In addition, to his research on Anglo-German relations, McDonough has written a number of publications on the related subject of the history of the Third Reich, most notably, Hitler and Nazi Germany 1999 ; Opposition and Resistance in Nazi Germany 2001 ; and Hitler and the Rise of the Nazi Party 2003. McDonough argues that Chamberlain's version of appeasement, as operated by such an inflexible politician, unwilling to change direction, until events forced him to, actually contributed to and France entering the war in 1939 in a much weaker strategic position, and passed the early advantage in the war to Hitler's regime, which meant that Germany only faced one European front until June 1944. He is Professor of International History in the History Department of the School of Humanities and Social Science at. In 1998, McDonough was commissioned by the Oxford and Cambridge Examinations Board to write a set text entitled Fascism, Conflict and Communism: European History: 1890—1945. He is the author of the critically acclaimed biography of Sophie Scholl, a leading figure in the German resistance to Hitler which was published in 2009. He later earned a PhD in History from , under the supervision of. The documentary won a at the awards ceremony on 20 November 2010.
The study was reviewed in academic journals. Among his other books are: The Origins of the First and Second World Wars 1997 ; The British Empire, 1815—1914 1994 ; and Hitler Chamberlain and Appeasement 2002. See, for example, International Security, vol. Frank McDonough, was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and is Professor of International History at Liverpool John Moores University where his main research interests are in the history of the Third Reich and Anglo-German Relations in the 20th century. McDonough is the author of an English-language biography of the German resistance heroine, , entitled Sophie Scholl: The Woman Who Defied Hitler, published by the History Press in February 2009.
In recent years, McDonough's published work has been focused on aspects of the history of the Third Reich. In August 2015, McDonough's study The Gestapo: The Myth and Reality of Hitler's Secret Police was published by the Hodder and Stoughton imprint Coronet. McDonough appeared on on on 8 May 2010, debating whether the Second World War could have been prevented. He read modern History at , , as a Senior Status Scholar. McDonough has over 20,000 followers and his Twitter account is viewed by over 3 million people every month.
The ranked McDonough's Twitter in the Top 20 History Twitter accounts. He was interviewed in two special programmes on French National Television to mark the 70th anniversary of 's famous when he said the 'flame of French Resistance cannot be extinguished'. McDonough's work is extensively cited in academic journals. He suggested that appeasement must be analysed as a usable policy at the time it operated and focus on how Chamberlain's personality played a crucial role in the conduct of the policy, in particular, his errors of judgement, his failure to listen to opponents and his unwillingness to try any alternatives. In September 2011, McDonough published The Origins of the Second World War: An international Perspective, about the outbreak of the Second World War. In 2014, McDonough appeared in a 10-part documentary series called The Rise of the Nazi Party on , part of the.
The debate over whether Hitler visited Liverpool before World War One was covered in the British press. In 2008, McDonough published , with John Cochrane. McDonough was sole 'Historical Consultant' on the programme. The book received praise in several newspaper reviews, including The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, and Daily Mail. The series was broadcast world-wide.
This book is a new introduction to both the events and the complex international response to the Holocaust and examines the grim reality of life and death in the death camps, the scholarly debates and the impact on popular culture since 1945 of the most horrific aspect of the history of the 20th century. Other reviews appeared in the German journal , vol 47 1999 and , vol. Professor McDonough argued that evidence from Austrian police records, eyewitness accounts from , and shipping records all strongly indicated that the young Hitler had lived in Vienna at this time, not Liverpool, thus confirming what Hitler claimed in his autobiography,. McDonough appeared as an historical commentator on France 2 and in a special documentary featuring historians on de Gaulle, broadcast on France 3 on 18 June 2010. Parker review, Manchester University Press catalogue, 1999. His other popular titles include: The Origins of the First and Second World Wars; Hitler and Nazi Germany; Opposition and Resistance in Nazi Germany; The Holocaust; Hitler and the Rise of the Nazi Party; Hitler, Chamberlain and Appeasement; Neville Chamberlain, Appeasement and the British Road to War and The Conservative Party and Anglo-German Relations, 1905-1914 and The British Empire, 1815-1914.
The book is based on original Gestapo files and tells the story of the victims of Nazi Terror. . Balfour and Anglo-German Relations Leadership 2 : Andrew Bonar Law and Anglo-German Relations The Views of the Conservative Party at Westminster towards Anglo-German Relations, 1905-1914 The Role of the German Threat in the Propaganda and Electioneering Tactics of the Conservative Party at the Two General Elections of 1910 Extra Parliamentary Pressure Groups and Germany The Conservative Party and the Decision for War in 1914 Conclusion The Key Characters Notes Bibliography Index. He is an avid fan and still lives in Liverpool with his partner Ann. It examines key facts in history every morning. On , on 15 July 1998, he discussed the award of by to notable Liverpool figures in history and culture.
He was at Balliol at the same time as and knew him. The book has been published in translated versions in Italy March 2016 , Spain June 2016 , Norway August 2016 , Sweden September 2016 , and Finland 2016. McDonough accepted that appeasement was probably the only choice for the British government in the 1930s, but unlike the revisionists he argued that it was poorly implemented, carried out too late and not enforced strongly enough to constrain Hitler. For the very influence of Parker on his work on appeasement see: Frank McDonough, The Conservative Party and Anglo-German Relations, 1905—1914, Palgrave Maicmillan, 2007, preface, viii. He rarely tweets much about his work, his private life or his opinions. .