Dr. Ned Richardson-Little

My research focuses on the history of law, crime, human rights, and globalization in modern Germany.

You can read more about my current research at my University of Erfurt homepage.

And you can also find me on twitter at @HistoryNed.

Click here for recent publications.

If you were curious, the blog’s name is a reference to Erich Kästner’s Notwendige Antwort auf überflüssige Fragen (Necessary answers to superfluous questions) and the banner picture is KPD-Plakat zu den Reichstagswahlen, Berlin, May 1, 1928 (Bundesarchiv Bild 102-05929).

Academic Honours:

German Historical Institute, Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize – link to prize citation

Weiner Library, Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History commendation


Interview by Marc-William Palen, “The Human Rights Dictatorship,” Imperial and Global Forum (October 5, 2020)

Interview by David Broder, “A Human Rights Contradiction,Jacobin (October 3, 2020)

Interview by Sumi Somaskanda, “How Connected are Germans Really 30 Years after Reunification?KCRW Studio Berlin (September 16, 2020)

Interview with Bob Whitaker, “Through the Darkest of Times,” History Respawned (March 31, 2020)

Interview with Gesche Schifferdecker “Concepts of Human Rights are not unique to the West” – Interview with Ned Richardson-Little 

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Saw your Twitter post with page from Naylor’s book. Wondering if you could, please, send his/her full name, book’s title ? Would like to read further. I’m not an academic, just retired person wandering the internet looking for items of interest.

    Thanks, very much


  2. Pingback: Radio GDR Podcast: The Human Rights Dictatorship – The GDR Objectified – The Fourth Estate

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