Patrick Bernhard

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Dr Patrick Bernhard is a Lecturer in Modern European history at UCD. Dr Bernhard’s work covers a broad range of topics, ranging from European fascism to colonialism, from war and genocide to peace movements and Cold War cultures. He is particularly interested in transnational approaches to European and global history and seeks to capture cross-cultural learning processes between different political systems and regimes, but also the ways in which ordinary people experienced and made sense of these entanglements.

Dr Bernhard is currently writing a major study on population management by the members of World War II’s Axis alliance. Framed in a transnational context, the project explores the various ways of social engineering in which the two major fascist regimes, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, tried to create new racist societies both at home and in their newly conquered territories.

Dr Bernhard completed his MA and his doctorate in Munich and has since lectured or held fellowships at the Université de Montréal, the Freiburg Institute for Advances Studies, the German Historical Institute in Rome, the Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico in Trento and, most recently, at Trinity College Dublin. He was recently awarded a Cummings Foundation Fellowship and will spend the autumn semester of 2014 at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at USHMM in Washington, D.C.


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