Associate Professor in the Department of History
Tuesday 3:00-4:00 PM, Wednesday 10:00-11:00 AM and by appointment
I am a historian of the United States and Germany, who focuses on questions of militarism, warfare, and empire in the long twentieth century. In my work, I also address larger questions about how best to "globalize" and "internationalize" U.S and German histories in the modern age.
Bonker, D. “Germany and China: Transnational Encounters since the Eighteenth Century eds. Joanne Miyang Cho and David M. Crowe.” H German, October 13, 2015.
Bonker, D. “The Naval Route to the Abyss. The Anglo-German Naval Race 1895-1914, eds. Matthew S. Seligmann, Frank Nägler, and Michael Epkenhans.” H Soz Kult, September 14, 2015.
Bonker, D. “To Crown the Waves: The Great Navies of the First World War, eds. Vincent P.O. Hara, W. David Jackson and Richard Worth.” German Studies Review. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
Bonker, D. “Power, Law and the End of Privateering by Jan Martin Lemnitzer.” American Historical Review. Oxford University Press, 2015.
Bonker, D. “From Isolationism to Neutrality: A New Framework for Understanding American Political Culture, 1919-1941 by Brooke L. Blower.” H Diplo, October 16, 2014.
Boenker, Dirk. “Maritime Industry in Germany: Shipping-Shipyards-Trade-Naval Power in the19th and 20th Century.” German Studies Review. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PRESS, October 1, 2014.
Bonker, D. “The Royal Navy and the German Threat 1901-1914: Admiralty Plans to Protect British Trade in a War against Germany by Matthew S. Seligmann.” First World War Studies, 2014.
Bonker, D. “Maritime Wirtschaft in Deutschland, eds. Jürgen Elvert, Sigurd Hess and Heinrich Walle.” German Studies Review. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
Boenker, Dirk. “A Duel of Nations: Germany, France, and the Diplomacy of the War of 1870-1871.” German Studies Review. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PRESS, October 1, 2013.
Bönker, Dirk. “Michael G. Thompson: For God and Globe: Christian Internationalism in the United States between the Great War and the Cold War . Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2015; pp. xi + 250..” Journal of Religious History 41, no. 4 (December 2017): 550–51. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9809.12474. Full Text
Bonker, Dirk. “Violence: A Modern Obsession. By Richard Bessel.London: Simon & Schuster, 2015. Pp. vi+374. £11.99..” The Journal of Modern History 89, no. 2 (June 2017): 400–401. https://doi.org/10.1086/691478. Full Text
Bonker D, Dirk. “Global Politics and Germany's Destiny “from an East Asian Perspective”: Alfred von Tirpitz and the Making of Wilhelmine Navalism.” Central European History 46, no. 01 (March 2013): 61–96. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0008938913000034. Full Text
Boenker, Dirk. “Crisis at Sea: The US Navy in European Waters in World War I.” European History Quarterly 40, no. 2 (April 2010): 375–76. https://doi.org/10.1177/02656914100400020657. Full Text
Bonker, D. “Military History, Militarization, and the "American Century".” Zeithistorische Forschungen 2, no. 1 (March 2005): 105–9.
Bonker, D. “Admiration, Enmity, and Cooperation: U.S. Navalism and the British and German Empires before the Great War.” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 2 (March 2001).
Bonker, D. “Preparedness.” Edited by E. J. Blum. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2016.
Bonker, D. “Naval Race between Germany and Great Britain, 1898-1912.” Edited by U. Daniel, P. Gatrell, O. Janz, H. Jones, J. Keene, A. Kramer, and B. Nasson. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, January 11, 2015.
Bonker, D. “Maritime Force and the Limits of Empire: Naval Warfare, Commerce, and Law in Germany and the United States before the First World War.” Edited by D. Eley, Geoff and D. Naranch, Bradley. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014.
Bonker, D. “Ein German Way of War? Deutscher Militarismus und maritime Kriegführung im Ersten Weltkrieg.” Edited by Sven-Oliver Müller and Cornelius Torp. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, April 12, 2011.
Bonker, D. “A German Way of War? Narratives of German Militarism and Maritime Warfare in World War I.” Edited by S. O. Muller and C. Torp. New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2011.
Bonker, D. “Deutscher Militarismus und maritime Kriegführung im Ersten Weltkrieg.” Edited by S. O. Muller and C. Torp. Göttingen, 2008.
Bonker, D. “Zwischen Bürgerkrieg und Navalismus: Marinepolitik und Handelsimperialismus in den USA, 1865-1890 [Between Civil War and Navalism: Naval Policy und Trade Imperialism in the U.S., 1865-1890],” 2003.
Bonker, D. “Naval professionalism and the state in turn-of-the-century Germany and America.” Edited by W. M. McBride. New Interpretations in Naval History. NAVAL INST PRESS, January 1, 1998.
Bonker, D. “Maritime Aufrüstung zwischen Partei-und Weltpolitik. Schlachtflottenbau in Deutschland und den USA um die Jahrhundertwende [Naval Armaments between Domestic Politics and Global Diplomacy: Battlefleet Building in Germany and the United States at the Turn of the Century.".” Edited by Jürgen Heideking. Wvt Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 1998.
Aneignung, Transfer, und Verwissenschaftlichung: Überlegungen zu einer transatlantischen Begriffsgeschichte von Militarismus im 20. Jahrhundert, Macht der Sprache: Workshop zur Historischen Semantik des 20. Jahrhunderts. September 13, 2013