Ian Kershaw

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Sir Ian Kershaw (born 29 April 1943) is a British liberal historian whose work has chiefly focused on the social history of 20th-century Germany. He is regarded by the mainstream media as one of the world's leading experts on Adolf Hitler and "Nazi Germany".

He was the leading disciple of the German historian Martin Broszat, and until his retirement, he was a professor at the University of Sheffield. Kershaw has called Broszat an "inspirational mentor" who did much to shape his understanding of National Socialist Germany.

Kershaw served as historical adviser on numerous BBC documentaries, notably The Nazis: A Warning from History and War of the Century. He taught a module titled "Germans against Hitler".

On Brexit

Kershaw believes that: "Brexit would be the greatest act of national self-harm in postwar history" and that nationalism should be resisted.[1]


Many people do not see the benefits the EU brings to people.
—Ian Kershaw[2]