Professor Anthony McElligott, MRIA, FRHistS

Professor Anthony McElligott, MRIA, FRHistS
Head of Department
Professor of History
Room: C1092

Research Interests:  Germany in the twentieth century, including urban politics, cultural history, Holocaust

Before coming to Ireland, I taught for many years at the University of St. Andrews, and also have been a visiting professor in the universities of Hamburg and Michigan, Ann Arbor. I came to the University of Limerick as founding Professor of History in March 2002, where I am also currently Director of the Centre for Historical Research. With Alexandra Shepherd (Glasgow), I am founding editor of Cultural and Social History: The Journal of the Social History Society, launched in 2004. I now sit on its editorial board. In 2013, I had the honour of being invited to Taiwan as  Visiting Distinguished Scholar where I had the opportunity to meet equally distinguished Taiwanese scholars.I shall be Visiting Professor at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies during the academic session 2015/16.   


My teaching and research interests are in the social, cultural and political history of Germany and Europe in the twentieth century.  I have authored many articles in various collections and scholarly journals over three decades, and have written several books, including Contested City: Municipal Politics and the Rise of Nazism in Altona, 1917-1937 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998), The German Urban Experience 1900-1945, Modernity and Crisis (London: Routledge, 2001), Useful Bodies, Humans in the Service of Medical Science in the Twentieth Century, editor with Jordan Goodman and Lara Marks, (Baltimore and London, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), and with Tim Kirk (eds.), 'Working Towards The Führer': Essays in Honour of Sir Ian Kershaw (Manchester University Press, 2003); editor, Weimar Germany (=Short Oxford History of Germany (Oxford University Press, 2008). My most recent book Rethinking the Weimar Republic, Authority and Authoritarianism 1916-1936, was published in January 2014 by Bloomsbury Academic. I am now researching a monograph on the Holocaust in the Eastern Aegean, which will also be published by Bloomsbury. My future publishing projects include a study of murder in Munich during the 1930s and a biography of Himmler’s chief statistician, Richard Korherr. 

Listen to: ‘Kristallnacht’: Pogrom or Path to Genocide? (Public lecture Holocaust Education Trust in association with the Herzog Centre, Trinity College Dublin)

'Kristallnacht': Pogram or Path to Genocide

Recently completed PhD theses:

David Meeres, ‘Policing ‘wayward’ youth: law, society and youth criminality in Berlin, 1939-1953’ (2014)
Julia Balla, ‘Between Triumph and Resistance: Dr. Dénes Csánky and Hungarian cultural policy during the Second World War’ (2015)