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James G. Chappel, Assistant Professor

James G. Chappel

James Chappel is the Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History at Duke University. His first book will appear from Harvard University Press in the Spring of 2018: "Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church." The book is primarily an intellectual history of European Catholics between the 1920s and 1960s, focusing on their conceptualization of the family, the economy, and the state. It argues that the experience of the 1930s were a watershed in the history of the Church, as the twin threats of fascism and (especially) Communism pushed Catholic thinkers towards a wholly renovated form of social Catholic ethics. Essentially, Catholics ceased struggling against modernity, and began struggling for Catholic forms of modernity -- as they do today.

He is at work on two further projects. The first is provisionally entitled "Old Volk: The Invention of Old Age in Modern Germany." Building on recent interdisciplinary investigations into the relationship between political economy and the family, this book ponders the invention of "old age" as a category of cultural life, social-scientific expertise, and policymaking. The second is provisionally entitled "The Second Reformation: Global Christianity and the Logic of Sanctuary, 1960-1980." Building on a set of case studies in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, this book integrates Christianity into the rapidly-expanding literature on the global 1960s and 1970s, showing how the New Left and the New Right both capitalized on capitalist expansion, countercultural experiment, and decolonization.

For more information, visit his personal website.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  327 Carr Building
Office Phone:  919-684-0321
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2017):

  • HISTORY 286.01, EUROPE IN TWENTIETH CENT Synopsis
    Carr 137, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as ICS 237.01)
Teaching (Spring 2018):

  • HISTORY 272.01, GENOCIDE AND HUMAN RIGHTS Synopsis
    Gross Hall 105, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM
    (also cross-listed as PUBPOL 345.01)
  • HISTORY 702S.01, RESEARCH SEMINAR IN HST Synopsis
    Carr 136, M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Office Hours:

(on leave, 2016-17)
Education:

Ph.D.Columbia University2012
BAHaverford2005
Specialties:

European and Russia
Cultural History
Intellectual History
Global Transnational History
Human Rights and Social Movements
Research Interests:

I study the intellectual, political, and religious history of modern Europe. I am currently completing a manuscript entitled "The Struggle for Europe's Soul: Catholic Political Economy and the Salvation of Democracy, 1920-1960" (forthcoming from Harvard University Press). This work studies Catholic social-economic thought as a transnational whole, arguing that it had massive and overlooked impact on the shape of post-1945 Europe, where its influence was mediated through the new Christian Democratic parties that swept to power across the continent. I am also working, as a second project, on the institutional and social-scientific consolidation of the family in post-1945 Europe, and I am particularly interested in how the "problem of aging" is conceived and administered.

Keywords:

History • Philosophy

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Chappel, JG, Holy Wars: Secularism and the Invention of Religion, Boston Review no. May/June 2016 (2016) [james-chappel-secularism-religion]
  2. Chappel, JG, Review of "Den Kapitalismus bändigen. Oswald von Nell-Breunings Impulse für die Sozialpolitik," ed. Bernhard Emunds and Hans Günter Hockerts., Central European History, vol. 49 (2016), Cambridge University Press (CUP): HSS Journals - No Cambridge Open, ISSN 1569-1616
  3. Chappel, JG, An Economy of Miracles: Catholicism, Social Science, and Capitalism in West Germany, New German Critique: an interdisciplinary journal of German studies (2015), ISSN 1558-1462
  4. Chappel, JG, Review of Thomas Großbölting, "Der verlorene Himmel, Glaube in Deutschland seit 1945", Journal of Modern History, vol. 87 (2015), University of Chicago Press, ISSN 1537-5358
  5. Chappel, JG, A Servant Heart: How Neoliberalism Came to Be, Boston Review (2015) [james-chappel-servant-heart-religion-neoliberalism]


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