John V.H. Dippel

Works

War and Sex
"War and Sex" examines how, in recent centuries, women's growing economic and political power has threatened some groups of men and motivated them to stop or roll back these advances. War presents itself as an opportunity for these men to regain an edge in this intensifying competition between the genders. Individual men with poor marital prospects have found volunteering for war a successful strategy for increasing their chances of winning mates and having children.

Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death: The Impact of America's First Climate Crisis
Describes the long-term consequences of the unprecedented, destructive cold spells which struck New England during 1816 -- forcing mass migration to the frontier, calling into question the wisdom of established political and religious authorities, promoting scientific inquiry into the weather and other natural phenomena, accelerating America's transition from farming to manufacturing, and leading many to rethink humanity's relationship to the natural world.

Bound Upon a Wheel of Fire: Why So Many German Jews Made the Tragic Decision to Remain in Nazi Germany
By analyzing the attitudes and actions of six prominent Jews--Leo Baeck, Bella Fromm, Hans Joachim Schoeps, Max Warburg, Robert Weltsch, and Richard Willstatter, this book provides important insights into how an oppressed community could hold out hope for survival under the murderous Nazi regime.

Race to the Frontier: ‘White Flight’ and Westward Expansion
Small, independent Southern farmers were repeatedly forced to migrate inland due to competition from slave plantations. This book shows how they brought the resulting antipathy toward blacks with them and sought to establish a white sanctuary west of the Mississippi to prior to the Civil War.

Selected Works

History
"Stunningly important and effectively presented." -- David Barash
“The most authoritative, detailed, and gripping account of the climate disaster that struck New England in 1816-17.”
--Gillen D'Arcy, author of "Tambora."
“A thoughtful and sensitive account of a sickness tug-of-war between fear and hope.”
--Times Literary Supplement
“Sheds light on an inexplicable phenomenon.”
--Yad Vashem
"Dippel's eloquent writing is both entertaining and informative. Impeccable research and historical analysis . . . " -- Pacific Northwest Quarterly