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Jörg Echternkamp (born 1963) is a German military historian, who specialises in the history of Nazi Germany and World War II. He is a lecturer in modern history at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg and a research director at the Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the German Army (formerly the Military History Research Office (MGFA).[1] His is a contributor and editor of the seminal series Germany and the Second World War from the MGFA.

Jörg Echternkamp

Born1963 (age 55–56)
OccupationHistorian, author, editor
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Bielefeld
Academic work
Era20th century
InstitutionsMartin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
Military History Research Office (MGFA)
Main interestsModern European history, military history, historiography
Notable worksGermany and the Second World War

Historian of Nazi GermanyEdit

Echternkamp is contributor to two volumes of the Germany and the Second World War series. He served as the editor of volume IX/II: German Wartime Society 1939–1945: Exploitation, Interpretations, Exclusion. Reviewing the volume in the journal German History, historian Jeff Rutherford notes that it "maintains the extremely high standards set by previous volumes in the series. Each essay provides both an excellent summing up of the literature (at least until 2005) and some fresh insights based on archival research".[2] In the final volume of the series, Echternkamp deals with the aftermath of World War II, "showing how Hitler's war shaped the lives of tens of millions of people beyond the capitulation of the Wehrmacht".[3]

Echternkamp is the co-editor and the contributor to the 2007 volume of essays Die Politik der Nation: Deutscher Nationalismus in Krieg und Krisen 1760–1960 [The Politics of the Nation: German Nationalism in War and Crises 1760–196] where he explores the topic of German nationalism in the post-World War II period in both East Germany and West Germany. A review in H-Net finds this topic to be "the almost uncharted territory" and that Echternkamp finds that "the main proponents of a new national discourse were often conservative historians who had already been professionally active prior to the Nazi regime". Overall, the goal of editors was to investigate how the abstract notion of a "nation" was evidenced in real-world political aims and programs over the two centuries of German history.[4]


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In GermanEdit

  • Der Aufstieg des deutschen Nationalismus 1770–1840. Campus Verlag, Frankfurt a.M. 1998, ISBN 3-593-35960-X.
  • Kriegsschauplatz Deutschland 1945. Leben in Angst. Hoffnung auf Frieden. Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn 2006, ISBN 3-506-72892-X.
  • Die 101 wichtigsten Fragen: Der Zweite Weltkrieg. C.H. Beck, München 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-59314-7 (chin. Taiwan 2012)
  • Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1945/49-1969. (= Seminarbuch Geschichte). Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag / UTB, Paderborn 2013, ISBN 978-3-8252-3724-0.
  • Soldaten im Nachkrieg. Historische Deutungskonflikte und westdeutsche Demokratisierung 1945-1955, De Gruyter Oldenbourg Verlag, München 2014, ISBN 978-3-11-035122-4.


  1. ^ MGFA Profile
  2. ^ Rutherford, Jeff (2015). "Review: Germany and the Second World War, volume IX/II: German Wartime Society 1939–1945: Exploitation, Interpretations, Exclusion". German History. Oxford University Press. 33 (1): 162−164.
  3. ^ Kellerhoff, Sven Felix (2008). "Die Deutschen und das Ende des Weltkriegs" [The Germans and the End of World War II]. Die Welt. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Huether, Andreas (2007). "Review: Jörg Echternkamp, Sven Oliver Müller, eds. Die Politik der Nation: Deutscher Nationalismus in Krieg und Krisen 1760-1960". H-Net. Retrieved December 22, 2016.

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