I am Professor of Modern European History at the University of Southampton, G.B., where I have worked since 1994.   My research has ranged widely over the business, social, and cultural history of the twentieth century; at its core is the project of thinking through the place of the Third Reich in the longer history of Germany and Europe’s twentieth century and, in particular, of embedding histories of the Holocaust in wider narratives of modern German and European history.  My most recent project focusses on the cultural history of art music in C20th Germany.  This has led to a book collaboration with musicologist Thomas Irvine (2019) and I have also been writing a book on the institution of the symphony concert in Nazi Germany.

Other Publications

Selected Articles:

‘Big Business and the Blitzkriegswirtschaft: Daimler-Benz AG and the Mobilisation of the German War Economy, 1939-1942’ in: Contemporary European History 6,2 (1997) 193-208. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0960777300004525

‘A Schicksalsgemeinschaft?   Allied Bombing, Civilian Morale, and Social Dissolution in Nuremberg, 1942-1945’ in: Historical Journal 43,4 (2000), 1051-1070. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3020879

‘The Illusion of Remembrance: The Karl Diehl Affair and the Memory of Nazism in Nuremberg’, in: Journal of Modern History 75,3 (2003), 590-633. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/380239

‘“Is He Alive, or Long Since Dead?” Loss, Absence and Remembrance in Nuremberg, 1945-1956’ in: German History 21,2 (2003), 183-203. https://doi.org/10.1191/0266355403gh280oa

“Politics, Culture, Political Culture: Recent Work on the Third Reich and its aftermath” in: Journal of Modern History 78,3 (2006), 643-683. https://doi.org/10.1086/509150

‘Beethoven, Bayreuth, and the Origins of the Federal Republic of Germany’, English Historical Review 521 (August 2011), 835-877.  https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cer200

‘History to Order? Commissioned Research, Contained Pluralism and the Limits of Criticism’, Zeitgeschichte-Online (Zentrum f. Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam)(2012) (http://www.zeitgeschichte-online.de/themen/history-order)

‘Music, Memory, Emotion: Richard Strauss and the Legacies of War’, Music & Letters, 96,1 (2015), 55-76. https://doi.org/10.1093/ml/gcu110

‘Why does Music Matter?’, German History 34, 1 ( 2016), 113-130. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerhis/ghv144

‘Die Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus und der Cultural-Historical Turn’, Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 65, 2 (2017), 229-241 https://doi.org/10.1515/vfzg-2017-0013

‘Siegmund von Hausegger, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Civic Musical Culture in the Third Reich’, German History, published online 14 November 2017 (forthcoming, 2018). https://doi.org/10.1093/gerhis/ghx089


Neil Gregor, Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998)

Neil Gregor, How to Read Hitler (London: Granta / New York: W.W. Norton, 2005; 2nd edn., 2014)

Neil Gregor, Haunted City: Nuremberg and the Nazi Past (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008)

Edited Collections:

Neil Gregor (ed), Nazism. A Reader (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Neil Gregor (ed), Nazism, War and Genocide. Essays in Honour of Jeremy Noakes (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2005; 2nd Edn. 2008)

Neil Gregor, Nils Roemer, Mark Roseman (eds), German History from the Margins (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006)

Neil Gregor and Thomas Irvine (eds), Dreams of Germany. Musical Imaginaries from the Concert Hall to the Dance Floor (New York: Berghahn, 2019)



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