Civilization, Democratization, Containment: Strategies of Re-Education in Imperial Settings and Beyond
Spec. Issue of The International History Review 46.3 (2024)

Guest ed. by Jana Aresin and Katharina Gerund

with contributions by Susan L. Carruthers, Christine de Matos, Holger Droessler, Alisa Freedman, Ji Hee Jung, and Heike Paul






“A Benevolent Empire? Representations of Women’s Liberation and Democracy in Japanese Women’s Magazines under U.S.-Occupation.”

by Jana Aresin

International Japanese Studies (国際日本学) 21 (2024): 229-255.






“Liberation, Re-Education, Democratisation: The Politics of Gratitude in German-American Relations after 1945.”
(14 March 2024)

by Katharina Gerund

Contemporary European History, Cambridge UP



“Re-educational Strategies beyond the Postwar Moment.” (10 April 2023)

by Jana Aresin and Katharina Gerund

Re-educational Strategies beyond the Postwar Moment | Occupation Studies (



The Diary of Lt. Melvin J. Lasky: Into Germany after World War II

Ed. Charlotte Lerg

New York: Berghahn, 2022.

with contributions by Jana Aresin (“Between Denazification and Reconstruction: US Occupation Policies and Practice in Germany 1945“, p. 29) and Katharina Gerund (“(Military) Masculinity and a Feminized Europe: The Gender Politics of the Lasky Diary“, p. 49)

In 1945 Melvin J. Lasky, serving in one of the first American divisions that entered Germany after the country’s surrender, began documenting the everyday life of a defeated nation. Travelling widely across both Germany and post-war Europe, Lasky’s diary provides a captivating eye-witness account colored by ongoing socio-political debates and his personal background studying Trotskyism. The Diary of Lt. Melvin J. Lasky reproduces the diary’s vivid language as Lasky describes the ideological tensions between the East and West, as well as including critical essays on subjects ranging from Lasky’s life as a transatlantic intellectual, the role of war historians, and the diary as a literary genre.


Re-Education Revisited: Conflicting Agendas and Cross-Cultural Agency in the Early Cold War.
Spec. Issue of Comparativ 31.1 (2021)

Ed. by Heike Paul

with contributions by Jana Aresin, Katharina Gerund, Akino Oshiro, Heike Paul, Fabian Schäfer, Michiko Takeuchi, and a conversation with Susan Carruthers and Mire Koikari


Reviewed by Steffen Gnam in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 15.06.2022





“Debatte um Nürnberger Opernhaus: Wie schmeckt der Pausensekt in NS-Ruinen?” (21.12.2021) & “Gastkommentar: Nürnberg braucht den Regenbogen” (3.11.2020)

by Marie-Louise Monrad Møller und Fabian Schäfer




New Perspectives on Transatlantic Relations: Multidisciplinary Approaches

Ed. by Jürgen Gebhardt and Stefan Fröhlich

Heidelberg: Winter, 2021.

with a contribution by Jana Aresin (“Revisiting Stunde Null: The Impact of U.S. Reeducation Policies in Post-War Germany on Transatlantic Relations,” pp. 71)

The post-World War II order of an Atlantic West based on common values emerged from a complex, conflict-ridden Atlantic history and established itself as a powerful actor in world politics. This volume critically addresses the topics, processes, and problems of transatlantic relations from a multi-disciplinary angle, and marked by a worldwide pandemic. It thematizes the political, economic, and cultural dimensions from the seventeenth century to today and reflects them in categories of order and disorder, cooperation and conflict, convergence and divergence to get a deeper understanding of the present critical state of transatlanticism: the American retrenchment and the vanishing American vision of ‘world leadership’ in terms of ‘America First’ politics, the respective consequences impacting on the political and military development of the NATO alliance, and the Euro-American relations.


“Reeducation und Reorientation”

by Katharina Gerund

Historisches Lexikon Bayerns, URL: <> (5.08.2020)



German-American Encounters in Bavaria and Beyond, 1945-2015

Ed. by Birgit M. Bauridl, Ingrid Gessner, and Udo J. Hebel

Berlin: Peter Lang, 2018.

with contributions by Katharina Gerund (“Transatlantic Romance(s) of the Postwar Years: Interracial Relationships in Die PX-Story (1959) and Transgression (2015)”, pp. 147) and Heike Paul (“Abe Meets Alois: Post-1945 Bavarian (Re-)Education”, pp. 67)

Rooted in Transnational American Studies, this collection explores German-American encounters in Bavaria since 1945. Spanning a trajectory from the end of World War II to the contemporary American presence in the region, the articles and visuals discuss the impact of the transnational contact zone on negotiations of democratization, historical guilt, cultural diplomacy, identity politics, military cooperation, economic interaction, pop and folk culture, literature, memory, museums, and tourism. Articles on Rhineland-Palatinate, Austria, and the Netherlands signify the complexity of European-American relations. The volume complicates bipolar, solidifying comparative approaches in favor of multidirectional, fluid conceptualizations of intercultural transfer and transnational entanglements.



Die amerikanische Reeducation-Politik nach 1945: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf “America’s Germany”

Ed. by Katharina Gerund and Heike Paul

Bielefeld: transcript, 2015.

Series: Histoire 55

Gerund_Paul_ReeducationDieser Band beleuchtet die amerikanischen Pläne zur Zukunft Deutschlands nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. Im Mittelpunkt stehen die Maßnahmen der Reeducation-Politik, u.a. Amerika-Häuser, Dokumentarfilme, CARE und Schulreformen. Wissenschaftler_innen aus verschiedenen Disziplinen analysieren amerikanische Perspektiven auf die Deutschen und die Strategien der USA zur Positionierung Deutschlands als junge Demokratie am Beginn einer neuen Zeitrechnung (“Stunde Null”), als Teil einer größeren geopolitischen Konstellation (Europa) und als zunehmend eigenständige Nation im transatlantischen Bündnis (“Kalter Krieg”).
Mit einem Nachwort von Winfried Fluck.






Public Opinion, Propaganda, Ideology: Theories on the Press and Its Social Function in Interwar Japan, 1918-1937

Fabian Schäfer

Leiden: Brill, 2012.

Series: Brill’s Japanese Studies Library, Volume: 39


As early as prewar Japan, thinkers of various intellectual proveniences had begun discussing the most important topics of contemporary media and communication studies, such as ways to define the social function of the press, journalism and the formation of public opinion. In Public Opinion – Propaganda – Ideology, light is particularly shed on press scholar Ono Hideo, his disciple the sociologist and propaganda researcher Koyama Eizō, Marxist philosopher Tosaka Jun and sociologist and postwar intellectual Shimizu Ikutarō. Besides introducing the different approaches of the aforementioned figures, this book also contextualizes the early discursive space of Japanese media and communication studies within global contexts from three perspectives of transnational intellectual history, i.e. adaptation reciprocities and parallels.