Moore, Bob

Bob Moore is Professor of Twentieth Century History at the University of Sheffield.

I studied at the University of Manchester, graduating in 1976, and subsequently completed a PhD in 1983. Since then, I have held teaching posts at UMIST, North London Polytechnic, Manchester Polytechnic, Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, Bristol Polytechnic and the Manchester Metropolitan University.

My research is in the field of twentieth century European history and I have held visiting fellowships at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London, the Center for Advanced Holocaust Study at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Institut d´Etudes Politique (Sciences Po) in Paris. I have been a member of the academic advisory board for the Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam and currently have a similar role for the Bijdragen en Mededelingen Betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden.

My teaching is primarily on the Holocaust and Twentieth Century European History at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and my current projects (which I will be pursuing while at the Lichtenberg Kolleg) include an edited edition of the diary of Arnold Douwes, a Dutchman who ran a rescue network for Jews and other fugitives from Nazism in the Eastern Netherlands between 1943 and 1944, and a wider survey of prisoners of war in Europe during the Second World War.

Douwes’ diary is a contemporary account of his day-to-day life and provides an insight into the tensions and crises that beset the network as he and his co-workers struggled to maintain those living underground. Apart from publishing Dutch and English editions of the diary, there is a longer-term plan to take the issues highlighted by this diary to act as a structure for a wider comparative analysis of other rescuer accounts.

The prisoner of war project is intended as a monograph to contrast the very varied experiences of servicemen taken captive during the Second World War. The differences between warfare on the Eastern and Western fronts are well-understood, but not particularly well chronicled and fail to take into account the many other variables that affected the fates of the many millions of men held captive by the belligerent powers, both during war and also in the postwar period.

Selected Recent Publications


  • Crises of Empire. Decolonization and Europe´s Imperial States, 1918-1975 (with Martin Thomas and Larry Butler) (London: Bloomsbury, 2015) pp.468 (ISBN 978-1472526427) Second rewritten and extended edition of Crises of Empire. Decolonization and Europe´s Imperial States, 1918-1975 (London: Hodder/Arnold, 2008) pp.xiii + 457 (ISBN 978 0340 731277).
  • Survivors: Jewish Self Help and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied Western Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Refugees from Nazi Germany and the Liberal European States, 1933-1939 (edited with Frank Caestecker) (Providence RI: Berghahn, 2010).
  • Catholic Communities in Protestant States, Britain and the Netherlands 1580-1720(edited with Henk van Nierop, Judith Pollmann and Benjamin Kaplan) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009)

Book Chapters

  • ‘Idle Women: Challenging Gender Stereotypes on Britain’s Inland Waterways during the Second World War’ (with Barbara Hately) in: M.Andrews and J.Lomas (eds.) The Home Front in Britain: Images, Myths and Forgotten Experiences since 1914 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014) ,pp.201-216 (ISBN 978-1-137-34898-2).
  • ‘Integrating Self-Help into the History of Jewish Survival in Western Europe’ in: Norman J.W. Goda (ed) Jewish Histories of the Holocaust: New Transnational Approaches (New York/Oxford: Berghahn, 2014) pp.193-208 (ISBN 978 1782384410).
  • ‘The Vagaries of Memorialisation’ in: Nick Mansfield (ed) The Great War and the North West, Manchester Region History Review 24 (2013) pp. 79-84 (with Liz Moore) (ISSN 0952-4320 ISBN 978-1-85936-226-6).
  • ‘Holocaust, krig og besættelse i Vesteuropa’ in: Cecilia Felicia Stockholm Bank and Ander Jerichow (red.) Holocaust og civilamfundets reaction (Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2013) pp.15-30 (ISBN 978-87-7674757-2) reprinted in Idem, ‘The Holocaust, War and Occupation in Western Europe’ in: Civil Society and the Holocaust: International Perspectives on Resistance and Rescue (New York: Humanity in Action, 2013), pp.109-123. (ISBN 978-87-9964971-6).
  • ‘Perceptions brittaniques des prisonniers des puissance de l’Axe en Grande-Bretagne, 1939-1947’ in: Anne-Marie Pathé et Fabien Théofilakis (eds.) La Captivité de Guerre au XXe Siècle. Des Archives, Des Histoires, Des Mémoires (Paris: Armand Colin/Ministère de la Défense, 2012) pp.174-184 (ISBN 978-2-200-28044-4).

Journal Articles

  • Enforced Diaspora: The Fate of Italian Prisoners of War during the Second World War’ War in History XXIV/2 (2015) pp.174-190 (ISSN 0968-3445).
  • ‘ɸAƜИ3М НИДЕРЛАНДϹКИX 3ЕМЛЯX (1919-1945)’ БЕРЕГИНЯ Vol. 32/4 (2014) pp. 341-351 (ISSN 2077-6365).
  • ‘Captive Audience: Camp Entertainment and British Prisoners-of-War in German Captivity, 1939-1945’ Popular Entertainment Studies V/1 (2014) pp.58-73 (with Barbara Hately) (ISSN 1837-9303).