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Ciarlo, David Michael

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research overview

  • David Ciarlo specializes in the social and cultural history of modern Germany, the history of European imperialism and racism, and the history of visual culture and mass culture in European and global contexts. His first book, 'Advertising Empire: Race and Visual Culture in Imperial Germany' (Harvard University Press, 2011) uses visual archives to trace the interconnected histories of commercial culture and colonial culture in Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ciarlo's new research project explores the intersection of consumer culture and propaganda in Germany during the First World War; this research project explores the link between commerce and the development of visual propaganda techniques in the First World War, and the way in which this intersection of advertising and propaganda propagated imagery of militarized, hardened masculinity, with implications for the formation of a fascist aesthetic.


  • social and cultural history of modern Germany, the history of European colonialism and imperialism, history of racism, history of visual culture and mass culture, history of advertising


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courses taught

  • HIST 1012 - Empire, Revolution and Global War: European History Since 1600
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2023
    Examines the history of modern Europe from 1600. Topics may include religious conflict, absolutism, the Scientific Revolution, the global impact of European colonialism and imperialism, the Enlightenment, the French and Industrial Revolutions, and the emergence of romanticism, nationalism, liberalism, socialism and modernism. Concludes by analyzing World War I and II, communist and fascist totalitarianisms, decolonization and the Cold War. Formerly HIST 1020
  • HIST 3012 - Seminar in Modern European History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Capstone seminars are designed for advanced history majors to pull together the skills they have honed in previous courses. This seminar focuses on modern European history, and will include readings and discussions in a small seminar setting. In relation to the course topic, students will develop an individual research project and write a substantial and original paper based on primary sources. Recommended restriction: History GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • HIST 4423 - German History Since 1849
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Cultural, political and social history of Germany from the Revolutions of 1848 to the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Emphasizes German unification & Bismarck, the effects of World War I, Weimar politics, the rise of Nazism, World War II and the Holocaust, the post-war paths of West and East Germany, and reunification. Recommended prerequisite: HIST 1012.
  • HIST 4433 - Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
    Focuses on the political, social, and cultural origins of National Socialism, the nature of the Nazi regime, the origins and course of the Second World war, and the perpetration of the Holocaust.
  • HIST 4803 - Special Topics in European History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Covers specialized topics in European history, usually focusing on a specific country or theme. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: HIST 1011 or HIST 1012.
  • HIST 4930 - History Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Matches selected students with supervised internships in professional archives research libraries, historical associations, and special projects. Interns apply their academic area specialty to their work in the field. Internships have a work and academic (reading and writing) component. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: completion of lower-level history coursework (for example HIST 1015 or HIST 1025).
  • HIST 5012 - Graduate Colloquium in European History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Acquaints students with key works in the literature of European history, and addresses matters of method and interpretation. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced requisite: admission to the graduate program in history.
  • HIST 6012 - Readings in Modern European History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Graduate Readings in Modern European History will explore a facet of Modern European History in depth. Topic will very by instructor.
  • HIST 6540 - Readings in Cultural History and Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces standard works and recent developments in cultural history. Explores structuralism and post-structuralism, semiotics, social construction, relativism, hegemony, and the idea of postmodernity in the uses of culture as an historical category.
  • HIST 6940 - Master's Degree Candidate
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019


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