the Vice Provost of Academic Policies and Governance 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 coordinating a research initiative on family business histories in the GCC/MENASA regions, as well as a Humanities Research Fellowship program supported by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute.

New Website: Family Business Histories

Family Business Histories is a collaborative research project between NYU Abu Dhabi  & Tharawat Family Business Forum. This research initiative is the first project mapping family business legacies in the MENASA region. It features a unique approach to understanding the multi-faceted impact of family-owned businesses in the regional economy, society and culture while preserving the history of individual entrepreneurs and collective business activities.

This understanding will not only offer significant insights into historical transformations of business cultures and socio-economic environments in the GCC as well as the MENASA region but also create an empirical repository in cooperation with NYUAD’s Archives & Special Collections.

For more information on the project, please visits its new website at https://www.familybusinesshistories.org/

Out Now: Media & Cold War in 1980s

Between Star Wars and Glasnost

Edited by Henrik G. Bastiansen, Martin Klimke, and Rolf Werenskjold

New York: Palgrave Macmillan
Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media, 2019

In recent years, the major economic, political, and cultural changes in societies during the last two decades of the Cold War have come into greater focus for academics from a variety of disciplines. This volume examines the role of the media during the period from the Helsinki Conference in 1975 until the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989-91. It explores the engagement of various forms of media with the Cold War on a global scale, including alternative media representations, performances, and cultures during this time.

The book seeks to analyze media actors and networks, evolving theories about the social responsibility of media, as well as narrative and visual frames on a local and (trans-) national level. The purpose is to illuminate the complex interrelations between the media—both as a dependent and independent variable—and competing political, economic and cultural elites, as well as explain the role of grassroots politics in the formation of public opinion.

For more, please see here.

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.