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Michael Burleigh (born 1955) is a British author and historian.
In 1977 he was awarded a first class honours degree in Medieval and Modern History from University College London, winning the Pollard, Dolley and Sir William Mayer prizes. After a Ph.D in medieval history in 1982, he went on to hold posts at New College, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and University of Cardiff where he was Distinguished Research Professor in Modern History. He has also been Raoul Wallenberg Chair of Human Rights at Rutgers University, William Rand Kenan Professor of History at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, and Kratter Visiting Professor at Stanford University. In 2002 he gave the three Cardinal Basil Hume Memorial Lectures at Heythrop College, University of London. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He founded the journal Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions and is on the editorial boards of Totalitarismus und Demokratie and Ethnic and Racial Studies.
His books have been translated into Czech, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Spanish.
He has also been active in bringing history to television audiences. In 1991 he won the British Film Institute Award for Archival Achievement for the Channel 4/Domino Films documentary Selling Murder: The Killing Films of the Third Reich and a 1993 New York Film and Television Festival Award Bronze Medal for Heil Herbie: The Story of the Volkswagen Beetle (Channel 4/Domino Films).
Michael Burleigh serves on the advisory board of the new magazine Standpoint and is a regular contributor.
He has been married since 1991 to Linden Burleigh and they live in South East London.
Michael Burleigh's books include
- Moral Combat: A History of World War II (Harper Press 2010) ISBN 978-0-00-719576-3
- Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism (Pan Macmillan 18 Feb 2008)
- Sacred Causes: Religion and Politics from the European Dictators to Al Qaeda (HarperCollins 2 October 2006) ISBN 978-0-00-719574-9
- Earthly Powers: Religion and Politics in Europe from the French Revolution to the Great War (HarperCollins 3 October 2005) ISBN 0-00-719572-9
- The Third Reich: A New History (Pan Macmillan 8 September 2000) which won the 2001 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction;
- Ethics and Extermination: Reflections on Nazi Genocide (Cambridge University Press 1997);
- The Rolling Man: An investigation of wasted time - with C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press 5 November 1996);
- Confronting the Nazi Past (St Martin's Press 1995);
- Death and Deliverance: Euthanasia in Germany 1900-1945 (originally 1994 Pan Macmillan 2002);
- The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945 - with Wolfgang Wippermann (Cambridge University Press 7 November 1991);
- Germany Turns Eastwards: A Study of Ostforschung in the Third Reich (originally 28 October 1988 Pan Macmillan 2002);
- Prussian Society and the German Order (Cambridge University Press 1984);
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