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Miss Ann Gillan

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Professional biography

I began my PhD in 2017 after completing a BA Hons degree with the Open University and an MA European History at Birkbeck College, University of London.

I’ve long been fascinated by the propaganda systems which were used by various totalitarian states during the 20th century. However, my main interest lies with the Third Reich’s development of mass communication channels, particularly the print medium, to deliver propaganda to audiences both within Germany and abroad.

My thesis focuses on a Nazi magazine series which was launched in the autumn of 1936. Created specifically to appeal to an international readership, the multi-lingual publication used state-of-the-art commercial and foreign design techniques to promote Nazi political, economic and ideological aims to subscribers in forty-four countries around the world. When I first began working with the magazine, it appeared to be a fairly straightforward propaganda publication. Research carried out over the past three years has, however, revealed that it was a complex, multi-purpose marketing and communications tool.

Research interests

While my current research project focuses specifically on the Nazi print medium, I have a wider interest in all areas of Third Reich propaganda.

Thesis Subject: Promoting the aims of the Third Reich to an international audience, a study of the National Socialist illustrated periodical Freude und Arbeit.

Supervisors: Professor Annika Mombauer and Dr Luc-André Brunet.