Ian Kershaw

Ian Kershaw

For his studies in German social history, especially Alltagsgeschichte

and for advancing the "Working Towards the Führer" concept

Sir Ian Kershaw, FBA (born 29 April 1943) is a British historian of 20th-century Germany whose work has chiefly focused on the period of the Third Reich. 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 monumental biography of Hitler, which has been called "soberly objective."

He was the leading disciple of the late West German historian Martin Broszat, and (until his retirement) professor at the University of Sheffield. Kershaw has called Broszat an "inspirational mentor" who did much to shape his understanding of National Socialist Germany. 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 entitled 'Germans against Hitler'.

His wife Dame Betty Kershaw was a Dean at Sheffield.

Read more about Ian KershawBackground, Bavaria Project, The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation, Structuralist Views, The "Working Towards The Führer" Concept, Honours and Memberships, Published Work