Unit Of Assessment
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The German research group in the University contains staff
who have attained eminence in their research areas and have
worked together for more than ten years. The research expertise
of the group is primarily in modern German history, though
one colleague also has significant publications in the area
of German literature and culture. Staff also have a strong
interest in the study of contemporary German society and politics.
Recent staff research
A biography of the Austrian Celticist, Julius Pokorny; refugees
and expellees in post-War Germany; German Evangelicalism;
Americanization of the Holocaust; Irish Presbyterian missionary
work to the Jews of Hamburg; Nazi Historiography and the Partition
of Ireland; German-Israeli relations; and German-Jewish writers
such as Jurek Becker, Erich Fried and Lion Feuchtwanger.
In recent years PhD theses in the area have been completed
on the German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger and on British
Military Government and the Churches after the Second World
War, while another student is currently completing a thesis
on Austrian minority politics.
Research supervision is available in the following areas:
German history, politics and society since 1945; German Protestantism;
German-Jewish Literature and History; the German involvement
in Celtic Studies.
Research facilities include a library strong in post-1945
German history and politics. The library makes full use of
the internet for database searching. All research students,
i.e. those registered for MPhil and PhD degrees, are members
of the Faculty of Arts Research Graduate School, which provides
research training, including training in the acquisition of
computer skills. Postgraduate rooms with computers and study
facilities are available for students on the three campuses
of the University on which Faculty staff are based.
Staff and research areas:
Dr Ian Connor
German history since 1945, especially refugees and expellees
in post-War Germany.
German-Jewish Literature and History; Anti-Semitism; The German
involvement in Celtic Studies; German literature since 1945.
Dr Nick Railton
German Protestantism; Protestantism in Ireland and Scotland.