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Robert Rennie



My research focuses on the history of technology and its implications on the wider history of modern Germany and Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My current book project explores the ways in which aviation technology disrupted the social and cultural practices of German aviators during the First World War. Powered flight further transformed the experience of time, space, and even violence and death during and after the conflict and had a profound impact on both German fliers and wider popular culture.

At UT-Knoxville, I teach survey courses on the second half of Western Civilization. In my courses, I focus on central questions of human rights, the role of ideas in shaping history, and the influence of technology in disrupting historical narratives.

Research Interests

Field of Study: Modern German History / European History.

Research Interests: Modern Germany, Modern Europe, World War I, Aviation, History of Technology, Social and Cultural History.


Ph.D. History: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2017.
M.A. History: Appalachian State University, 2011.
B.A. History (Honors, Cum Laude): The University of North Georgia, 2006.

Selected Publications

“Privileged Deaths: Germany’s Living and Lost Aviators of the First World War,” First World War Studies Journal. London: Taylor & Francis, forthcoming.

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