Professor David Childs

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Emeritus Professor David Childs's considerable contribution to the advancement of German studies has equipped students, academics, governments and business leaders develop a greater knowledge of Germany and the politics behind the country. 

A prominent commentator on British Political History too, David's wide knowledge of both domestic and international affairs has been utilised by both government and commercial organisations such as: The BBC, Sky News, The Independent, The Times, MoD, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Royal Institute of International Affairs and an array of City firms.

David Childs, Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Nottingham, is a prolific writer on a wide variety of subjects, and lectures internationally



The Guardian - Other Lives Walter Friedrich obituary - READ

Erfurt Germany 2015:  ERFURT a beautiful old town with a complex history - READ

A Nottingham response to the Paris massacres of January 2015 - READ

Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - READ
New Commentary - 1914, World War I, Britain, Germany and Me - READ



NEWS - David Childs is awarded the Cross of the German Order of Merit at a ceremony at the German Embassy

 David Childs - Order of Merit

Emeritus Professor, David Haslam Childs (picture left), has been awarded the Cross of the German Order of Merit in recognition of his outstanding academic and practical work in the field of reconciliation and friendship between Germany and the United Kingdom.

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New Book - Britain Since 1945 7th Edition

Britain since 1945 is the established textbook on contemporary British political history since the end of the Second World War. David Childs' authoritative chronological survey discusses domestic policy and politics in particular, but also covers external and international relations.

This new and improved seventh edition of this important book brings the picture to the present by including the following additions:

  • Tony Blair's resignation and Gordon Brown's accession to power

  • immigration

  • the financial crisis from 2007: the first bank run in Britain since 1866

  • the 'Special-relationship' with the US and Obama

  • the 2010 General election and the first coalition government since 1945

  • 'Broken Britain' and Crime

  • the era of ‘owned by China' and Britain’s place in a turbulent world.

Britain since 1945 is essential reading for any student of contemporary British history and politics.

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