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A Reply to Gerald Feldman


For more than a year and a half Gerald Feldman has waged an unrelenting campaign against my work and character. By his own declaration, the object of this campaign has been to deny me employment as a professional historian, and to establish within the historical profession that my work is a fraud, and that I am a liar. Hitherto Professor Feldman has used private correspondence, countless phone calls, irregularly circulated “open” letters, and lapel-grabbing confrontations with interested (and some not so interested) colleagues to advance these ends. After much of that, he has availed himself of the services of a scholarly journal. I am pleased with his decision to do so, and grateful to this journal's editor for the opportunity given me to respond. But there is no escaping history. And to understand the present exchange, some history is required.

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Jürgen Kocka , “Organisierter Kapitalismus oder Staatsmonopolistischer Kapitalismus,” in H.-A. Winkler , ed., Organisierter Kapitalismus (Göttingen, 1974), pp. 1935.

Proletariat into a Class: The Process of Class Formation,” Politics and Society 7 (1977): 343401.

Michael Burawoy , Contemporary Sociology 11 (1982): 509

Thomas Childers , Journal of Social History 16 (1983): 189

Peter Gourevitch , American Journal of Sociology 88 (1983): 777

Richard Evans , Historical Journal 26 (1983): 1008

Charles Maier , Journal of Modern History 56 (1984): 91

E. G. Spencer , Business History Review 55 (1981): 609

R. J. Overy , Economic History Review 35 (1982): 321: “The industrialists and the agrarians had, as Dr. Abraham shows clearly, no real political skill in confronting a radicalized bourgeoisie and peasantry.… Nazism was in no sense their movement.”

Henry A. Turner , Political Science Quarterly 97 (1982): 739, 740

H. A. Turner , “The Ruhrlade: Secret Cabinet of Heavy Industry,” Central European History 3 (1970): 195228.

Gerald Feldman , Vom Weltkrieg zur Weltwirtschaftskrise (Göttingen, 1984), pp. 7, 8.

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Central European History
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