Dr Tim Grady

Reader in Modern History

Qualifications

BA (Keele), MA (Southampton), PhD (Southampton)

Overview

I am an historian of modern European and in particular German history. My research interests, which are fairly wide ranging, focus on the workings of memory, Jewish / non-Jewish relations in twentieth century Germany, the Holocaust, the First World War and more recently the environment in both East and West Germany.

Teaching

I contribute to the teaching of the following undergraduate modules:

  • Making and Remaking the German Nation
  • Europe on the Move: Minorities and Migration, 1870 to the Present
  • Constructing History
  • Debates in History. The Holocaust: A Straight or Twisted Path to Genocide?
  • Culture of Defeat: Weimar Germany and the Legacies of the First World War

I contribute to the teaching of the following postgraduate modules:

  • Research Skills and Methodology in Military History
  • War and Memory: Commemorating the World Wars in Western Europe
  • Research Dissertation

Postgraduate Supervision

I am currently jointly supervising an MPhil/PhD on British responses to Indian troops during the Great War. I would welcome further enquiries from students interested in researching aspects of the First World War, twentieth century German history and Jewish history in general.

Research

My research explores the social and cultural history of war and conflict in three interlocking areas. The first of these concerns the history of German Jews during and immediately after the First World War. I have previously published extensively on the contested memory of the conflict and am currently involved in a major project to investigate more closely German-Jewish lives during the First World War itself.

A second research interest focuses on the historic interactions between the environment and conflict. With the support of a British Academy small research grant, I have started to explore the environmental history of the Cold War, focusing in particular on the rivers, lakes and forests that crisscrossed the border region dividing East and West Germany.

My third main research area has developed in tandem with the ongoing centenary of the First World War. Building on a conference held in Chester in 2014 - ‘Minorities and the First World War’ - I am working with Dr Hannah Ewence and Dr Jessica van Horssen to uncover the history of Cheshire’s wartime minorities: http://diversenarratives.com/ A particular strand of the project that I am leading examines the large Handforth internment and prisoner of war camp, which existed in East Cheshire from 1914-1919: www.handforthpowcamp.com/

Published work

'A Shared Environment: Germans-German Relations along the Border, 1945-1972', Journal of Contemporary History, (2015) 50(3), pp.660-79.

‘Krieg in der Erinnerung - Krieg um die Erinnerung. Das Gedenken an die jüdischen Gefallenen nach 1918’, in Ulrike Heikaus and Julia Köhne (eds), Krieg: Juden zwischen den Fronten, 1914-1918 (Berlin: Hentrich & Hentrich, 2014), pp. 263-284.

The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2011).

'Creating Difference: The Racialisation of Germany's Jewish Soldiers after the First World War', Patterns of Prejudice, 46 (2012), pp. 318-338.

'Germany's "Forgotten" Soldiers', History Today, 61 (November 2011), pp. 37-43.

‘Fighting a Lost Battle: The Reichsbund jüdischer Frontsoldaten and the Rise of National Socialism’, German History, 28 (1) (2010), pp. 1-20.

“They died for Germany”: Jewish Soldiers, the German Army and Conservative Debates about the Nazi Past in the 1960s’, European History Quarterly, 39 (1) (2009), pp. 27-46.

‘A Common Experience of Death: Commemorating the German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1923’, in Alon Confino, Dirk Schumann and Paul Betts (eds), Between Mass Death and Individual Loss: The Place of the Dead in Twentieth-Century Germany (New York / Oxford: Berghahn, 2008), pp. 179-96.

‘Academic Antisemitism: The Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen and the Jews’, History Today, 52 (7) (July 2002), pp. 48-53.