Dr. Ned Richardson-Little

My research focusses on the history of socialism and human rights and the history of globalization, oil, and narcotics 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.

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


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

Selected Publications

JarauschDifferent“Human Rights, Pluralism and the Democratization of East and West Germany,” in Harald Wenzel, Konrad Jarausch, and Karin Goihl (eds), Different Germans, Many Germanies: New Transatlantic Perspectives (Berghahn, 2016).

“Human Rights as Myth and History: Between the Revolutions of 1989 and the Arab Spring,” Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, (23:2-3, 2015, 151-166).

Breakthrough“Between Dictatorship and Dissent: Ideology, Legitimacy and Human Rights in East Germany, 1945-1990,” German Historical Institute Bulletin 56 (Spring 2015)

“Dictatorship and Dissent: Human Rights in East Germany in the 1970s,” in Jan Eckel and Samuel Moyn (eds.) The Breakthrough: Human Rights in the 1970s (Uni of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). 

“‘Erkämpft das Menschenrecht’: Sozialismus und Menschenrechte in der DDR in der 70er Jahre,” in J. Eckel and S. Moyn (eds.) Moral für die Welt?: Menschenrechtspolitik Moral für die Weltin Den 1970er Jahren (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012).


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