The Holocaust in a Wider European History of Violence – Public Lecture by Donald Bloxham

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Date(s) - 28/07/2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

H1.16 Ground Floor, Building H Monash Caulfield Campus


The Holocaust in a Wider European History of Violence

Public Lecture by Professor Donald Bloxham

Thursday 28 July, 7.30pm

H1.16 Ground Floor, H Bldg,
Monash Caulfield Campus

genocide bookcoverThis lecture will consider ‘ethnic cleansing’ and genocide in Europe from the late nineteenth century through to the end of the Second World War. It treats the murder of European Jewry as a culmination of a number of violent tendencies in a continent shaped by the traumas of modernisation and successive wars and characterised by the novel reinterpretation of older cultural phobias. By the same token it suggests that the Holocaust cannot be separated from those wider developments. Bloxham tries to go beyond a comparative study of different episodes of mass violence to an examination of the connection between those episodes. In the process, he depicts the Holocaust as a thoroughly European crime, not just in terms of its pan-continental extent, but also in terms of the ideologies and agents that contributed to it.    

Bloxham pic hrDonald Bloxham is Richard Pares Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh. He has written widely on genocide, and is co-editor of the Oxford University monograph series Zones of Violence. In 2007-8 he was Shapiro senior (invited) scholar-in-residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Professor Bloxham will be at Monash as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the Global Conflict and Violence Focus Program, SOPHIS.


Admission free; no prior bookings