Enzo Traverso

Enzo Traverso

Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities

vt225@cornell.eduvt225 Office: MRL 307 Phone: 5-8432

Enzo Traverso received his M.A. from the University of Genoa, Italy (1982), and his Ph.D. from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1989). He specializes in contemporary Europe, focusing on intellectual history and the political ideas of the first half of the twentieth century, in a comparative and transnational perspective. Before coming to Cornell, he has been a professor of political science at the University Jules Verne of Picardy, France, and a member of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He has been visiting professor at several European as well as Latin American Universities. His publications, all translated in different languages, include more than ten authored and other edited books. Several of his works investigate the impact of political and mass violence on the European culture. He is currently preparing a book on the representations of the Jewish intellectual in Germany, France and Italy at the turn of the XXth Century.

Recent Courses

The European Civil War 1914-1945
Landscapes of Memory: Political Uses of the Past

Research Interests

European Cultural History
Intellectual History
Historiography
Jewish History
Critical Theory
Marxism

Selected Publications

Books:
* The European Civil War 1914-1945
, Verso, London-New York (forthcoming in 2014; original French as A feu et à sang. La guerre civile européenne 1914-1945, translated into Italian, Spanish, German, Greek)
* La fin de la modernité juive. Histoire d’un tournant conservateur, La Découverte, Paris, 2013 (forthcoming in Italian, Spanish, German)
* Où sont passes les intellectuels? Conversations avec Régis Mairan, Textuel, Paris, 2013
* L’histoire comme champ de bataille. Interpréter les violences du xxe siècle, La Découverte, Paris, 2011 (translated into Italian, Spanish ; forthcoming in German and Polish)
* Le passé, modes d’emploi. Histoire, mémoire, politique, La fabrique, Paris, 2005 (translated into Italian, Spanish, German, Turkish)
* The Origins of Nazi Violence, The New Press, New York 2003 (original French as La violence nazie. Une généalogie européenne, translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Polish, forthcoming in Greek)
* La pensée dispersée. Figures de l’exil judéo-allemand, Lignes, Paris, 2003 (translated into Italian, Spanish)
* Understanding the Nazi Genocide: Marxism after Auschwitz, Pluto Press, London, 1999 (original French as Pour une critique de la barbarie moderne, translated into Swedish and German)
* L’Histoire déchirée. Essai sur Auschwitz et les intellectuels, Éditions du Cerf, Paris, 1997 (translated into Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Czech)
* Siegfried Kracauer. Itinéraire d’un intellectuel nomade, La Découverte, Paris, 1994 (new edition 2006, translated into Spanish)
* The Jews and Germany. From the “Judeo-German Symbiosis” to the Memory of Auschwitz, Nebraska University Press, Lincoln, 1995 (original French as Les Juifs et l’Allemagne, translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese)
* The Marxists and the Jewish Question. The History of a Debate (1843-1943), Humanities Press, Atlantic Higlands & London, 1994 (original French as Les Marxistes et la question juive, translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Turkish)

Edited books:
* Le totalitarisme. Le XXe siècle en débat, (textes choisis et présentés par Enzo Traverso), Seuil, Paris, 2001 (the introduction was published as a single book, in an expanded version, in Italian, Catalan, Spanish and Japanese)
* Storia della Shoah in Italia. Vicende, memorie, rappresentazioni, (coedited with M. Flores, S. Levis-Sullam, M.-A. Matard-Bonucci), UTET, Torino, 2010, 2 vol.
* Storia della Shoah. La crisi dell’Europa, lo sterminio degli ebrei e la memoria del XX secolo, (coedited with M. Cattaruzza, M. Flores, S. Levis Sullam), UTET, Torino, 2005-2006, 2 vol.

Selected contributions to collected books:
* “Entre le savant et le politique. Max Weber contre les intellectuels”, in Michael Löwy (ed.), Max Weber et les paradoxes de la modernité, Presses universitaires de France, Paris, 2012 (translated into Spanish)
* “Las metamorphosis del intellectual judío”, in Fina Birulés, Antonio Gomez Ramos, Concha Roldán (eds), Vivir para pensar. Ensayos en homenaye a Manuel Cruz, Herder, Barcelona, 2012
* “European Memories. Entangled Perspectives”, The Memory of Labour and Social Movements. A Global Perspective, Jürgen Mittag, Berthold Molden (eds), Akademische Verlagsanstalt, Wien, 2011
* “El año 1939. Momentum de la Guerra civil europea”, in F. Villanova I Vila-Abadal, P. Ysas (eds), Europa, 1939. El año de las catastrophes, PUV, Valencia, 2010
* “La concordance des temps. Daniel Bensaid et Walter Benjamin”, preface to Daniel Bensaid, Walter Benjamin. Sentinelle messianique, Les Prairies ordinaries, Paris, 2010 (translated into German)
* “Max Weber, Auschwitz et la rationalité capitaliste”, in J. Maucourant, P. Vassort (eds), Peut-on critiquer le capitalisme ?, La Dispute, Paris, 2008
* “L’écrit-événement: l’historiographie comme champ de bataille politique”, in P. Blanchard, I. Veyrat-Masson (eds), Les guerres de mémoires. La France et son histoire, La Découverte, Paris, 2008
* “Du management et du génocide”, Postface to Zygmunt Bauman, Modernité et Holocauste, Complexe, Paris, 2008
* “Auspici, sintomi, presagi. Gli intellettuali europei e la catastrofe imminente”, in S. Audoin-Rouzeau, J.-J. Becker, A. Gibelli (eds), La prima guerra mondiale, vol. I, Einaudi, Torino, 2007
* “L’aveuglement des clercs. Les Réflexions sur la question juive de Sartre et ses critiques”, in Ingrid Galster (ed.), Sartre et les juifs, La Découverte, Paris, 2005
* “C.L.R. James (1901-1989). Intellettuale, storico, militante”, postface to C.L.R. James, Marinai, rinnegati e reietti. La storia di Herman Melville e il mondo in cui viviamo, Ombre corte, Verona, 2003

Selected articles:
* “Lumières et anti-Lumières. Sur l’histoire des idées de Zeev Sternhell”, La Revue des Livres, 2013, n° 9
* “Adorno et les antinomies de l’industrie culturelle”, Communications, EHESS/Seuil, 2012, n° 91
* “Marx et l’Occident”, Europe, 2011, 89, n° 988-989
* “Marx, l’histoire et les historiens. Une relation à réinventer”,
Actuel Marx, 2011/2, n° 50 (translated into Spanish)
* “Anatomia del crollo”, Contemporanea, Vol. XIV, 2011/1
* “Dark Times. Judéité et politique chez Hannah Arendt”, Revue française de science politique, Vol. 59, 2009/5
* “Biopotere e violenza. Sugli usi storiografici di Foucault e Agamben”, Contemporanea, 2009/3
* “L’Europe et ses mémoires. Trois perspectives croisées”, Raisons politiques, 2009/36
* “Interpreting Fascism: Mosse, Sternhell and Gentile in Comparative Perspective”, Constellations, Vol. 15, 2008/3
* “The Furies. Violence and Terror in the French and Russian Revolution”, Historical Materialism, 2008, vol. 16, n° 4
* “To brush the History against the grain: the Holocaust and German-Jewish culture in exile”, Totalitarian Movements & Political Religions, Vol. 5, 2004/2
* “Adorno, Benjamin. Une correspondance à minuit dans le siècle”, Lignes, 2003/11
* “Bohemia, Exile and Revolution: Notes on Marx, Benjamin and Trotsky”, Historical Materialism, vol. 10, 2002/1