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"The History of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century as Shown in Six Groups of Graphs, Charts, and Maps" by Jonathan Sperber, Ph.D.
The 2021 Gerald Feldman Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Jonathan Sperber (University of Missouri).

The talk will describe six areas of fundamental developments on a global scale – in population, use of natural resources, the economy, society and gender, ideas and beliefs, and international relations – underlying the many events of the years 1950-2000. Sources for the graphics include UN agencies, the OECD and Google’s Ngrams.

May 13, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jonathan Sperber
Jonathan Sperber is the Curators' Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Missouri, where he has been affiliated with the Department of History since 1984. For his scholarship he has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, as well as scholarly prizes awarded by the American Historical Association, the German Studies Association and the Social Science History Association. Among his books are Rhineland Radicals: The Democratic Movement and the Revolution of 1848-1849 (1991); The Kaiser's Voters: Electors and Elections in Imperial Germany (1997); Property and Civil Society in Southwestern Germany (2005) and Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life (2013). Sperber's latest project, The Age of Interconnection: A Global History of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century, will be appearing with Oxford University Press in spring 2022.
Kenneth Ledford
Professor Ledford is Chair of the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University and Co-Director of the Max Kade Center for German Studies. He holds appointments both in the Department of History and the School of Law. He teaches German history, German and European legal history, the history of European legal professions, historical methods, and the history of European Union law. His main research interests include the intersection of legal thought and middle-class formation in Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries, which results in his focus on the study of legal professions and legal professionals. He is author of From General Estate to Special Interest: German Lawyers 1878-1933 (Cambridge University Press), numerous articles on the history of German law and legal professions, and is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively titled Prussian Judges and the Rule of Law in Germany, 1848-1914.