History academic’s book continues to attract international recognition.

Posted on 18th September 2018

A University of Chester academic’s book about the experience of German Jews in the First World War, is continuing to attract international recognition.

Dr Tim Grady
Dr Tim Grady

Dr Tim Grady, who is from Bebington, is a Reader in Modern History at the University, specialising in German history. His book A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War, published by Yale University Press, is one of only 12 to be longlisted for the 2018 Cundill History Prize*.

Administered by McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and awarded by a distinguished jury, a prize of US$75,000 is awarded annually to the book that embodies historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal. The two runners-up each receive US$10,000.

The book was also one of only six shortlisted for this year’s Wolfson History Prize, the country’s foremost accolade for historical publishing.

In A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War, Dr Grady examines the efforts of the 100,000 Jewish soldiers who served in the German military (12,000 of whom died), as well as the various activities of the Jewish communities at home, such as raising funds for the war effort and securing vital food supplies. The book also explores the devastating aftermath of war, which for Germany meant defeat and revolution. He finds that German Jews, who had so supported their homeland during the conflict, were increasingly marginalised at the war’s end. For Germany’s Jewish communities, the Deadly Legacy was that many Germans started to blame them for the country’s defeat.

Dr Grady said: “I’m so excited to be longlisted for such a prestigious international book prize. Following on from the book’s shortlisting for The Wolfson – the UK’s biggest history prize – this has been a very exciting year. It has been a real privilege to piece together the traces of individual lives and to discover their wartime hopes and aspirations. It is these stories that are at the very core of this book. It is also a tremendous personal honour to have been in the running for two major history prizes this year – and it’s fantastic that this type of history has been recognised in this way.”

Professor Meggen Gondek, Head of the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester, added: “The Department is exceptionally proud of Dr Grady’s achievements. The nominations he has received for this book show how excellent and accessible scholarship form the basis of our teaching and research here in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University.”