About

Dr. Ned Richardson-Little

I am currently an Associate Research Fellow working on the project “1989 after 1989: The Fall of State-Socialism in a Global Perspective,” at the University of Exeter.

My research projects focus on the politics of human rights in the Eastern Bloc and the history of oil and narcotics in East Germany. For more, click here

You can also find me on twitter at @HistoryNed.

Academic Honours:

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

Weiner Library, Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History commendation

Interview

“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).

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).

The banner picture is Bundesarchiv Bild 102-05929, Berlin, KPD-Plakat zu den Reichstagswahlen (May 1, 1928).

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