My name is Brent Maner, and I am a specialist in modern German history. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 2001. My interest in European history began during a family vacation to England and Scotland when I was ten years old, and I returned to Europe during a college year abroad in Vienna, Austria and as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Germany a few years after that. I hope my courses inspire a greater interest in Europe among Kansas State students and perhaps even lead some to travel outside the United States. Encounters with other cultures provide a great way to learn about history and to sample the diversity of the human experience.
My current research focuses on the development of archaeology in Germany since the eighteenth century. In this book project, I explore what antiquarians and archaeologists thought about "ancient Germans" and how their ideas interacted with several of the big questions of modern German history: the rise of nationalism, the persistence of regional identities, concepts of ethnicity and race, and the development of anthropology. I'm also interested in the history of European cities (especially Paris, Berlin, and Vienna), historical novels of the nineteenth century, and changes in the public understanding of the Nazi dictatorship and the Holocaust.
Entry on "Rudolf Virchow" in Encyclopedia of Europe: 1789-1914, ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter. New York, 2006.
"Die Entdeckung der Vor- und Frühgeschichte: Begegnungen mit der Vorzeit durch das Märkische Provinzialmuseum." (The discovery of prehistory: Encountering the ancient past at the Märkisches Museum.) In Renaissance der Kulturgeschichte (The Renaissance of Cultural History), ed. Alexis Joachimides and Sven Kuhrau, 166-180. Dresden and Basel, 2001.
I regularly teach the following 500-level classes: Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Nineteenth-Century Europe, and Europe since 1945. Recently, I've also offered the second half of the Western Civilization sequence, historiography (for graduate students), and an Introduction to the Humanities for freshmen in the Honors program.
Great links for students interested in European history:
The Deutsche Welle (something like a German BBC; there is an English version)