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Dr Helen Roche

Dr  Helen Roche

Affiliated Lecturer in History, Faculty of History


Biography:

Dr. Helen Roche is an Affiliated Lecturer in History at the Faculty of History.

Her first book, Sparta's German Children: The ideal of ancient Sparta in the Royal Prussian Cadet Corps, 1818-1920, and in National Socialist elite schools (the Napolas), 1933-1945, was published in 2013, and has subsequently received critical acclaim from reviewers in several disciplines, including Classics, intellectual history, and the history of education. Her second book, a comprehensive history of the Napolas, the Third Reich's most prominent elite schools, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press, while her article 'Surviving Stunde Null: Narrating the fate of Nazi elite-school pupils during the collapse of the Third Reich', was awarded German History journal's "Best Article of 2015" prize.

Previously, Helen held a Research Fellowship and then a full Fellowship at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, having completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Gonville & Caius College. Her research has been funded by (among others) the AHRC, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz; she has also held the position of visiting scholar at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and the Freie Universität Berlin.

Current collaborations include a project on 'Gewalt and Herrschaft from the Kaiserreich to the Berlin Republic', funded by the Cambridge DAAD-Research Hub, and contributions to an investigation of the Klosterkammer Hannover under National Socialism, run by Professor Dr. Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann at the Leibniz Universität Hannover's Institut für Didaktik der Demokratie, and funded by the Volkswagen-Stiftung.

Planned future projects include a synoptic study of fascism in interwar Europe, a comprehensive survey of Classics and secondary education during the Third Reich, in collaboration with colleagues at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung, and a historical survey of Greco-German relations, including the philhellenist roots of current antagonisms over the financial crisis in the Eurozone.


Subject groups/Research projects

Modern European History:

Research Interests

  • German history from the nineteenth century onwards; National Socialism; Fascism
  • Austrian history during the inter-war period; comparative fascism studies
  • History of childhood and history of education, especially German elite education
  • Youth exchange during the twentieth century; Anglo-German relations
  • History and memory in post-war Germany
  • Classical reception in general, and German philhellenism in particular
  • Greco-German relations from the eighteenth century to the present
  • Humanistic education in Nazi Germany
  • Historical and historiographical work on elements of ancient Greek history

Research Supervision

PhD Dissertations

  • 'The Role of Foreign Diplomats in Vienna during the 1930s' (currently in progress)

MPhil Dissertations

  • 'The Impact of the TV Series Holocaust on West German Memory Culture, 1978-83'.
  • 'The SS-Kalender and the Dilemmas of Propagandizing the Volksgemeinschaft, 1938-1944'.
  • 'The Representation of Female Perpetrators of the Holocaust in British Newspapers, 1945-Present'.
  • 'Dictates of Style: The Influence of the Istituto di Studi Romani and Reichskulturkammer on the Classically-Inflected Built Environments of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, 1919-1939' (currently in progress).

BA Dissertations

  • Faculty of Classics Part II Dissertation: 'Lion Feuchtwanger: A Study in the Reception of Josephus' (Class I).

Teaching

MPhil in Modern European History

Historical Tripos:

  • Part I, Themes and Sources (German option) - Politics of Memory in Germany after 1945
  • Part I, Paper 18: Key themes in modern European history
  • Parts I and II: Historical Argument and Practice

Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos:

  • Part II, Paper GE12: History and identity in Germany, 1750 to the present

Human, Social and Political Sciences Tripos:

  • Part I, Paper 1: Analysis of Politics I

Classical Tripos:

  • Part II, Paper X1: Being Human - Ancient and Modern Perspectives
  • Part II: Thesis Supervision
  • Parts I and II: Ancient History

Other Professional Activities

From 2011-2013, Helen chaired the Classics Faculty’s interdisciplinary ‘Classical Reception Discussion Group’ series of seminars and colloquia; she is currently the university's institutional member of the Classical Reception Studies Network (CRSN), and is also a member of the German History Society, the Cambridge New Habsburg Studies Network, the Legacy of Greek Political Thought Network, and the newly-founded Children's History Society. She was also a long-standing member of Professor Sir Richard Evans' Modern German History Research Seminar, and is now one of the co-conveners of the Cambridge Modern European History Research Seminar.

Key Publications

 

Books

 

Articles

Forthcoming:

Other Publications

Reviewer for (among others) The English Historical Review, German History, German Quarterly, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Modern Language Review, Reviews in History, and The Classical Review, and contributor to History Today.