Dr Lorna Waddington

Lecturer in International History

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Summary: The Nazi State; Genocide and ethnic cleansing; Anticommunism in Europe


After living in Austria for a year I first came to the University of Leeds as an undergraduate studying Single Subject History. After my BA (Hons), First Class, I remained at Leeds to study for an MA in Modern History for which I received a distinction. Throughout both the BA and the MA I was able to study modules which fuelled my interest in Nazi Germany. I successfully applied for a British Academy research scholarship in order to take my studies to PhD level. My thesis entitled 'Confronting the "Conspiracy". Ideology, Diplomacy and Propaganda in Hitler's Crusade against International Bolshevism, 1919-1943', was successfully completed in 2004.

I began my career with a lectureship at the University of Sheffield. I was subsequently appointed as Lecturer in International History at Leeds in 2007.

Research interests

My doctoral dissertation charts the origins and development of Hitler's crusade against international Bolshevism from his earliest political activities until deep into the Second World War. My post-doctoral research has broadened its focus. Whilst continuing to research hitherto undeveloped areas of Nazi foreign policy and propaganda, I am also examining the role of ideology, foreign policy and propaganda in other genocides throughout the twentieth century.

  • The Third Reich with particular emphasis on Nazi propaganda and ideology
  • Antisemitism in Europe
  • Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing
  • Anticommunist organisations and propaganda

Teaching Areas

  • The Nazi dictatorship, 1933-1945
  • The Breakdown of Liberal Democracy in Europe, 1890-1945
  • Nazism, Stalinism and the Rise of the Total State
  • International relations, 1919-1960