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Department of History

Varner Hall, Room 416
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-3510
fax: (248) 370-3528

Department of History

Varner Hall, Room 416
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-3510
fax: (248) 370-3528

Derek Hastings

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Title: Associate Professor
Office: 405 Varner Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3535
Fax: (248) 370-3528
Email: hastings@oakland.edu

Education:
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Major Fields:
Modern Europe, German History, Nationalism, Religion and Society

Biography:
Derek Hastings is a historian of modern Europe, with a particular emphasis on the social and cultural history of Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His first book, Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism (Oxford, 2010), explored the changing religious identity of the early Nazi movement between its founding in 1919 and the mid-1920s. His second book, Nationalism in Modern Europe (Bloomsbury, 2018), focuses on the interplay between nationalism and other markers of identity and belonging in modern Europe.  His current book project examines the life and career of Ernst Röhm, the head of the Nazi paramilitary Sturmabteilung (SA).

Professor Hastings enjoys teaching the introductory European history survey, in addition to advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on modern Germany, European nationalism, and the Nazi regime. 

Publications:

Books

Nationalism in Modern Europe: Politics, Identity, and Belonging since the French Revolution
(London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).

Catholicism and the Roots of Nazism: Religious Identity and National Socialism (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010; paperback 2011).

Articles and Chapters

"Competing Visions of Anti-Communism in Interwar Germany: Catholic and Nazi Portrayals of the 'Judeo-Bolshevik' Threat," Twentieth-Century Communism: A Journal of International History 19 (Fall 2020): 6-25.

"Nation, Race, and Religious Identity in the Early Nazi Movement," Religions 9:10 (October 2018): 1-14.  Special issue on "Nationalism and Religion," edited by Liah Greenfeld.

"Fears of a Feminized Church: Catholicism, Clerical Celibacy, and the Crisis of Masculinity in Wilhelmine Germany," European History Quarterly 38:1 (January 2008): 34-65.

"How 'Catholic' Was the Early Nazi Movement? Religion, Race, and Culture in Munich, 1919-1924," Central European History 36:3 (Fall 2003): 383-433.

Other Projects

Röhm: The Rise and Fall of a Nazi Icon (book manuscript, in progress). 

Primary Source Documents in Western Civilization, 2 volumes, co-edited with Jonathan S. Perry and Sara Chapman (Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2009).

Book reviews published in the Journal of Modern History, the American Historical Review, Central European History, The German Quarterly, Social History, Journal of Contemporary History, German History, Journal of Religion, and German Studies Review.