Professor Paul Betts

Professor Paul Betts

BA Haverford, MA PhD Chicago
Paul Betts
Professor of Modern European History
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Professor Paul Betts joined St Antony's College as Professor of Modern European History in October 2012.  

Before that he taught at the Sussex University (2000-2012) and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1996-1999). He received his BA from Haverford College (US) in 1985, and his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1995. 

He is the author of several books and numerous articles on 20th Century German history. His most recent book, Within Walls: Private Life in the German Democratic Republic, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010, and received the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History from the Wiener Library. He is currently researching a book on comparative ideas of civilization in post-fascist Europe. 

He has also edited four essay collections: Years of Persecution, Years of Extermination: Saul Friedländer and the Future of Holocaust Studies (2010), with C. Wiese;  Between Mass Death and Individual Loss: The Place of the Dead in Twentieth-Century Germany (2008), with A. Confino and D. Schumann; Socialist Modern:  East German Everyday Culture and Politics(2008), with K. Pence; and Pain and Prosperity:  Reconsidering Twentieth Century German History (2003), with G. Eghigian.  

He was Joint Editor of German History, 2003-2009, and is currently the Chair of the German History Society. He also serves on the Editorial Board for Past & Present.