Occupation Studies

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Maastricht University


Recent books and articles by Network members, listed by year of publication.

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Published in 2021



Franziska Zaugg, Rekrutierungen für die Waffen-SS in Südosteuropa: Ideen, Ideale und Realitäten einer Vielvölkerarmee (Recruiting for the Waffen-SS in Southeast Europe: Ideas, Ideals, and Realities of a Multinational Army) (De Gruyter, 2021)

This is my newest publication on the recruitment of all four Southeast European Waffen-SS divisions. The book deals with occupation and recruitment strategies as well as motivation factors and constraints on the macro-, meso- and micro levels in six countries. What advantages do people hope for when they collaborate with an occupying regime? What kinds of threats do they face if they do not? These questions can be applied to Waffen-SS recruitment during World War II and refracted as if through a prism. This study explains the intentions and scope of action of the occupational forces, political elites, and individuals.


Laure Humbert, Reinventing French Aid: The Politics of Humanitarian Relief in French-Occupied Germany, 1945-1952 (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

My most recent work examines the everyday encounters between French officials, members of new international organizations, relief workers, defeated Germans and Displaced Persons, who remained in the territory of the French occupation zone in the aftermath of the Second World War.


Peter Howson, Britain and the German Churches, 1945-1950: The Role of the Religious Affairs Branch in the British Zone (Boydell Press, 2021).

This is a link to a blog post I wrote for the publisher about my new book: Britain and the German Churches, 1945-1950 – Boydell and Brewer


Jeremy E. Taylor. (ed.), Visual Histories of Occupation: A Transcultural Dialogue (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021).

Jeremy E. Taylor, Iconographies of Occupation: Visual Cultures in Wang Jingwei’s China, 1939-1945 (University of Hawaii Press, 2021).

Ismee Tames & Maartje Abbenhuis,  Global War, Global Catastrophe: Neutrals, Belligerents and the Transformations of the First World War (Bloomsbury, 2021).


Journal articles and chapters in edited collections

Charlie Hall, ‘“A Completely Open Race”: Anglo–Soviet Competition over German Military Science and Technology, 1944–1949’, War in History, 28:2 (2021), 430-449.

Adam R. Seipp, ‘The View from Benjamin-Franklin Strasse: Politics, Society, and Conversion in Western Germany, 1989-1995’, in Eleni Braat and Pepijn Corduwener (eds.) 1989 and the West: Western Europe since the End of the Cold War (Routledge, 2021), 27-45.

Margot Tudor, ‘Gatekeepers to Decolonisation: Recentring the UN Peacekeepers on the Frontline of West Papua’s Re-colonisation, 1962–3‘, Journal of Contemporary History, (2021), 1-24.

Margot Tudor, ‘Reputation on the (green) line: revisiting the ‘Plaza moment’ in United Nations peacekeeping practice, 1964–1966‘, Journal of Global History, Vol. 16:2 (2021), 227 – 245.


Published in 2020



Camilo Erlichman and Christopher Knowles (eds) Transforming Occupation in the Western Zones of Germany (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). Paperback edition February 2020.

Charlie Hall, British Exploitation of German Science and Technology, 1943-1949 (Routledge, 2020)

Benedikt Neuwöhner, Georg Mölich & Maike Schmidt, Die Besatzung des Rheinlandes 1918 bis 1930: Alliierte Herrschaft und Alltagsbeziehungen nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg (Verlag für Regionalgeschichte, 2020).

Christoph Brüll, Christian Henrich-Franke, Claudia Hiepel & Guido Thiemeyer (eds.), Belgisch-deutsche Kontakträume in Rheinland und Westfalen, 1945–1995 (Nomos 2020)

Robert Gildea & Ismee Tames, Fighters across Frontiers: Transnational Resistance in Europe, 1936-48 (Manchester University Press, 2020).


Journal articles and chapters in edited collections

Charlie Hall, ‘“The Other End of a Trajectory”: Operation Backfire and the German Origins of Britain’s Ballistic Missile Programme’, The International History Review, 42:6 (2020), 1118-1136

Samantha Knapton, ‘”There is no such thing as an Unrepatriable Pole”: Polish Displaced Persons in the British Zone of Occupation in Germany”, European History Quarterly, 50 (4) (2020).

My article in European History Quarterly analyses the deteriorating relationship between officials in British-occupied Germany and Polish Displaced Person. Using the issue of repatriation as a focal point, it emphasises the interactions within the British zone and their most populous DP group within the context of carrying out occupation on ex-enemy land.


Ethan Mark, ‘Fascisms Seen and Unseen: The Netherlands, Japan, Indonesia, and the Relationalities of Imperial Crisis’. in: Adeney Thomas J. Eley G. (eds.) Visualizing Fascism: The Twentieth-Century Rise of the Global Right (Duke University Press, 2020), 183-210.

Jeremy E. Taylor and Zhiyi Yang, ‘Towards a New History of Elite Cultural Expression in Japanese-Occupied China’, European Journal of East Asian Studies, 19:2 (2020), 189-207.


Published in 2019



David Philips, Educating the Germans: People and Policy in the British Zone of Germany, 1945-1949 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). Paperback edition 2019.


Journal articles and chapters in edited collections

Charlie Hall, ‘Pushed into Pragmatism: British Approaches to Science in Post-War Occupied Germany’, The International History Review, 41:3 (2019), 559-580

David Philips, ‘Dodds and Educational Policy for a Defeated Germany’, in Rediscovering E.R. Dodds: Scholarship, Education, Poetry, and the Paranormal, ed. Christopher Stray, Christopher Pelling & Stephen Harrison (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Julia Wambach, ‘Vichy in Baden-Baden: The personnel of the French occupation in Germany after 1945’, Contemporary European History, 28:3 (2019), 319–341.

Adam R. Seipp, ‘“This Land Remains German”: Requisitioning, Society, and the US Army, 1945–1956’, Central European History, 53:3 (2019), 276-295.

 Adam R. Seipp, ‘“We Have to Pay the Price”: German Workers and the US Army, 1945–1989’, War in History, 26:4, (2019), 563-584.


Published in 2018



Ethan Mark, Japan’s Occupation of Java in the Second World War:  A Transnational History (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Emmanuel Debruyne, ‘Femmes à Boches’: Occupation du corps féminin, dans la France et la Belgique de la Grande Guerre (Les Belles Lettres, 2018)

Brian Drohan, Brutality in an Age of Human Rights: Activism and Counterinsurgency at the End of the British Empire (Cornell University Press, 2018)

Christine Haynes, Our Friends the Enemies: The Occupation of France after Napoleon (Harvard University Press, 2018)

Christopher Knowles Winning the Peace: The British in Occupied Germany, 1945-1948 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). Paperback edition 2018.


Journal articles and chapters in edited collections

Adam R. Seipp & Andrea A Sinn, ‘Landscapes of the Uprooted: Displacement in Postwar Europe’, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 33:1, (2018), 1-7.


Published in 2017



David Philips, Investigating Education in Germany; Historical Studies from a British Perspective (Routledge, 2017).


Journal articles and chapters in edited collections

David Philips, ‘Writing the History of Education in the British Zone of Germany, 1945-1949: A Note on Sources and Challenges’, RCIE, Vol.12 No.2, (2017).


Some earlier publications, listed alphabetically by author


Susan Carruthers

Susan Carruthers, The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace (Harvard University Press, 2016).


Neve Gordon

Neve Gordon and Sharon Pardo, ‘The European Union and Israel’s Occupation: Using Technical Customs Rules as Instruments of Foreign Policy’, The Middle East Journal, Vol. 69, Winter 2015, 74-90.

Neve Gordon, Israel’s Occupation (University of California Press, 2008).

Neve Gordon, ‘From Colonization to Separation: Exploring the Structure of Israel’s Occupation’, Third World Quarterly, 29:1 (2008), 25-44.

Neve Gordon, ‘Of Dowries and Brides: A Structural Analysis of Israel’s Occupation’, New Political Science, 29:4 (2007), 453-478.


Ethan Mark

Yoshimi Yoshiaki & Ethan Mark, Grassroots Fascism: The War Experience of the Japanese People (Columbia University Press, 2015).


David Philips

David Philips, ‘Aspects of Education for Democratic Citizenship in Post-War Germany’, Oxford Review of Education, Vol.38, No.5, (2012).

David Philips, ‘Helena Deneke and the Women of Germany.  A Note on Post-War Reconstruction‘, German Life and Letters, Vol.53 No.1, (2003).

David Philips, ‘Reconstructing Education in Germany: Some Similarities and Contrasts in the Post-War and Post-Unification Rethinking in Educational Provision’, in Leslie J. Limage (ed.), Democratizing Education and Educating Democratic Citizens: International and Historical Perspectives (Routledge 2001).


Adam Seipp

Adam R. Seipp, Strangers in the Wild Place: Refugees, Americans, and a German Town, 1945-1952 (Indiana University Press, 2013).


Peter Stirk

Peter Stirk, A History of Military Occupation from 1792 to 1914 (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Paperback edition, 2017.

Peter Stirk, ‘The Concept of Military Occupation in the era of the French revolution and Napoleonic Wars’, Comparative Legal History, 3:1 (2015), 60-84.

Peter Stirk, The Politics of Military Occupation (Edinburgh University Press, 2009). Paperback edition 2012.


Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy E. Taylor, ‘Gendered Archetypes of Wartime Occupation: ‘New Women’ in Occupied North China, 1937-40’, Gender & History, 28:3 (2016), 660-686.