Alex Burkhardt was born in the north west of the United Kingdom in 1983 to a German father and English mother. His grandfather, Hans, had been a German prisoner of war interned at Preston who decided to remain in the UK after 1945.
It was perhaps inevitable, then, that he would go on to study history and specialise in 20th century Germany. In 2013, he won one of the University of St. Andrews' prestigious 600th anniversary scholarships to write his PhD on the rise of the Nazis in the small Bavarian town of Hof – the town where his Grandfather was born.
This thesis eventually became his first book, Democrats into Nazis: Middle Class Radicalisation in a Single German Town, 1918-1924. The study examines, through a targeted case study, how millions of middle-class Germans came to support extreme nationalist and anti-democratic groups during the Weimar Republic. It is a detailed and disturbing assessment into the rise of the Nazis and the processes of popular radicalisation and is essential reading for students and scholars of modern history.
Alex is currently an early career researcher who teaches History and International Relations at the University of Marburg, Germany. His work has appeared in both English and German in a range of publications, including Central European History, German History, the Weimarer Schriften zur Republik, and the German Historical Institute London Bulletin.
Alex relates his experience of working with Cambridge Scholars:
"I was looking for the most timely and efficient way to get my book published, because I've had some bad experiences with other publishers dragging the review process out for months and being unresponsive to my attempts to contact them. Cambridge Scholars were the opposite; all of their staff responded promptly to emails and guided me carefully through the process, which they completed rigorously but with impressive alacrity.
They also proved themselves to be very flexible, delaying publication when I requested extra time to put together an index. Overall, I was happy with the process and pleased with the result. Early career researchers in particular should take a very close look at them."
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