This conference provides an opportunity to present and discuss new research on the conduct of partisan warfare, from the perspective of both occupying forces and partisans, in German-occupied Europe during the Second World War.
In an age of total warfare, as belligerents seek not only to defeat their opponents militarily but also subjugate their territory, partisan and anti-partisan warfare have assumed increasing importance. The forms which both partisan and German anti-partisan warfare took were shaped not just by the protagonists’ military tactics and strategic aims, but also by ideology; the increasingly destructive nature of twentieth-century warfare; the conditions in the field which both partisan and anti-partisan forces faced; each side’s economic needs; cultural and psychological factors, and the political structures of the Third Reich and the occupied countries. Resulting activities on the part of forces of occupation and partisans ranged from brutal mass reprisals exacted by German forces or partisan terror measures to compel popular co-operation, to more conciliatory attempts to win ‘hearts and minds.’
Papers may be case studies of particular regions, or of particular national/ethnic groups, or focus on theoretical aspects. Papers that analyse the interaction of partisan and/or anti-partisan units with civilian populations, or analyse the conflict from the viewpoint of more than one side, are especially welcome. Papers on aspects of higher policy will also be seriously considered.
The conference will take place at Glasgow Caledonian University on 25th June 2004. Please send, by Monday 20th October 2003, a c.v. and an abstract of not more than 250 words.
Dr Ben Shepherd
School of Law and Social Science
Glasgow Caledonian University
70 Cowcaddens Road
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