David Welch is Emeritus Professor of Modern History and Honorary Director of the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society, at the University of Kent. His research interest is in modern and contemporary political propaganda.
David 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 was 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 20th-century political propaganda. His work previous to this has been in the area of late 19th- and 20th- 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), Germany and Propaganda in World War I. Pacificism, Mobilization and Total War (I.B. Tauris, 2014). He is General Editor of Routledge's Sources in History series.
In 2013, he co-curated the exhibition on propaganda and persuasion at the British Library and authored the book that accompanied the exhibition, Propaganda. Power and Persuasion (British Library/Chicago University Press, 2013). His latest book is Persuading the People. British Propaganda in World War II (British Library, 2016) and in 2017 ABC Clio will be publishing World War II Propaganda. Analysing the Art of Persuasion during Wartime. He is currently working on a companion volume for the British Library on propaganda during the Cold War and curating 'The War of Nerves. An Exhibition on The Psychological Landscape of the Cold War' for the Wellcome Trust and the Wende Museum (LA).