prof. dr. T.H. Weir
Over the past decade my research has focused on illuminating the encounter between secularism and religion in modern Europe. My monograph Secularism and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Cambridge UP, 2014) argued for the insertion of secularism into German religious history, not just as a force acting against the existing Christian confessions, but as a confessional force in its own right. Enthusiastic reviews by leading religious historians, such as the following, show the impact the book is already having:
'Secularism and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Germany leaves an indelible impression as one of the most original, stimulating, and transformative contributions to a dynamic field that now, thanks to Weir's bold historiographical enlargement, offers the empirical rationale, theoretical flexibility, and explanatory range for clarifying the cultural experience of nearly every German.' (Jeffrey T. Zalar, The Journal of Modern History 2016)
Over the past several years, I have been pushing my work on German secularism into the Weimar period, demonstrating that the period marked a second “culture war” in German history. My second monograph, which has been contracted by Cambridge University Press investigates secularism and socialism of Germany between 1890 and 1933. A 2015 article in Past and Present demonstrated that antisecularism was a key element in the organization and radicalization of the political right in late Weimar.
A second direction of recent work is the transnational history of religion and politics in the interwar period. I initiated and now convene an international research network of ca. 30 scholars on the “Socialism and Religion in the Twentieth Century”, which held its first conference in June 2015 and will hold its second in Groningen in June 2017.
A third area of research interest is the history of Weltanschauung/worldview in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This has included articles and lectures on naturalistism and monism, on Hitler's politics of Weltanschauung, and on US, German and Dutch conceptions of "Christian Worldview" the twentieth century.
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