Ian Kershaw

English 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 leading experts on Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, and is particularly noted for his biographies of Hitler.[1]

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Ian Kershaw

Kershaw at the 2012 Leipzig Book Fair
Born (1943-04-29) 29 April 1943 (age 79)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
SpouseBetty Kershaw
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisBolton Priory, 1286–1325 (1969)
Academic work
Sub-discipline20th-century German social history
School or traditionAlltagsgeschichte
Main interestsNazi Germany
Notable ideas"Working Towards the Führer" theory

He was the leading disciple 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]