Dr Stefan Goebel works in the field of British and German cultural and comparative history. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge. He has held Fellowships at Churchill College, Cambridge and the Institute of Historical Research, London. Stefan Goebel’s research focuses on the experience and memory of the two world wars and on urban history.
His first book The Great War and medieval memory: war, remembrance and medievalism in Britain and Germany, 1914-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2007) is a comparative study of the impact of the Great War on British and German societies in the first half of the twentieth century. Taking public commemorations as its focus, this book unravels the search of Britons and Germans for historical continuity and meaning in the shadow of an unprecedented human catastrophe. In both countries, the survivors of the Great War pictures the conflict as the ‘Last Crusade’ and sought consolation in imagery that connected the soldiers of the age of total war with the knights of the Middle Ages.
Stefan Goebel is the co-editor of Cities into Battlefields: Metropolitan Scenarios, Experiences and Commemorations of Total War (Ashgate, 2011). He is currently working on a comparative study of Coventry and Dresden in the aftermath of the Second World War. He is also a contributor to the forthcoming Cambridge History of the First World War and The Oxford Handbook of Europe, 1914-1950.
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