Ian Kershaw

British historian of Nazi Germany (born 1943) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sir Ian Kershaw FRHistS FBA (born 29 April 1943) is an English historian whose work has chiefly focused on the social history of 20th-century Germany. He is regarded by many as one of the world's foremost experts on Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, and is particularly noted for his biographies of Hitler.[1]

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Sir Ian Kershaw

Kershaw at the 2012 Leipzig Book Fair
Born (1943-04-29) 29 April 1943 (age 80)
SpouseBetty Kershaw
Parent(s)Joseph Kershaw, Alice (Robinson) Kershaw
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisBolton Priory, 1286–1325: An Economic Study (1969)
Academic work
DisciplineSocial history
School or traditionAlltagsgeschichte
Main interestsNazi Germany
Notable ideas"Working Towards the Führer" theory

He was a follower of the German historian Martin Broszat, and until his retirement, he was a professor at the University of Sheffield. Kershaw has called Broszat an "inspirational mentor" who did much to shape his understanding of Nazi Germany.[2] Kershaw served as historical adviser on numerous BBC documentaries, notably The Nazis: A Warning from History and War of the Century. He taught a module titled "Germans against Hitler".[3]

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