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Dr Toby Thacker 


Dr Toby Thacker
Position:Senior Lecturer in Modern European History

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 76874
Extension:76874
Location:John Percival Building, 4.32

Research Interests

My research concentrates on the cultural, political, and military history of the twentieth century in Europe. I have focused particularly on the role and place of music in Germany after 1945; on music in the early GDR; and on the relationship between different forms of music and concepts of citizenship in modern Germany. I have also written about the end of the Second World War in Europe, and most recently I have written a full length biography of Joseph Goebbels. I am now devoting attention to British culture, the arts, and the construction of memory during and after the First World War, and am researching for a forthcoming book on this subject.

Selected Monographs

Toby Thacker, Joseph Goebbels: Life and Death (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Toby Thacker, Music after Hitler, 1945-1955 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)

Toby Thacker, The End of the Third Reich: Defeat, Denazification, and Nuremberg, 1944–1946 (Stroud: Tempus, 2006)

Research Projects

I am currently working on a monograph on British culture, the arts, and the construction of memory during and after the First World War. This will focus on the wartime experience of a group of selected composers, painters, and writers; it will explore how that experience was reflected in their creative work, and how that in turn contributed to the construction of a British memory of the war.

Research Group, Centre or Network

  1. I am contributing to an interdisciplinary research group based in Austria, the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Klang(welten)” exploring the ways in which music works in society, and in different historical and societal contexts.
  2. I am contributing to a separate international network exploring the theme of ‘Music and International Relations’, based in Cologne;

   3.and I am speaking in September 2012 at an international conference to be held in Cardiff on the theme of political violence.

Undergraduate Teaching

Impact and Engagement

As well as giving lectures to sixth form students on Nazi Germany, I am representing Cardiff University on a Steering Group for the Centenary Commemoration of the First World War in Cardiff; and on a panel coordinating the digitization of selected documents relating to the ‘Welsh experience of World War One 1914-1918’, which is being run from the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth.

I regularly review books for a range of scholarly journals, including Music and Letters, German History, European History Quarterly,Central European History, and Gender History.

I have spoken on a number of radio programmes for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, and for BBC Radio Wales; most recently on Radio 4’s programme ‘Bach’s Choir’, broadcast in March 2012. I am contributing to a television documentary on the Welsh journalist Gareth Jones which is being premiered at the Friontline Club in London on 6 July 2012, and is due to be shown on BBC 4 in October 2012.