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Patrick Major

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Areas of interest

I would be glad to supervise any research student with an interest in the history of modern Germany, the world wars, the Cold War, film history and popular cultural history.

Research centres and groups

I am an associate of the East German Studies Archive at Reading.

 

Background

I am chair of exams and teach two optional courses on 'Warrior Nation: Prussia and Germany, 1740-1945' and 'Cold War Berlin: Politics and Culture in a Divided City'.

My research interests are primarily the political, social and cultural history of divided Germany in the Cold War. I have recently completed a large project on the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. I am currently undertaking a project on Anglo-American and German film depictions of 'bad Nazis' and 'good Germans', which has been funded by the British Academy.

Publications

  • Major, P. (2006) "Smut and trash": Germany's culture wars against pulp fiction. In: Führer, K. and Ross, C. , (eds.) Mass Media, Culture and Society in Twentieth-Century Germany. New Perspectives in German Political Studies Palgrave , Basingstoke. pp. 234-250. ISBN: 9780230008380
  • Major, P. and Mitter, R. (2006) Culture. In: Dockrill, S. and Hughes, G. , (eds.) Palgrave Advances in Cold War History. Palgrave Advances Palgrave , Basingstoke. pp. 240-262. ISBN: 9781403934475