George S. Vascik

  Ostfriesland


East Friesian landscape



Why East Friesland?

As I began integrating GIS and spatial analysis into my work in 2002, I decided that my work on Diederich Hahn would benefit by comparing the social/economic and political culture of Hahn's district between the Elbe and Weser with the neighboring coastal area of East Friesland. This began an intense period of learning as I immersed myself in the extensive literature of the area and tried to grapple with a bewildering diversity of landscape types, agricultural and social patterns, and political folkways. The result has been enjoyable in every way, as I enjoyed repeated visits to the Ostfriesische Landesbibliothek, the Lower Saxon Staatsarchiv in Aurich, and the Stadtarchiv in Emden.

Publications

"Triumph on the Periphery: Political Anti-Semitism in Rural Northern Germany." Article  draft submitted to Central European History.

"Using GIS to map political anti-Semitism in the north German countryside." Article draft submitted to Journal of the American Association for History and Computing.

"Computer-Assisted Analysis and Plotting of Village Returns in German National Elections, 1893-1912," Journal of the American Association for History and Computing, 4/1(2001).

Papers and Presentations

"The Landarbeiterbewegung and Reaction in Northwest Germany, 1918-1924." Paper to be presented in April 2010 at the conference of the European Social Science History Association in Ghent, Belgium.

"Triumph on the Periphery: Political Anti-Semitism in Rural Northern Germany." Paper presented n Deceomber 2008 at the Association for Jewish Studies conference in Washington, D.C.

"Agrarians into Nazis? The Evidence from the North German Marschlands." Paper prepared forpresentation in March 2008 at the conference of the European Social Science History Association in Lisbon, Portugal.

"The Growth Dynamics of Political Anti-Semitism in the North German Countryside." Paper presented in December 2007 at the Lessons & Legacies Conference at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel.

"Agrarianism in the North German Marschlands: a comparative study of local political cultures in East Friesland, Oldenburg, and Stade." Paper presented in March 2006 at the conference of the European Social Science History Association in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

"The Rise and Fall of Agrarian Politics in East Fresia, 1890-1903."  Paper presented in November 2005 at the Social Science History Association conference in Portland, Oregon.

"Mapping Soil Structures, Village Types and Market Patterns in East Friesland for the Second Half of the 19th Century" Paper presented in November 2004 at the Social Science History Association conference in Chicago, Illinois.

"Local dimensions of the 'crisis of liberalism' in East Fresia as reflected in the German elections of 1881 and 1884." Paper presented in March 2004 at the conference of the European Social Science History Association in Berlin, Germany.

"Landed Wealth and Rural Indebtedness As Factors In The Upsurge Of German Agrarianism: Evidence From The Administrative District Of Stade."  Poster session presented in November 2001 at the Social Science History Association meeting in Chicago.

"An exposition of the social and economic bases of rural radicalism in fin-de-siécle Germany."  Paper presented in August 2001 at the congress of the Association for History and Computing in Poznan, Poland.

"Computer-Assisted Analysis and Plotting of Village Returns in German National Elections, 1893-1912."  Paper delivered at the 2001 meeting of the American Association for History and Computing in Indianapolis, Indiana.



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