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War Experiences 1939-1945: class, gender and nation

Books for discussion

Bartov, Omer, Eastern Front 1941-1945: German Troops and the Barbarisation of Warfare. 2nd ed. (Basingstoke, 2001). E-book - library

Browning, Christopher, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (London, 1998).

Weiner, Amir, Making Sense of War: The Second World War and the Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution (Princeton, 2002).


Core Texts

Hájková, Anna, ‘Sexual Barter in Times of Genocide: Negotiating the Sexual Economy of the Theresienstadt Ghetto,’ Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 38 (2013), pp. 503-533.

Harris, José, 'War and Social History: Britain and the Home Front During the Second World War‘, Contemporary European History, 1 (1992), pp. 17-35. JSTOR

Mick, Christoph, 'Incompatible Experiences: Poles, Ukrainians and Jews under Soviet and German Occupation, 1939-1944', Journal of Contemporary History, 46 (2011), pp. 336-363. JSTOR

Further Reading

Bartov, Omar, Hitler’s Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and the War in the Third Reich (Oxford, 1991)

Berkhoff, Karel C., Harvest of Despair: Life and Death in Ukraine under Nazi Rule (Cambridge Mass., London, 2004).

Calder, Angus, The People’s War: Britain 1939-45 (London, 1969).

Freedman, J.R., Whistling in the Dark: Memory and Culture in Wartime London (Lexington, Kentucky, 2002).

Fussell, Paul, Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War (Oxford, 1989).

Glantz, D.M., Barbarossa: Hitler’s Invasion of Russia, 1941 (Stroud, 2001).

Higonnet, Margaret (ed.), Behind the Lines: Gender and the Two World Wars (London, 1987).

Markusen, Eric, and Kopf, David, The Holocaust and Strategic Bombing: Genocide and Total War in the Twentieth Century (Boulder, Col., 1995).

Milward, Alan S., War, Economy and Society 1939-45 (London, 1977).

Summerfield, P. (ed.) Reconstructing Women’s Wartime Lives: Discourse and Subjectivity in Oral Histories of the Second World War (London, 1998).