Andrew Beattie

Senior Lecturer in German and European Studies
Associate Professor

My research explores the politics of history and memory in Germany, especially how Germany has handled its Nazi and communist pasts. I have also contributed to the interdisciplinary field of 'transitional justice', looking beyond Germany to consider Europe more widely. In recent years I have focused on an often-neglected and misunderstood aspect of post-Nazi transitional justice: the mass internment of Nazis and other Germans by the Allied occupiers in the wake of World War II. My initial focus was on German responses to internment and its subsequent memorialisation. This research was funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant (DP110100300) and a Research Fellowship for experienced researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Increasingly I explored internment's actual history. My book was published by Cambridge University Press in late 2019 (with a 2020 publication date).

I studied History and German Studies at the universities of Sydney and Potsdam and have a PhD in History from the University of Sydney. I have held funded fellowships at the Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam, the European University Institute in Florence, and at the universities of Constance and Cologne.

Books
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Beattie AH, 2019, Allied Internment Camps in Occupied Germany: Extrajudicial Detention in the Name of Denazification, 1945–1950, Cambridge University Press
2019
Beattie A, 2008, Playing Politics with History: The Bundestag Inquiries into East Germany, Berghahn Books, New York, http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/BeattiePlaying
2008
Book Chapters
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Beattie A, 2018, 'The Allied Internment of German Civilians in Occupied Germany: Cooperation and Conflict in the Western Zones, 1945–9', in Erlichmann C; Knowles C (ed.), Transforming Occupation in the Western Zones of Germany Politics, Everyday Life and Social Interactions, 1945-55, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, pp. 81 - 96
2018
Beattie AH, 2018, 'Verdiente Strafe des harten Kerns oder ungerechte Besatzungsmaßnahme? Die SS und die alliierte Internierung im besetzten Deutschland', in Schulte JE; Wildt M (ed.), Die SS nach 1945: Entschuldungsnarrative, populäre Mythen, europäischen Erinnerungsdiskurse, V&R unipress, Göttingen, pp. 57 - 74
2018
Beattie A, 2017, 'L’internamento dei civili tedeschi dopo la seconda guerra mondiale e la questione della violenza', in Acciai E; Panvini G; Poesia C; Rovatti T (ed.), Oltre il 1945: Violenza, conflitto sociale, ordine pubblico nel dopoguerra europeo, Viella, Rome, pp. 105 - 120
2017
Beattie AH, 2016, 'Gedenkstätten als Katalysatoren geschichtspolitischer Konflikte: Umstrittene Erinnerung und Konkurrenz der Opfer', in Heitzer E; Morsch G; Traba R; Woniak K (ed.), Von Mahnstätten über zeithistorische Museen zu Orten des Massentourismus? Gedenkstätten an Orten von NS-Verbrechen in Polen und Deutschland, Metropol Verlag, Berlin, pp. 84 - 94
2016
Beattie AH, 2015, 'Post-communist truth commissions: Between transitional justice and the politics of history', in Post-Communist Transitional Justice: Lessons from Twenty-Five Years of Experience, pp. 213 - 232, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107588516.015
2015
Beattie A, 2013, 'Ein neuer Historikerstreit? Kommunismus und Nationalsozialismus in der deutschen Erinnerungs- und Geschichtspolitik seit 1990', in Benz W (ed.), Ein Kampf um Deutungshoheit: Politik, Opferinteressen und historische Forschung. Die Auseinandersetzung um die Gedenk- und Begegnungsstätte Leistikowstraße Potsdam, edn. Original, Metropol Verlag, Berlin, pp. 16 - 36
2013
Beattie A, 2012, 'Die Weichen stellen für die Zukunft der DDR-Erinnerung? Rückblick auf die Enquete-Kommission des Bundestages zur Aufarbeitung von Geschichte und Folgen der SED-Diktatur in Deutschland', in Sabrow M; Bosch F (ed.), Zeiträume: Potsdamer Almanach des Zentrums für Zeithistorische Forschung, edn. Original, Wallstein, Göttingen, pp. 20 - 33
2012
Beattie A, 2012, 'A 1950s Revival: Cold War Culture in Reunified Germany', in Vowinckel A; Payk MM; Lindenberger T (ed.), Cold War Cultures: Perspectives on Eastern and Western European Societies, Berghahn Books, New York, pp. 299 - 320, http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=VowinckelCold
2012
Beattie A, 2011, 'The Politics of Remembering the GDR: Official and State-Mandated Memory since 1990', in Clarke D; Wölfel U (ed.), Remembering the German Democratic Republic: Divided Memory in a United Germany, Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 23 - 36, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230349698
2011
Beattie AH, 2009, 'The fight in the Prison Car Park: Memorializing Germany's 'double past' in Torgau since 1990', in Memorialization in Germany since 1945, pp. 328 - 338, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230248502
2009
Beattie A, 2007, 'Orte des Terrors oder der "stalinistischen Entnazifizierung"? Zeitgenössische britische Wahrnehmungen sowjetischer Speziallager in der SBZ', in Barker P; Ohse M-D; Tate D (ed.), Views from Abroad: die DDR aus britischer Perspektive, edn. Original, W. Bertelsmann Verlag, Bielefeld, pp. 67 - 78
2007
Beattie A, 2006, 'The Victims of Totalitarianism and the Centrality of Nazi Genocide: Continuity and Change in German Commemorative Politics', in Niven B (ed.), Germans as Victims: Contemporary Germany and the Third Reich, edn. Original, Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 147 - 163
2006
Beattie A, 2005, 'The Past in the Politics of Divided and Unified Germany', in Friedman MP; Kenney P (ed.), Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics, edn. Original, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, pp. 17 - 38
2005
Journal articles
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Beattie A, 2019, 'The Euro Crisis and European Identities: Political and Media Discourse in Germany, Ireland and Poland', GERMAN POLITICS, vol. 28, pp. 146 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644008.2018.1543178
2019
Beattie A, 2019, 'Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century and Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany.', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY, vol. 65, pp. 505 - 507, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajph.12611
2019
Beattie AH, 2017, ''Lobby for the Nazi Elite'? the protestant churches and civilian internment in the British zone of occupied Germany, 1945-1948', German History, vol. 35, pp. 43 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gerhis/ghw140
2017
Beattie A, 2011, '"Sowjetische KZs auf deutschem Boden": Die sowjetischen Speziallager und der bundesdeutsche Antikommunismus', Jahrbuch für historische Kommunismusforschung, vol. 2011, pp. 119 - 137, https://kommunismusgeschichte.de/fileadmin/user_upload/09_JHK_2011_Beattie_S._119_138.pdf
2011
Beattie A, 2010, 'Between Histories and Memories: Torgau's Memorial Museum for Germany’s Short Twentieth Century', Museum and Society, vol. 8, pp. 37 - 55, http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/museumsociety/documents/volumes/beattie.pdf
2010
Beattie A, 2009, 'An Evolutionary Process: Contributions of the Bundestag’s Inquiries into East Germany to an Understanding of the Role of Truth Commissions', International Journal of Transitional Justice, vol. 3, pp. 229 - 249, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijp004
2009
Beattie A, 2008, 'Beyond "Restoration"? Assessing and Accounting for West German Liberalization and Democratization, 1945-1965', European History Quarterly, vol. 38, pp. 101 - 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0265691407084481
2008
Beattie A, 2007, 'Learning from the Germans? History and Memory in German and European Projects of Integration', PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 4, http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/portal/article/view/483/451
2007
Other
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Beattie A, 2017, The 20th Century: Time Experience and Time Research in divided Germany, OXFORD UNIV PRESS, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gerhis/ghx033
2017
Beattie A, 2017, The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace, SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022009417702779i
2017
Beattie AH, 2013, Walls, Borders, Boundaries: Spatial and Cultural Practices in Europe, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0008938913001246
2013
Zimmerer J; Beattie AH, 2005, Colonialism and the holocaust: Towards an archeology of genocide
2005
Heinemann I; Beattie AH, 2005, "Until the last drop of good blood" The kidnapping of "racially valuable" children and nazi racial policy in occupied Eastern Europe
2005

Germany; German history and politics; 'memory studies'; transitional justice

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