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Research on Authoritarian Regimes

Strobl, Swastika and the stage

Research among modern historians in the department focuses especially on France, Germany and East Central Europe. Much of this work addresses authoritarian regimes in modern society, from their culture and patterns of socialisation to their operation and impact on everyday life. A number of staff explore these themes through the study of dictatorships and mass mobilisation in the twentieth century. 

Areas of research include gender and women’s history in France; the right and extreme right in France; modern Austria; denazification and the Allied occupation of Germany; and propaganda and culture in Germany; biography and National Socialism; music and citizenship in Germany; the social history of the German Democratic Republic; German Art; Nazi perceptions of Britain; propaganda; and the Maginot Line.

Members of staff working on modern European History include:

Associated Research Centre