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Volker Prott

Volker Prott is a historian of modern European history and international history of the 19th and 20th centuries. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2013. Before joining the University of Melbourne, Volker was a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.His primary fields of study are Franco-German history, the history of the First World War and the Interwar Period, as well as Cold War history. In particular, his work explores the historical dynamics of nationalism, ethnic violence, expertise, and political decision-making. Volker has a strong interest in comparative and transnational approaches as well as in the use of social science theories in history.

Articles by Volker Prott (1)

  • Shouting 'Fascist!': A historical perspective on Trump, Farage, Putin et al

    If we believe a growing number of political commentators, we are currently witnessing the rebirth of fascism. Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Marine le Pen, Nigel Farage – they have all been compared to the likes of Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini and even Adolf Hitler. Closer scrutiny quickly reveals major differences between these present-day figures and fascism as a historical movement, as leading historian of fascism Robert Paxton and others have rightly pointed out.