Department of History

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Paul Hanebrink
Professor of History
Degree: Ph.D., Department of History, The University of Chicago (2000)
Rutgers : At Rutgers Since 2001
Specialty: Modern Eastern and Central Europe; Hungary; histories of religion, nationalism, and antisemitism
Office: 101A Van Dyck
Phone: 848-932-8540
Research Interests: Modern East Central Europe, with a particular focus on Hungary; the history of nationalism and antisemitism as modern political ideologies; the place of religion in the modern nation-state.


My teaching and research interests include the transnational history of Europe, the history of modern East-Central Europe, with a specialization in modern Hungarian history, and the history of nationalism, antisemitism, and religion in modern Europe.

My first book, In Defense of Christian Hungary, is a study of the ideology of Christian nationalism in Hungary during the interwar era. In it, I analyze the competition between secular and religious nationalists to define what the idea of “Christian Hungary” meant, how it should be realized, and whom it would include and exclude.

My second book, A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism, analyzes the history of the Judeo-Bolshevik myth as a pan-European political idea from its origins to the present-day. In it, I trace the circulation of this myth across national boundaries and analyze how the political function of the myth was refashioned as anti-Communist politics in Europe changed over the course of the twentieth century. The book also explores the entanglement of the myth with contemporary Holocaust memory, as well as its survival after 1989 in the conspiratorial fantasies of the far right on both sides of the Atlantic.



  • 510:261 History of the Holocaust
  • 506:299 History Workshop (topic: the Holocaust)
  • 510:381 Eastern Europe, 1800-1948
  • 563:368 Jews of Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1780-2010
  • 510:102 Development of Europe, 1700-2000


  • 510:599 Readings in Modern European History
  • 510:601 Colloquium on Religion and Secularization in Modern Europe


Upcoming Events

Mon Sep 16 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
Lisa Kirschenbaum Lecture
Tue Sep 17 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Rajani Bhatia: RCHA Seminar
Wed Sep 18 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Faculty Promotion Meeting
Fri Sep 20 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Symposium in Honor of Thomas J. Figueira
Tue Sep 24 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Michele Goodwin: RCHA Seminar
Tue Sep 24 @ 4:30PM - 06:00PM
Árpád von Klimó: Center for European Studies


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