Welcome! This is my new blog. I am a graduate student at Brandeis University who is (hopefully) in the throes of completing his dissertation (River without a Land: Alsace and Rhineland in the Making of Modern Regionalism, 1836-1936). I live in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts with my wife, my son, and my rabbit. I am also a contributor to the group blog, Cliopatria.
As with my old blog, The Rhine River, I focus on European history, particularly of France and Germany. Whereas the old blog used my dissertation as a place to jump off to other subjects, I intend to use European history more directly to write about numerous events. Furthermore, I hope to develop the site’s resources. Sometimes my attention to Europe (and European news sources) has led to confusion over my identity. Too many times, to my embarrassment, I have been mistaken for a Frenchman or German by visitors. I am, in fact, American, part Jewish, part Hispanic, born and raised in Los Angeles.