10-Minute Talks: The Hitler Conspiracies – The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination
by Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA
2 Dec 2020
The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.
Conspiracy theories are becoming more popular and more widespread in the 21st century. Nowhere have they become more obvious than in revisionist accounts of the history of the Third Reich and how Adolf Hitler supposedly didn’t die in 1945 but survived and lived into old age in Argentina.
In this talk, Sir Richard Evans explains how conspiracy theories are constructed, amplified, and justified as well looking more widely at how the most bizarre and irrational theories find their way into the public sphere.
His book, The Hitler Conspiracies – The Third Reich and the Paranoid Imagination was published in October 2020. An abridged version of this talk will also feature as an article in the New Statesman on 4th December 2020.
Speaker: Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA, Provost, Gresham College, London