Churchill History Lecture Series: Fascism and the Classics: Appropriations of Antiquity in Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany – Helen Roche

08 Feb 2018
Location: Jock Colville Hall
Start time: 17:30
End time: 19:00

Dr. Helen Roche is an Affiliated Lecturer in History, and Director of Studies in History at St Edmund's College.

Helen Roche

Her first book, Sparta's German Children: The ideal of ancient Sparta in the Royal Prussian Cadet Corps, 1818-1920, and in National Socialist elite schools (the Napolas), 1933-1945, was published in 2013, and has subsequently received critical acclaim from reviewers in several disciplines, including Classics, intellectual history, and the history of education. Her second book, a comprehensive history of the Napolas, the Third Reich's most prominent elite schools, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press, while her article 'Surviving Stunde Null: Narrating the fate of Nazi elite-school pupils during the collapse of the Third Reich', was awarded German History  journal's "Best Article of 2015" prize. 

Previously, Helen held a Research Fellowship and then a full Fellowship at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, having completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Gonville & Caius College. Her research has been funded by (among others) the AHRC, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz; she has also held the position of visiting scholar at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and the Freie Universität Berlin.

Current collaborations include a project on 'Gewalt and Herrschaft from the Kaiserreich to the Berlin Republic', funded by the Cambridge DAAD-Research Hub, and contributions to an investigation of the Klosterkammer Hannover under National Socialism, run by Professor Dr. Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann at the Leibniz Universität Hannover's Institut für Didaktik der Demokratie, and funded by the Volkswagen-Stiftung.

Planned future projects include a synoptic study of fascism in interwar Europe, a comprehensive survey of Classics and secondary education during the Third Reich, in collaboration with colleagues at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung, and a historical survey of Greco-German relations, including the philhellenist roots of current antagonisms over the financial crisis in the Eurozone.


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