Manuela Achilles

Director of German Undergraduate Programs, Director of the Center for German Studies

New Cabell Hall, Room 233

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and by appointment.

German Cultural Studies and History, Weimar Republic, History and Theory of Democracy; Sustainability Studies


German Cultural Studies and History, Weimar Republic, History and Theory of Democracy; Sustainability Studies

Recent Courses

  • Germany after 1918
  • Germany in the 20th Century
  • Democracy and Violence
  • Nazi Germany (crosslisted in German and History)
  • Hitler in History and Fiction (cross listed in German and History)
  • Neighbors and Enemies (cross-listed in German and History)
  • Germans and Jews (cross-listed in History and Jewish Studies)
  • Postwar German Literature and Culture (cross-listed in German and History)
  • Generation Green: Germany and the Environment (cross-listed in German; and Science, Technology and Society)
  • Topics in Business German: Umwelt und Energie
  • German for Professionals
  • German Crime Stories (Deutsche Krimis)
  • German Conversation
  • Western Civilization (1600 to the Present)


German Environmentalism in Transatlantic Perspective: A Multidisciplinary Approach, edited volume, Palgrave Macmillan 2013 (Climate and Energy series), with Dana Elzey.

Invisible Fatherland: Constitutional Patriotism and the Desire for Democracy in Weimar Germany – book manuscript (in progress).


"Anchoring the Nation in the Democratic Form: Weimar Symbolic Politics beyond the Failure Paradigm”, in: German Modernities from Wilhelm to Weimar: A Contest of Futures, ed. Geoff Eley, Jennifer Jenkins, Tracie Matysik; Bloomsbury 2016.

"Nuclear Power? No, Thank You!" Germany's Energy Revolution Post-Fukushima," in: Achilles (ed.), Environmental Sustainability in Transatlantic Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan 2013).

"The Economy Under the Nazis: Keynesianism Avant la Lettre?", 2013, Darden Business Publishing, UVA-GEM 112 (with Peter Debaere)

"With a Passion for Reason: Celebrating the Constitution in Weimar Germany," Central European History, Volume 43, Number 4 (December 2010), pp. 666-689.

“Reforming the Reich: Democratic Symbols and Rituals in the Weimar Republic,” in Weimar Publics/Weimar Subjects: Rethinking the Political Culture of Germany in the 1920s, ed. Kerstin Barndt and Kathleen Canning, Berghahn Books, July 2010, pp. 175-191.

“Nationalist Violence and Republican Identity in Weimar Germany,” in German Literature, History and the Nation, ed. David Midgley and Christian Emden, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2004, pp. 305-328.

“‘Blutdurst’ und ‘Symbolhunger’: Zur Semantik von Blut und Erde,” in Spielräume des Einzelnen: Deutsche Literatur in der Weimarer Republik und im Dritten Reich, ed. Walter Delabar, Horst Denkler, Erhard Schütz, Berlin: Weidler Buchverlag, 2000, pp. 185-315.

Book Reviews

Review of Benjamin Ziemann, Contested Commemorations. Republican War Veterans and Weimar Political Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013), European History Quarterly, 46:1 (2016), 203-204.

Review of Shulamit Volkov: Walther Rathenau. Weimar's Fallen Statesman (New Haven: Yale UP, 2012); German History, first published online: March 3, 2015.

Review of Mark Edmundson, The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days (New York: Bloomsbury, 2007), published on H-German (August 2011).

Review of Christian Emden, Walter Benjamins Archäologie der Moderne: Kulturwissenschaft um 1930 (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2006), published on H-German (October 2007).

Review of Pamela E. Swett, Neighbors and Enemies: The Culture of Radicalism in Berlin,1929- 1933 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), Social History 31:4 (2006), 497-499.

Review of Laurence A. Rickel’s Nazi Psychoanalysis (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2002, published on H-German (March 2004).