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Dagmar Ellerbrock (Dresden): Trigger-Happy Germans? How to Explain the Transformation of German Gun Culture in the Twentieth Century

October 3, 2017, 5:30pm BST - 7:00pm
German Historical Institute London

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Dagmar Ellerbrock (Dresden)
Trigger-Happy Germans? How to Explain the Transformation of German Gun Culture in the Twentieth Century

German gun culture in the nineteenth century was marked by widespread ownership and use of private firearms. By the end of the twentieth century German gun culture had become regulated and moralized. How can we account for this transformation? Are emotions important for understanding why the trigger-happy German has all but disappeared? And can other societies learn lessons from this in their efforts to regulate private handguns?

Dagmar Ellerbrock is Professor of Modern History at the University of Dresden. In her research she has specialized on the American occupation of Germany after 1945 and German gun culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is the author of Healing Democracy. Demokratie als Heilmittel: Gesundheit, Krankheit und Politik in der amerikani - schen Besatzungszone 1945–1949 (2004), and Deutsche Schießwut: Zur Transformation der deutschen Waffenkultur im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert (forthcoming 2018).

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