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Andrew Donson

Associate Professor of History and German Studies, Program Director of German and Scandinavian Studies

UMass Amherst Professor Andrew Donson

(413) 545-2350

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Andrew Donson, Associate Professor, holds a BA in Philosophy from Cornell University (1991) and an MA and a PhD in History from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (1996, 2000).  He regularly teaches surveys of European history and courses on modern Germany, the First World War, the Holocaust, German historiography, and nineteenth-century German thought.  His research specialty is the social and cultural history of early twentieth-century Germany. His book manuscript Youth in the Fatherless Land:  War Pedagogy, Nationalism, and Authority in Germany, 1914-1918 (Harvard University Press, 2010) won the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History.  Right now, he is finishing a social and cultural history of the November Revolution in Germany, 1918-1919.  Among its topics are hunger, farming, laziness, dancing, gambling, pornography, crime, disability, religion, and rich people who became poor. He has a joint appointment in the Program in German and Scandinavian Studies and in the Department of History.  For more information, see his website.

Research Areas

  • History of modern Germany
  • History of Western Europe


Youth in the Fatherless Land: War Pedagogy, Nationalism, and Authority in Germany, 1914-1918. Harvard University Press, 2010.

Courses Recently Taught

The Holocaust
Modern German History
The First World War
Western Civilization since 1600
Western Civilization to 1600

Debates and Issues in Modern German History
Nineteenth-Century German Thought