Martin Kitchen

Professor Emeritus

Areas of Study: EUROPE.


Martin Kitchen (December 21, 1936, Nottingham, England) is a British-Canadian historian, specialized in modern European history, with an emphasis on Germany. Professor Emeritus of history at Simon Fraser University, he started teaching in 1966. He also taught at the Cambridge Group for Population Studies (Cambridge University). He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London. Throughout his career, Kitchen has served in several editorial boards such as the International History Review, the Canadian Journal of History / Annales canadiennes d'histoire and International Affairs. Kitchen's work has been translated into German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. He is internationally regarded as a key author for the study of contemporary history.

Publications (Books)

A History of Modern Germany: 1800 to the Present, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)





Rommel's Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941–1943, (Cambridge University Press, 2009






  • The Third Reich: Charisma and Community (London, Longman 2007).
  • Europe's Child: The Story of Kaspar Hauser, (Palgrave, London, 2001).
  • The Cambridqe Illustrated History of Germany, (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1996).
  • The British Empire and Commonwealth: A Short Historv, (London: Macmillan, 1996).
  • Nazi Germany at War, London: Longmans, 1994.
  • A World in Flames: A Short History of the Second World War in Europe and Asia 1939-1945 (London: Longmans, 1990).
  • Europe Between the Wars (London: Longmans, 1988).
  • The Origins of the Cold War in Comparative Perspective, (with Lawrence Aronsen), (London: MacMillan, New York St. Martin's Press, 1988).
  • British Policy Towards the Soviet Union, 1939-1945, (London: Macmillan, 1986).
  • Germany in the Age of Total War, with V.R., Berghahn, (London: Croom Helm; Totowa N.J.: Barnes and Noble, 1981) pp. 266.
  • The Coming of Austrian Fascism, (London: Croom Helm; Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1980) pp. 299.
  • The Political Economv of Germany, 1815-1914, (London: Croom Helm; Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1978) 304 pp.
  • Fascism, (London: Macmillan, 1976), xi, 106 pp.
  • The Silent Dictatorship: The Politics of the German High Command, 1916-1918, (London: Croom Helm, 1976), 301 pp.
  • A Military History of Germanv: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Dav, (London: Wiedenfeld and Nicholson, 1975), 384 pp.
  • The German Officer Corps, 1890-1914 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968), xxix, 242 pp.
  • The German Offensives of 1918, (Tempus, Stoud, 2001) edited by Professor Hew Strachan.

Publications (Articles)

  • "New World Orders", Downside Review, Dec. 2001.
  • "The 'Silent Dictatorship' of Hindenburg & Ludendorff" , Relevance, (in press) December 2000.
  • 'SOE's Man in Moscow in Intelliqence and National Security (July 1997) .
  • "Entries on "Ludendorff" , "Groener" , The "'Michael' Offensive 1918" and "Canada at War" in Gerhard Kirschfeld and Gerd Krumeich, Enzyklopadie des Ersten Weltkreiqes (in press), December 2000.
  • Entries on Hindenburg, Ludendorff, Bauer, Falkenhayn and von Einem in: Dieter K. Buse ans Juergen C.Dorr, (eds.) Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History. People and Culture 1871-1990, (New York, 1998).
  • "Ludendorff and Germany's Defeat' in: Hugh Cecil and Peter H. Liddle (eds.), Facinq Armaqeddon. The First World War Experienced, London, Leo Cooper, 1996.
  • "Elites in Military History" in A. Hamish Ion and Keith Neilson (ed.) Elite Military Formations in War and Peace, (Westport, Praeger, 1996).
  • 'British Attitudes Towards the Soviet Union 1941-1945' to be published by Frank Cass (proceedings of a conference held in Konstanz in July 1996 where paper given) "From the Korean War to Suez: Anglo-American Canadian Relations, 1950-1956", in Lawrence Aronsen and Brian Mckercher, The North Atlantic Powers in a Changing World: Anglo-Canadian-American Relations, 1902-1956, (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1996).
  • "British Foreign Policy Towards the Soviet Union, 1945-1948", in Gabriel Gorodetsky (ed.), Soviet Foreiqn Policy, 1917-1991: A Retrospective, (London, Frank Cass 1994).
  • "The North Atlantic Allies Confront the Third World: The Korean War and the Suez Crisis, 1950-1956," in: Lawrence Aronsen & Brian McKercher, (eds.) The North Atlantic Powers in a Changing World: Anglo-Canadian-American Relations, 1903-1975, 1994.
  • "Old Tales of the Second World War" (International History Review,) xiii, No.1, 1991.
  • "Karl Barth and the Weimar Republic", Downside Review, July 1991.
  • "Civil-Military Relations in Germany During the First World War", in R.J.Q. Adams (ed.), The Great War, 1914-1918, (London, Macmillan, 1990).
  • "Three Second World War Studies," The International History Review, xi, No.3, 1989
  • "Britain and the Soviet Union, 1942-1945," Crossroads, 26, 1988
  • "The Political History of Clausewitz," Journal of Strateqic Studies, II (I), 1988
  • "Winston Churchill and the Soviet Union," The Historical Journal, 30, 2, 1987
  • "Hitler Bewitcher or Hitler Bewitched", in J.D. Keehn, Creativity and Madness, (York, University Press of Canada, 1987) .
  • "The Popular Front in Austria", in Helen Graham and Paul Preston (eds.), The Popular Front in Europe, (London, Macmillan, 1987).
  • "Putting Sword to Paper," The Canadian Forum, Vol. lxvi, No. 760, June/July 1986
  • "The German Invasion of Canada in the First World War," in The International History Review, Vol. vii, No.2, May 1985.
  • "Hindenburg, Ludendorff and the Crisis of German Society, 1916-1918", in Timothy Travers and Christon Archer (eds.), Men at War, (Chicago: Precendent, 1982).
  • "Hindenburg', in P. Dennis and A. Preston (eds.) Soldiers as Statesmen, (London: Croom Helm, 1976).
  • "The Traditions of German Strategic Thought," The International History Review, i (1979), pp. 163-190.
  • "Hindenburg, Ludendorff and the Baltic," East European Quarterly, xi (1977), pp. 429-444.
  • "Frederick Engels' Theory of War," Military Affairs, lxi (1977), pp. 119-124.
  • "Hindenburg, Ludendorff, and Rumania," Slavonic and East European Review, liv (1976), pp. 214-230.
  • "Militarism and the Development of Fascist Ideology: The Political Ideas of Colonel Bauer, 1916-1918," Central European History, viii (1975), pp. 199-220.
  • "Trotsky and Fascism," Social Praxis, ii (1974), pp.113-133.
  • "Ernst Nolte and the Phenomenology of Fascism," Science and Society, xxxviii (1974), pp. 130-149.
  • "The Army and Society in the Wilhelmine Era," Laurentian Review, v (1973), pp. 49-65.
  • "August Thalheimer's Theory of Fascism," Journal of the History of Ideas, xxxiv (1973), pp. 67-78.
  • "Militarische Unternehmungen gegen Kanada im ersten Weltkrieg, "Militarqeschichtliche Mitteilunqen, i (1970), pp. 27-36.