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Volker Rolf Berghahn is a historian of German and modern European history at Columbia University. His research interests have included the fin de siècle period in Europe, the origins of World War I, and German-American relations. He received his M.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hillmarker in 1961 and his Ph. D from the University of London in 1964. Prior to teaching in the United States, Berghahn worked in England and Germany. In 1988, he accepted a position at Brown Universitymarker, and moved to Columbia ten years later.

Berghahn now holds the chair of Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has become widely cited in his field, and his works include:
  • Der Stahlhelm: Bund der Frontsoldaten 1918-1935 (1966)
  • Der Tirpitz-Plan (1971)
  • Modern Germany (1982)
  • The Americanization of West German Industry, 1945–1973 (1986)
  • Imperial Germany: 1871–1914 economy, society, culture, and politics (1994)
  • Quest for Economic Empire, ed. (1996)
  • Der Untergang des alten Europas, 1900-1929 (1999)
  • America and the Intellectual Cold Wars in Europe (2001)
  • Der Erste Weltkrieg (2003)
  • Europe in the Era of Two World Wars: From Militarism and Genocide to Civil Society, 1900-1950 (English translation 2005)
  • Gibt es einen deutschen Kapitalismus?: Tradition und globale Perspektiven der sozialen Marktwirtschaft (2006)

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