The Prize Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Winner of Winners Award
19 January 2023
In this riveting book, Michael Burleigh sets Nazi Germany in a European context, showing how the Third Reich's abandonment of liberal democracy, decency and tolerance was widespread in the Europe of the period. He shows how a radical, pseudo-religious movement, led by an oddity with dazzling demagogic talents, seemed to offer salvation to a German exhausted by war, depression and galloping inflation.
What the judges said
“Here was something both urgent and magisterial and a book that as judges we wanted to read and recommend. It is a work of authentic historical genius”
Michael Burleigh is a British author and historian. He was educated at University College London, winning the Pollard, Dolley and Sir William Mayer prizes. After a Ph.D in medieval history in 1982, he went on to hold posts at New College, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and University of Cardiff where he was Distinguished Research Professor in Modern History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and his books have been translated into 13 languages. He has been married since 1991 to Linden Burleigh and currently resides in South East London.