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Michael Burleigh

Michael Burleigh (Born 3 April 1955) is a British author and historian.


In 1977 he was awarded a first class honours degree in Medieval and Modern History from University College London, winning the Pollard, Dolley and Sir William Mayer prizes. After a Ph.D in medieval history in 1982, he went on to hold posts at New College, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and University of Cardiff where he was Distinguished Research Professor in Modern History.[1] He has also been Professor of History at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, and Kratter Visiting Professor at Stanford University In 2002 he gave the three Cardinal Basil Hume Memorial Lectures at Heythrop College, University of London. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He founded the journal Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions and is on the editorial boards of Totalitarismus und Demokratie and Ethnic and Racial Studies.

His books have been translated into Czech, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Spanish.[1]

He has also been active in bringing history to television audiences. In 1991 he won the British Film Institute Award for Archival Achievement for the Channel 4/Domino Films documentary Selling Murder: The Killing Films of the Third Reich and a 1993 New York Film and Television Festival Award Bronze Medal for Heil Herbie: The Story of the Volkswagen Beetle (Channel 4/Domino Films).[1]

Michael Burleigh serves on the advisory board of the magazine Standpoint and is a regular contributor.[2] He won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non Fiction in 2001 (the Third Reich: A New History) and the Nonino International Master of His Time Prize in 2012. His Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945–65 was also long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2013. He writes regularly for the Times, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph.

He has been married since 1991 to Linden Burleigh and they live in South East London.[1]


Michael Burleigh's books include:

  • "Small Wars, Faraway Places: the Genesis of the Modern World 1945–65" (Pan Macmillan, Viking Penguin)
  • Moral Combat: A History of World War II (Harper Press 2010) ISBN 978-0-00-719576-3
  • Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism (Harper Collins 2008), described by Roger Scruton as "magisterial"[3]
  • Sacred Causes: Religion and Politics from the European Dictators to Al Qaeda (HarperCollins 2006) ISBN 978-0-00-719574-9
  • Earthly Powers: Religion and Politics in Europe from the French Revolution to the Great War (HarperCollins 2005) ISBN 0-00-719572-9
  • The Third Reich: A New History (Pan Macmillan 2000) which won the 2001 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
  • Ethics and Extermination: Reflections on Nazi Genocide (Cambridge University Press 1997)
  • Confronting the Nazi Past (St Martin's Press 1995)
  • Death and Deliverance: Euthanasia in Germany 1900–1945 (originally 1994; Pan Macmillan 2002)
  • The Racial State: Germany 1933–1945 – with Wolfgang Wippermann (Cambridge University Press 1991)
  • Germany Turns Eastwards: A Study of Ostforschung in the Third Reich (originally 1988; Pan Macmillan 2002);
  • Prussian Society and the German Order (Cambridge University Press 1984)

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d "Curriculum Vitae". Michael Burleigh. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Living History". Standpoint Magazine. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Scruton, Roger (Winter 2009). "Forgiveness and Irony". City Journal. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Biography and commentaries at
  • Articles by Michael Burleigh on the 5th Estate blog
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