‘Milksops’ and ‘Bemedalled Old Men’: Veterans and Youth in the Weimar Republic

Reichstag Building / Creative Commons Reconsidering traditional assumptions about the connection between the First World War and the rise of National Socialism in Germany. By Dr. Kristian Mennen Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Freie Universität Berlin Abstract This article[1] reconsiders traditional assumptions about the connection between the First World War and the rise of National Socialism in Germany, according[…]

India as a British Colony in World War I and World War II

From the largest volunteer army to the secret agent Noor Inayat Khan, examining the contributions made by South Asians in World War One and Two.      By (left-to-right) Dr. Susheila Nasta, Dr. Florian Stadtler, and Dr. Rozina Visram Nasta: Chair in Modern Literature, The Open University Stadtler: Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literatures, University of Exeter Visram: Author and Historian Introduction Asian[…]

Dictatorship and Totalitarianism in World War II

Examining the rise of Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 10.08.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Germany: Adolf Hitler The Weimar Republic The rebellion, November 1918 / German Federal Archives, Wikimedia Commons Following the complete collapse of Germany’s armed forces throughout the waning months of 1918, German generals and politicians desperately sought to[…]

Democracy and Its Discontents: Walter Lippmann and the Crisis of Politics (1919-1938)

Walter Lippmann / Public Domain The interwar period was a moment of deep crisis everywhere. By Dr. Francesco Regalzi / 04.12.2011 Professor of Political Science University of Turin The interwar period was a moment of deep crisis everywhere. The already strong shock of World War I, a conflict that involved different continents with political and[…]

World War II Carpooling Propaganda

By Rachel Quednau / 10.08.2015 Among the many propaganda campaigns executed during World War II was this one, aimed at encouraging carpooling. Using a mix of scare tactics (“When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler”), sex appeal (“Swap riding–the new way to new friendships”), and patriotism (Uncle Sam wagging his finger), the campaign encouraged[…]

World War II: Victory in the European Theater

Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin Roosevelt, and Premier Joseph Stalin / Library of Congress Franklin Roosevelt entered World War II with an eye toward a new postwar world, one where the United States would succeed Britain as the leader of Western capitalist democracies. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 08.12.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction[…]

Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini: A Trifecta of 20th-Century Tyranny

Seduction, propaganda, and ultimate power and control. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 08.05.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Benito Mussolini and Fascism in Italy (1922-1939) Mussolini in an official portrait / Wikimedia Commons Benito Mussolini, born into a poor blacksmith’s family, was so named by his radically socialist father (his mother was a devout Catholic schoolteacher)[…]

The Transformative Impact of World War II in Europe

The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 assembled the victors of the First World War, i.e. President Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924) of the United States, Prime Minister David Lloyd George (1863–1945) of Great Britain, Georges Clemenceau (1841–1929) of France, and the Italian Prime Minister Vittorio Orlando (1860–1952). Whereas Germany and Russia had not been invited, many other[…]