Gerd R. Ueberschär (born 18 August 1943) is a German military historian who specialises in the history of Nazi Germany and World War II. He is one of the leading contributors to the series Germany and the Second World War and, together with Rolf-Dieter Müller, is the author of Hitler's War in the East 1941−1945: A Critical Assessment. Both works have been published in English translations.
Gerd R. Ueberschär
|Born||18 August 1943|
Offenbach am Main, Germany
|Occupation||Historian, author, editor|
|Institutions||University of Freiburg |
German Federal Military Archive
|Main interests||Modern European history, military history, historiography|
Ueberschär obtained his doctorate in history from the Goethe University Frankfurt, where he subsequently worked as an assistant professor. Starting with 1986, Ueberschär was a lecturer at the University of Freiburg. From 1996 to 2008, he worked as a historian and archivist at the German Federal Military Archive in Freiburg.
Ueberschär is an author and editor of numerous books on the history of National Socialism in Germany and the Second World War. He is one of the lead researchers on the seminal work Germany and the Second World War. Ueberschär edited the German-language volume containing 68 biographies of leading military men of Nazi Germany, Hitlers militärischer Elite [Hitler's Military Elite] published in 1998 and reissued in 2011.
Ueberschär also covered the topic of the German resistance to Nazism in his 2004 work on Claus von Stauffenberg, Stauffenberg. Der 20 Juli 1944 and the 2006 work Für ein anderes Deutschland. Der deutsche Widerstand gegen den NS-Staat 1933–1945 [For Better Germany. German Resistance to Nazism 1933–1945]. He concluded that conspirators' plans for the post-Hitler society were incompatible with today's understanding of democracy; the plotters were hoping for a "genuine national community": "They propagated the constitutional plans were very far from an open democratic society". He also edited the 2002 collected volume Der deutsche Widerstand gegen Hitler [German Resistance to Hitler].
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Authors of Germany and the Second World War
|Vol. I: Build-up of German Aggression|
|Vol. II: Initial Conquests in Europe|
|Vol. III: The Mediterranean 1939–1942|
|Vol. IV: Attack on the Soviet Union|
|Vol. V: Wartime Economy 1939–1945|
|Vol. VI: The Global War|
|Vol. VII: Strategic Air War 1943–1944/5|
|Vol. VIII: War in the East 1943/44|
|Vol. IX: Wartime Society 1939–1945|
|Vol. X: Collapse 1945|