Prof. dr. Julie Gottlieb

Professor in Modern History, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom


Julie V. Gottlieb has a BA in English and History from McGill University and an MPhil and PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. She joined the Department of History at the University of Sheffield in 2003, and she is Professor of Modern History. She has published extensively on political extremism, women in politics, and the gendering of international relations in the modern Britain. She has published two monographs Feminine Fascism: Women in Britain’s Fascist Movement 1923-1945 (2000 and second edition 2021) and ‘Guilty Women’, Foreign Policy and Appeasement in Interwar Britain (2015), as well as a number of edited collections and special issues. She held a Wellcome Seed Award for the project ‘Suicide, Society and Crisis’ (2018-19), and her current research examines an ‘epidemic’ of ‘crisis suicides’ in Britain on the eve of the Second World War. She has appeared regularly in the media — television, radio, podcasts, public events– asked to draw out the resonances and relevance of her various areas of historical research in the face of current crises from Brexit, to the global resurgence of populism and extremism, and the Covid pandemic. 

Relevant publications

“The Munich Crisis: Waiting for the End of the World” [feature and cover story], History Today, 9 September, 2018.

“Munich and the masses: emotional inflammation, mental health and shame in Britain during the September crisis”, in eds. Julie V. Gottlieb, Daniel Hucker and Richard Toye, The Munich Crisis, Politics and the People (2021)

Surviving a “War of Nerves”: Lessons for the age of coronavirus from 1930s Britain
Brexiety and breakdown: How political crisis damages our mental health

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