The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Professor David Welch
Professor of Modern History
History (Rutherford N4.W1)
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David Welch is a historian who specialises in twentieth century political propaganda.
David Welch studied for his doctorate at the London School of Economics under James Joll. After temporary appointments at the LSE and the American University College London, he joined the University of Westminster where he became Director of the BA Social Science Degree. In 1992, he was appointed Professor of Modern European History (later changed to Modern History) at the University of Kent. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society, which he set up at Kent in 1995.
His main research interest is in twentieth century political propaganda. His work previous to this has been in the area of late nineteenth and twentieth century German history, focusing on the relationship between public opinion, politics, and propaganda in German society. His publications include Germany: Propaganda & Total War 1914-18 (Rutgers University Press, 2000), The Third Reich: Politics, and Propaganda (Routledge, revised second edition, 2002), Hitler: Profile of a Dictator (Routledge, 2001), Propaganda and the German Cinema, 1933-1945 (I.B.Tauris, 2001), and Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia from 1500 to the Present [with D. Culbert and N. Cull] (ABC Clio, 2003), Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and the Modern Age [with Jo Fox] (Palgrave, 2012).
He is currently writing a major history of propaganda in the twentieth century and (together with his colleague Ulf Schmidt) a Holocaust Reader. He is General Editor of Routledge's Sources in History series. David Welch is interested in supervising research students who wish to work in any area of propaganda.
At undergraduate level he has taught courses on nineteenth and twentieth century Europe, cinema and society, life in the Third Reich and the Cold War. He also convenes and teaches a course on war and the media on the taught MA programme ‘War, Media and Modernity’.
David Welch is an enthusiastic Spurs supporter and it is his ambition to see Tottenham win a trophy. David is the eternal optimist!back to top
- [ed.] Propaganda, Power and Persuasion: From the First World War to WikiLeaks (I.B.Tauris, forthcoming 2013)
- [ed. with Jo Fox] Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and War in the Modern Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
- [ed. with Roel Vande Winkel] Cinema and the Swastika: The International Expansion of the Third Reich Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Winner of the Willy Haas Prize [Hamburg] for best book on the history of German film industry (2008)
- [ed. with M. Connelly] War and the Media: The Changing Context of Reportage and Propaganda, 1900-2003, (I.B.Tauris, 2005)
- [with D. Culbert and N. Cull] Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia from 1500 to the Present, (ABC Clio, 2003)
- The Third Reich: Politics, and Propaganda, (Routledge, revised second edition, 2002)
- Propaganda and the German Cinema, 1933-1945, (I.B.Tauris, 2001)
- The Hitler Conspiracies, Allan/Brasseys, 2001.
- Hitler: Profile of a Dictator, (Routledge, 2001)
- Germany: Propaganda & Total War 1914-18, (Rutgers University Press, 2000) - ISBN 0-485-00407-0, 355pp
- Modern European History 1871-2000, (Routledge, 2000) - ISBN 0-415-21582, pp. 263
Chapters in Books
- ‘"Images of the Hun"; British Propaganda and Anti-German Propaganda in World War I’ in D. Welch [ed]. Propaganda, Power and Persuasion: From the First World War to WikiLeaks (I.B.Tauris, forthcoming 2013)
- ‘The Outbreak of World War One and the ‘Big Ideas’ of 1914’, in Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and War in the Modern Age. Editor with Joanne Fox (Palgrave, 2012)
- The Military, The Media and the Propaganda War in Northern Ireland’, in P. Dennis & J. Grey (eds), The Military, the Media and Information Warfare (AMHP, ISBN 978-0-9805674-6-5, 2009), pp. 158-173.
- Représentations de L’ennemi et Films de propagande durant la Première et la Seconds Guerre Mondiales’, in : Philippe Kaenel, François Vallotton (eds.), Les images en Guerre 1914-1945 : De la Suisse à l’Europe, (Lausanne, Antipodes, 2008) pp. 109-122.
- ‘Europe’s New Hollywood? The German Film Industry Under Nazi Rule, 1933-45’, in Vande Winkel & Welch (eds), Cinema and the Swastika: The International Expansion of the Third Reich Cinema (Palgrave, 2007), pp. 6-25.
- Entry on 'Propaganda' in New Dictionary of the History of ideas, (Scribner's, 2005) pp 1916-1923.
- 'Austerlitz ou Waterloo? Un Art Propagandiste, vu sous perspective Britannique' in C. Constans & L. Gervereau (eds), Le grand album de la France. Toutes les salles mythiques du musée d'histroire de France construit par Louis-Philippe (Laffont, 2005)
- '"The August Experience": Public Opinion and the Crisis of 1914' in G. Martel (ed) A Companion to European History, 1900-1945 (Blackwell, 2005, revised paperback edition 2010)
- 'Winning Hearts and Minds: The Changing Context of Reportage and Propaganda, 1900-2003' (Introduction) and chapter on 'Mobilizing the Masses: The Organization of German Propaganda in World War I' in Connelly & Welch War and the Media: The Changing Context of Reportage and Propaganda, 1900-2003 (I.B.Tauris, 2005)
- 'Working Towards the Führer: Charismatic Leadership and the Image of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Propaganda' in A. McElligott & T. Kirk (eds), Working Towards the Führer. Essays in Honour of Sir Ian Kershaw (Manchester University Press, ISBN 0719067324, 2004, pp. 93-117)
- Napoleon and Nelson, Painting, Propaganda and Patriotism in the Napoleonic Era. (History Today, July 2005)
- 'Nazi Propaganda and the Volksgemeinschaft: Constructing a People's Community', Journal of Contemporary History Vol 39, 2 (2004), pp. 213-238
- 'Hitler and the Führer State', New Perspective Vol 9 (December, 2003), pp. 28-32
- 'Hitler's History Films', History Today Vol 52 (December, 2002), pp. 20-25
- General Editor of Routledge Sources in History: A. McElligott, The German Urban Experience 1900-1945. Modernity and Crisis (2001): G. Esenwein, The Spanish Civil War (2005)
- 'The Third Reich and Propaganda', BBC History Online Gallery(2003)
- A History of Twentieth Century Propaganda
- Holocaust Reader (with Prof Ulf Schmidt)
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- Co-organising (with Ulf Schmidt and James Peto) War of Nerves. Medicine During the Cold War (Public Exhibition and catalogue funded by the Wellcome Trust, and to be exhibit at the Wellcome Institute 2012)
- Series Consultant: CBC (Canada) Love, Hate and Propaganda: The Cold War (4 one hour television programmes broadcast in March/April 2011)
- Series Consultant: CBC (Canada) Love, Hate and Propaganda: Selling World War II (6 one hour television programmes broadcast in March/April 2010)
- Founder member of ECOWAST (European Cooperation on Contemporary War Studies, 2009)
- Consultant historian for the United States Holocaust Museum (Washington, D.C.) exhibition on ‘Propaganda in the 20th Century and the Holocaust’ (2009)
- Consultant Historian: Discovery Channel (USA) Hitler’s Blood Oath (2009)
- Consultant Historian: BBC4 Edwardians in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Khan (2007)
- Consultant Historian: Channel 4 Anatomy of Disgust (2000)
Professor Welch is on research leave for the duration of the 2012-2013 academic year.back to top