Dr. Stephen G. Fritz

Dr. Frizt

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B.A., 1971, University of Illinois
M.A., 1973, University of Illinois
Ph.D., 1980, University of Illinois

About Dr. Fritz:

Stephen G. Fritz joined the faculty of the Department of History at East Tennessee State University in the Fall of 1984. His specialty is nineteenth and twentieth century European History, with a focus on twentieth century Germany. His scholarship has ranged from liberal politics in the late 1920’s Weimar Republic to the rise of Nazism, from the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 in Germany to the origins of the     Holocaust. He is the author of a trilogy of well-received books, published by the University Press of Kentucky, on various aspects of World War II.



Areas of Academic Specialty 

19th  and 20th  Century Europe

Modern Germany

World War I

World War II

The Holocaust

The ‘Coercive Utopias’

The Cold War in Europe 


Web Pages of Interest


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Selected Publications: 


Fritz book 



Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II (Lexington: The University Press  of Kentucky, 1995).

Hitlers Frontsoldaten: Der erzählte Krieg, trans. Klaus Kochmann (Berlin: Henschel Verlag, 1998).

– Frontsoldaten: den Tyske Soldaten under Andra Världskriget, trans. Inge R. L. Larsson & Kjell Waltman (Stockholm: Fischer & Co, 2011).

 – Żołnierze Hitlera. Wehrmacht na frontach drugiej wojny światowej. (Warsaw: Wydawnictwo RM, 2013).


Fritz book 





Endkampf: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Death of the Third Reich (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2004) 



Fritz book






Ostkrieg: Hitler’s War of Extermination in the East (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2011).





"The Search for Volksgemeinschaft: Gustav Stresemann and the Baden DVP," German Studies Review, 7, #2 (May 1984), pp. 249-280.


"`The Center Cannot Hold.' Educational Politics and the Collapse of the Democratic Middle in Germany: The School Bill Crisis in Baden, 1927-1928," History of Education Quarterly, 25, #4 (Winter 1985), pp. 413-437.


"In the World of Auschwitz: Aspects of the Final Solution," Social Science Perspectives Journal, 1, #2 (1986), pp. 1-23.


"The NSDAP as Volkspartei: A Look at the Social Basis of the Nazi Voter," The History Teacher, 20, #3 (May 1987), pp. 379-399.


"When History Wasn't History: The 1918-1919 Influenza Epidemic in Germany," Social Science Perspectives Journal, 2, #2 (1987), pp. 93-104.


"Reflections on Antecedents of the Holocaust," The History Teacher, 23, #2 (February 1990), pp. 161-179.


"Frankfurt," in Fred R. van Hartesveldt, ed., The 1918-1919 Pandemic of Influenza. The  Urban Impact in the Western World (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1992), pp. 13-32.


"`We are trying to change the face of the world.' Ideology and Motivation in the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front: The View From Below," The Journal of Military History, 60, (October 1996), 683-710.


“’This is the Way Wars End, With a Bang not a Whimper:’ Middle Franconia in April 1945,” War and Society, 18, #2 (October 2000), 121-153.