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Dr Christopher Dillon

Dr Christopher Dillon

Dr Christopher DillonLecturer in Modern German History

Tel  +44 (0)20 7848 1995
Address Department of History
King’s College London
Room S8.29, Strand
London WC2R 2LS


Prior to joining the department as a Lecturer in Modern European History in 2012, Christopher Dillon taught at the University of London's Birkbeck, Queen Mary, and Goldsmiths colleges. He studied for his PhD at Birkbeck (awarded in 2011) as part of an AHRC-funded project on the pre-war National Socialist concentration camps, having received his MA from Sussex and his BA from Exeter.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Fascism
  • Bavaria
  • Political violence
  • Masculinity
  • Social Psychology

Christopher Dillon's research focuses on modern Germany history, particularly the Weimar and Nazi periods. He was part of the AHRC-funded project "Before the Holocaust: Pre-War Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany" at Birkbeck College, where his doctoral research analysed the significance of Dachau concentration camp as a "school of violence" for the SS. A monograph with Oxford University Press, based on his thesis, is approaching publication. Christopher is now working on a project appraising the Bavarian experience of defeat, revolution, and counter-revolution in 1918/1919.

Christopher welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests. 

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected Publications

Dachau and the SS: A Schooling in Violence (Oxford, 2015).

‘Gewaltakte der SS in der Frühphase des Konzentrationslagers Dachau: Situationsbedingt oder Rache?’, in Nikolaus Wachsmann and Sybille Steinbacher (eds.), Die Linke im Visier: Zur Errichtung der Konzentrationslager 1933 (Munich, 2014), pp. 84-103.

'"Tolerance means weakness": The Dachau SS, Militarism, and Masculinity', Historical Research, Vol. 86, No. 232 (2013), pp. 373-389.

‘“We’ll meet again in Dachau”. The Early Dachau SS and the Narrative of Civil War’, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 45, No. 3 (2010), pp. 535-554.

For a complete list of publications, please see Christopher's full research profile.
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