How can it be explained that Nazism made real, if partial, inroads into wider German Society? (by Joshua Arbury)

It cannot be doubted that Nazi Germany was the most destructive political regime of the 20th century, not only because it unleashed World War II or instigated the holocaust but because of its impact on German society. The extent of … Continue reading

An examination of the key problems posed to historians examining memoirs in response to the Wilkomirski Controversy (by Tammy Cairns)

In 1995, Benjamin Wilkomirski’s critically and commercially acclaimed Holocaust story Fragments: Memories of a Childhood (1939-1948) was published in Germany. As a survivor of the Holocaust and a multi award-winning writer, Wilkomirski found himself in the public gaze having won … Continue reading

A Book Review of Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (by Jack Watt)

Ordinary Men is regarded as seminal in Holocaust studies, as micro-history in its own right, and valuable for studying authoritarianism and indoctrination on individuals and collective groups. Tracing a single German unit, Reserve Police Battalion 101 (henceforth RPB-101) throughout their … Continue reading

Quantifying Capitalist Development in Imperial Japan (by Mr Charrington)

Too often in historiography is capitalist development referred to as some sort of ‘qualitative miracle’; a process that comes about via the ‘awakening’ or ‘enlightenment’ of the people and/or economy. The idea that the economy, or for that matter the … Continue reading

What impact did the Second World War have upon British imperial authority? (by Valentin Boulan)

The Second World War was a key event in reshaping the geo-political map in the second half of the 20th century. The conflict resulted in a power shift from European imperial dominance towards US and Soviet hegemony , and a … Continue reading

Is it possible to explain the motivations of Holocaust perpetrators? (by Valentin Boulan)

Many Holocaust studies have focused not only on the victims, but also on perpetrators. This interest towards the Nazi killing machine is in many ways understandable. Firstly, because perpetrators can be seen as an opportunistic topic of study, for which … Continue reading