Charles S. Maier served as Director of the Center for European Studies from 1994 to 2001 and fall 2006, and as Chair of the undergraduate Social Studies Program from 1991 to 1995, and served as acting Chair during 2007-08. Guest Directeur des Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris in sprin 2007. He published Among Empires in spring 2006 and is currently collaborating with William Kirby and Sugata Bose on a world history of the twentieth century and writing on the rise and decline of territoriality and on the history of the modern state. Maier currently teaches undergraduate courses on world history in the modern era, on World War I and World War II, on political trials, and together with Niall Ferguson, a two-semester sequence on international history. He supervises graduate reading fields in early modern and modern international history, modern social and economic history, and German and Italian history. He has directed dissertations on the comparative history of the welfare state, aspects of the Nazi Regime, and the history of the German Democratic Republic, among other topics, and encourages research in the era since 1945.

Selected Publications

  • The World Economy and the Cold War in the Middle of the Twentieth Century,” forthcoming in The Cambridge History of the Cold War, vol.1, Melvyn Leffler and Odd Arne Westad, eds. vol. 1 (Cambridge, 2009), 44-66.
  • Return to Rome: Half a Century of American Historiography in Light of the 1955 Congress for International Historical Studies,” in La storiographia tra passato e futuro. Il X Congresso Internazionale di Scienze Storiche (Roma 1955) cinquant’anni dopo. Atti del convegno internazionale, Roma, 21-24 settembre, 2005, Gerhard Kock, ed. (Rome: Unione internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologica, Storia e Storia dell'arte in Rome, 2008), 189-211.
  • Chapter 1: “The World at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: Crisis within Imperialism,” Chapter 2: “Stabilization, Crisis, and the Second World War,” and Chapter 3: “The End of Empire and the Transformations of the International System,” in the UNESCO, History of Humanity: Scientic and Cultural Development, vol. VII, The Twentieth Century, S. Gopal and S. L. Tikhvinsky, eds. (London: Routledge and Paris: UNESCO, 2008), pp. 21 left - 55 right.
  • Among Empires: American Ascendancy and its Predecessors Harvard University Press (2006)
  • "“Transformations of Territoriality 1600-2000"" in Transnationale Geschichte: Themen, Tendenzen und Theorien, Gunilla Budde, Sebastian Conrad, Oliver Janz, eds. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (2006)
  • “‘Songs of a Prisoner’: Luigi Dallapiccola and the Politics of Voice under Fascism,” (with Karen Painter) in Italian Music during the Fascist Period, Roberto Iliano, ed., Turnhout: Brepols, 2004), pp. 567-588.
  • "Doing History, Doing Justice: The Historian and the Truth Commission" in Truth v. Justice, Robert Rotberg and Dennis Thompson, eds. Princeton University Press (2000)
  • "Consigning the Twentieth Century to History: Alternative Narratives for the Modern Era" in American Historical Review (June 2000)
  • Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany Princeton University Press (1997)
  • The Marshall Plan and Germany edited volume, Berg Press (1991)
  • The Unmasterable Past: History, Holocaust, and German National Identity Harvard University Press (1988)
  • In Search of Stability: Explorations in Historical and Political Economy Cambridge University Press (1987)
  • Recasting Bourgeois Europe Princeton University Press (1975, 1988)


Charles Maier

Position: Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History

Field: Modern Europe, International

Specialty: Comparative 20th century European political, economic, and social history; global and international history including comparative empires; Cold War and European-American relations; German and Italian national histories

Full Year 2013-2014:
-History 2950hf: Approaches to Global History

Spring 2014:
- Ethical Reasoning 12: Political Justice and Political Trials
- History 1965: International History: States, Markets, and the Global Economy: Conference Course

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