V Martyn Housden

V Martyn Housden
Lecturer in History
Cobden Building, Room 32
tel: 01274-233808; fax: 01274-235550


The main focus of Dr Housden's research remains the German occupation of Eastern Europe 1939-45. Funding for visits to archives in Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich and Koblenz has been provided by the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation and the University of Bradford. With the primary research process almost complete, he is about to start writing the biography of Hans Frank, the Governor General of southern Poland during the Second World War, hanged at Nuremberg in 1946 as a major war criminal. Frank's career gives us good insights into the origins of genocide, the character of population resettlement initiatives, the functioning of the German war economy and the psychological make-up of a typical National Socialist satrap.

A further research interest remains the history of security issues in the Baltic area. The British Council is funding a related research project headed by Professor John Hiden, with whom Dr Housden visited the Baltic Historical Commission in Gottingen during December 1996. He is particularly interested in the security implications of population policies implemented by Germany and Russia in the Baltic States 1939-45.

At another level, he writes for and lectures to both student and lay audiences. His most recent book is Resistance and Conformity in the Third Reich (London: Routledge. 1997) and he has a contract for a title Hitler: Biography of a Revolutionary? to be produced for the same publisher by the end of 1998. On a regular basis he writes short articles for magazines such as Modern History Review and lectures to sixth form audiences.

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Resistance and Conformity in the Third Reich. London: Routledge. 1997.

'Security Policing: a 'Successful' Investigation from the Government General', German History 14 (1996) 209-216.

'Population, Economics and Genocide: Aly and Heim versus All-Comers in the Interpretation of the Holocaust', Historical Journal 38 (1995) pp 479-86.

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