Dr Marcel Thomas


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I am a historian of modern Germany with a particular interest in rural and urban life, oral history, memory and sensory methodologies. My monograph Local Lives, Parallel Histories: Villagers and Everyday Life in the Divided Germany (forthcoming with Oxford University Press in spring 2020) is the first comparative study of how East and West German villagers experienced and navigated social change in their localities in the postwar era. I have previously published in the Journal of Urban History and the European Review of History, and I am the co-editor of The GDR Today: New Interdisciplinary Approaches to East German History, Memory and Culture (2018). For my new project, a sensory history of construction work in West Germany, I am exploring an innovative sensory methodology to offer a fresh perspective on value change in European postwar societies.

In the History Department, I teach a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on modern European history, including 'Crisis and Prosperity in Twentieth-Century Europe' and 'Landscapes of Modernity: Cities and Urban Culture in Historical Perspective'. Before coming to Manchester, I taught at the University of Bristol and at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

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