Energy and Power: Germany in the Age of Oil, Atoms, and Climate Change

The Center for the Study of Europe presents: Energy and Power: Germany in the Age of Oil, Atoms, and Climate Change – A Virtual Book Talk with Stephen Gross

Energy and Power offers the first comprehensive history of German energy and climate policy after World War II. It follows the Federal Republic as it passed through five energy transitions, beginning with the dramatic shift to oil that nearly wiped out the nation’s hard coal sector, moving through the oil shocks and the rise of the Green movement in the 1970s and 1980s, and ending with the transition to wind and solar power today. It shows how debates over energy profoundly shaped the course of German history and influenced the landmark developments that define modern Europe, from the Economic Miracle to the Cold War and the drive for European integration. The intense and early politicization of energy led the Federal Republic to diverge from the United States and rethink its fossil economy well before global warming became a public issue, building a green energy system in the name of many social goals, not only to protect our climate. But Germany’s experience also illustrates the difficulty, the political battles, and the unintended consequences that surround energy transitions.

Stephen G. Gross is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. After working at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (Department of Commerce) in Washington DC, he received his PhD in history from UC Berkeley in 2010. His first book—Export Empire: German Soft Power in Southeastern Europe, 1890–1945—explored the political economy of the Nazi Empire in Europe.

When 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm on Thursday, November 9, 2023
Location Zoom
Contact Name Elizabeth Amrien
Phone 617-358-0919
Contact Email edamrien@bu.edu
Contact Organization Center for the Study of Europe
Fees Free
Speakers Stephen G. Gross