Contextualising the Holocaust: Modernisation/Modernity and Colonialism/Imperialism

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Date(s) - 11/10/2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

S110, Lvl 1, Menzies Building

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Friday 11 October 12-1pm,  Room S110, Level One South, Building 11, Clayton campus
Professor Christopher Browning’s paper revisits various attempts to situate the Holocaust within the context of modernisation/modernity on the one hand and colonialism/imperialism on the other.  It attempts to assess how such approaches contribute or not in answering three basic questions about the Holocaust:  why the Jews, why the Germans, and why in the 20th century? 

Christopher Browning is the author of eight books on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, including Ordinary Men, his groundbreaking study of the transformation of ordinary civilians into mass murderers. He has been an expert witness at various trials of accused Nazi criminals in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as in the “Holocaust denial” trials of Ernst Zündel in Toronto (1988) and Irving v. Lipstadt in London (2000). Christopher Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.