George S. Vascik

Diederich Hahn



Diederich Hahn from Reichstag handbook

The Life and Times of Diederich Hahn

Diederich Hahn was the most famous and controversial Agrarian radical in Wilhelmine Germany. As a university student in Berlin, Hahn came under the influence of Court Chaplain Adolf Stoecker and the Berliner Bewegung, an experience out of which he became a leading organizer (with Friedrich Naumann) of the Verband deutscher Studenten. A historian by training, Hahn was employed as an archivist for the Deutsche Bank for seven years before his election to the Reichstag in 1893. From 1897 until his death in 1918, Hahn was the Director of the Bund der Landwirte, Germany's largest and best-organized special interest group. In this role, Hahn proved to be an agitator and organizational innovator of the highest order, leaving his imprint upon German rural politics long after his passing.

Book project

Creating the Political Man: Diederich Hahn and the Transformation of German Politics

Publications

"Diedrich Hahn," "Deutscher Bauernbund," "Verein deutscher Studenten," "Tivoli Program," "Hermann Wagener," and "Werner Sombart," The Encyclopedia of Antisemitism, Anti-Jewish Prejudice and Persecution, ed. Richard S. Levy, (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005).

"Crisis or Transformation? Confronting the Myth of Agricultural Depression in Wilhelmine Germany," Essays in Economic and Business History, 14(1996): 91-103.

"Agrarian Politics in Wilhelmine Germany: Diederich Hahn and the Agrarian League," in Between Reform, Reaction, and Resistance. Studies in the History of German Conservatism from 1789 to the Present, Eds. Larry Eugene Jones and James Retallack, (Providence: Berg Press, 1993).

Papers and Presentations

"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.

"German Agrarianism and the Creation of an anti-Socialist Coalition in the 1890s." Paper presented in November 2003 at the Social Science History Association conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

"Sophisticates or Neophytes: Charting the Campaign Behavior of Candidates in Imperial Germany Using Historical GIS."  Paper presented in August 2003 at the conference of the Association for History and Computing in Troms¿, Norway.

"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.

"Defining Weber's 'new political man'.  Diederich Hahn and the Transformation of Imperial German Politics."  Paper delivered at the Fall 1999 meeting of the Social Science History Association in Fort Worth, Texas.

"Agrarianism in the Villages.  What the Electoral Record Shows."  Paper delivered at the 1998 meeting of the German Studies Association in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"A Troublesome Rooster: Diederich Hahn and the Transformation of German Politics before the First World War."  Paper delivered in October 1997 as part of the Miami University - Hamilton faculty research seminar.

"Einbahnstraße zum Faschismus?  Continuity in German Agrarian Organization and Ideology, 1871-1933."  Paper prepared for delivery at the 1996 meeting of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

"Immer wi(e)der Caprivi: the Utility of Crisis in German Agrarian Politics."  Paper delivered at the 1995 meeting of the Southern Historical Association in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Defining Jews Out: Diederich Hahn and the Evolution of German Agrarromantik."  Paper delivered at the 1995 meeting of the German Studies Association in Chicago, Illinois.

"Was there an Agrarian Crisis in Wilhelmine Germany?" Paper delivered at the 1995 meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society in Boulder, Colorado.

"What Sort of Anti-Semite?  Diederich Hahn and the Articulation of Political Anti-Semitism in Imperial Germany."  Paper delivered at the 1995 meeting of the Ohio Academy of History in Westerville, Ohio.

"Scheming Junkers and Docile Peasants? Reassessing the Character and Function of the Bund der Landwirte."  Paper delivered at the 1993 meeting of the German Studies Association in Washington, DC.

"Diederich Hahn, the Agrarian League and the Politics of Radical Agrarianism, 1893-1918."  Paper delivered at the 1990 meeting of the German Studies Association in Buffalo, New York.


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