Speier, Hans

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During his lifetime, Hans Speier was distinguished by two very distinct careers. Speier was a lecturer in political sociology and economics in Germany (1931-1933) before emigrating to the U.S. to accept a position as lecturer and professor of political sociology on the newly formed Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York (1933-1942, 1947-1948), lecturing summers at the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan. Speier interrupted his university career for one in government service and research, but returned to teaching in 1969 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Between 1942 and 1948, Speier served in the Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service of the Federal Communications Commission (later Chief of the Central European Section), advisor on propaganda policy to the Director of the Overseas Branch, Office of War Information, and eventually became Associate Chief of the State Department's Occupied Areas Division. In 1948, Speier joined the staff of The Rand Corporation, first serving as the Organizer and Head of the Social Science Division, later becoming a member of the Rand Research Council. Speier's research interests focus on the political implications of military affairs and the influence of military power on the behavior of governments in the conduct of his foreign policies. He authored or co-edited numerous books and articles on these subjects, including German Radio Propaganda, Social Order and the Risks of War, West German Leadership and Foreign Policy, German Rearmament and Atomic War, Divided Berlin: The Anatomy of Soviet Political Blackmail, Die Angestellten vor dem Nationalsozialismus (English title: German White Collar Workers and the Rise of Hitler), and Propaganda and Communication in World History. He also published his translation of Grimmelshausen's Courage, the Adventuress and the False Messiah, as well his autobiographical account, From the Ashes of Disgrace: A Journal from Germany 1945-19

From the description of Hans Speier papers, 1922-1989. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122575113

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referencedIn Kris, Ernst, 1900-1957. Ernst Kris papers, 1893-1999 (bulk 1940-1956). Library of Congress
referencedIn Wirth, Louis, 1897-1952. Papers, 1918-1952 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn National Air and Space Museum. Dept. of Space History. The Rand History Project, 1985-1990. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Speier, Hans. Hans Speier papers, 1922-1989. University at Albany, University Libraries
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associatedWith Ascoli, Max, 1898-1978. person
associatedWith Bendix, Reinhard. person
associatedWith Brodersen, Arvid, 1904-1996. person
associatedWith Coser, Lewis A., 1913-2003. person
associatedWith Goldhammer, Herbert. person
associatedWith Goldsen, Joseph M. person
associatedWith Ikle, Fred Charles. person
associatedWith Johnson, Alvin. person
associatedWith Kecskemeti, Paul. person
associatedWith Kellermann, Henry J. person
associatedWith Kris, Ernst, 1900-1957. person
associatedWith Lasswell, Harold D. (Harold Dwight), 1902-1978. person
associatedWith Leites, Nathan, 1912-1987. person
associatedWith Lepsius, Richard, 1810-1884. person
associatedWith Lerner, Daniel. person
associatedWith National Air and Space Museum. Dept. of Space History. corporateBody
associatedWith New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Rand Corporation. Social Sciences Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Staudinger, Hans, 1889-1980. person
associatedWith Strauss, Leo. person
associatedWith Wirth, Louis, 1897-1952. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Propaganda, German
World War, 1939-1945--Psychological aspects
World War, 1939-1945--German Americans
Propaganda, Anti--German
Psychological warfare
World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns
Propaganda, American


Birth 1905

Death 1990




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