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Thomas Fleischman

  • Assistant Professor


449 Rush Rhees Library
(585) 275-1140


European History

Research Overview

Thomas Fleischman joins the faculty after postdoctoral appointments in Yale University's Agrarian Studies Program, as visiting assistant professor at Bowdoin College, and as writer-in-residence at New York University's Jordan Center for the Study of Russia.

Environmental history, the history of state socialism, economic history, the history of modern Germany, and the history of animals all intersect in Fleischman's work. His forthcoming book, Three Little Pigs: East Germany's 'Green' Revolution, 1945-2000, focuses on East Germany's decision in the 1970s to develop a large-scale pork industry, which culminated in an environmental disaster. Fleischman argues that practices of industrial agriculture in state socialist and capitalist economies were very similar and led to parallel environmental problems.