• 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, 2018)

  • Events

    • 10/05/18: "The Globalization of the Sixties," Harvard University
    • 10/09/18: "A World Transformed? Reassessing 1968 and the Global Sixties,” New York University


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 writing a transnational biography of Petra Kelly, international peace activist and co-founder of the German Green Party.

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.

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.