Visiting Research Fellow
Contact Details: Christopher.Knowles@kcl.ac.uk
Christopher Knowles studied as an undergraduate at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge from 1971-74. After a career in electronic publishing and computer software, he resumed his academic studies in October 2005 at the Centre for Contemporary British History, Institute of Historical Research and subsequently at Kings College London. He was awarded his PhD in 2014.
His principal area of interest is the Allied Occupation of Germany after the Second World War and military occupation as a form of government. His PhD thesis was awarded the annual prize of the German Historical Institute, London in 2014; he co-organised a conference on ‘The Allied Occupation of Germany Revisited: New Research on the Western Zones of Occupation, 1945-1949’ at the German Historical Institute, London, in September 2016; and his book: Winning the Peace, the British in Occupied Germany, 1945-1948 was published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2017.
He has a particular interest in the relevance of the past to the present and how a better understanding of history can contribute towards improving the quality of public debate on contemporary issues. He has researched and written a series of case studies for History & Policy (H&P), which provide examples of best practice and showcase a wide range of H&P activities and impacts.
Publications, talks and conferences
‘Winning the Peace: The British in Occupied Germany, 1945-1948’, Bloomsbury Academic, January 2017
A series of case studies based on interviews with leading historians, providing examples of best practice by historians and policy makers, published on the History & Policy web site: http://www.historyandpolicy.org/case-studies
Conference on: ‘The Allied Occupation of Germany Revisited: New Research on the Western Zones of Occupation, 1945-1949’:
Interview for a German TV documentary progamme, Operation Hochzeit, broadcast in August 2016, on the 70th anniversary of the creation, by the British, of the new Land or region of North Rhine-Westphalia.
A lecture on ‘Military Occupation and Post-War Reconstruction of Germany, 1945-1949’, given to the Second World War Research Group at the UK Defence Academy in March 2015: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/dsd/research/researchgroups/swwrg/news-and-events.aspx),
‘Germany 1945-1949: a case study in post-conflict reconstruction’, History & Policy, January 2014
‘The British occupation of Germany, 1945-49: A case study in post-conflict reconstruction’, The RUSI Journal, Vol. 158, No. 6 (Dec. 2013), pp. 78-85.