Professor David Welch

Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 120146

Research Interests

David Welch is Emeritus Professor of Modern History and Honorary Director of the Centre for the Study of War, Propaganda and Society, at the University of Kent. His research interest is in modern and contemporary political propaganda. His work previous to this has been in the area of late nineteenth and twentieth century German history, focusing on the relationship between public opinion, politics, and propaganda in German society. 

In 2013, he co-curated the exhibition on propaganda and persuasion at the British Library and authored the book that accompanied the exhibition, Propaganda. Power and Persuasion (British Library/Chicago University Press, 2013). He also co-curated The War of Nerves. An Exhibition on The Psychological Landscape of the Cold War for the Wellcome Trust and the Wende Museum (LA) which ran from September 2018 to January 2019. In 2019 a special Festschrift  (Propaganda and Conflict. War, Media and Shaping the Twentieth Century) was published by Bloomsbury honouring his contribution to the field of propaganda studies. He is currently writing a book for the British Library on 50 images that shaped the modern world.

Current Projects


Propaganda. Power and Persuasion (British Library/Chicago University Press, 2013). 

Germany and Propaganda in World War I. Pacifism, Mobilization and Total War (I.B.Tauris, 2014)

 Persuading the People. British Propaganda in World War II  (British Library, 2016) 

World War II Propaganda. Analyzing the Art of Persuasion During Wartime (ABC-Clio, 2017)

Protecting the People. The Central Office of Information and the Reshaping of Post-War Britain, 1946-2011 (British Library, 2019).