Dr Peter Grieder

Lecturer in 20th-Century History

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Peter Grieder is a lecturer in 20th-century history.

He did both his BA and PhD at Cambridge University. He went on to lecture at Magdalen College, Oxford, and UCL before taking up a permanent position at the University of Hull in 2000.

His book, The German Democratic Republic, was selected by the respected magazine Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2013.


Research Interests

  • The History of the German Democratic Republic

  • Totalitarianism


Grieder P, The German Democratic Republic, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2012)

Grieder P, The East German Leadership, 1946-1973: Conflict and Crisis, Manchester: Manchester University Press (1999)

Grieder P, 'Eine unabhängige britische Sicht auf die Konflikte im SED-Politbüro 1956-1958' in T. Klein, W. Otto, P. Grieder, Visionen, Repression und Opposition in der SED (1949-1989), 2 vols, Frankfurt/Oder: Frankfurter Oder Editionen (1996)

Grieder P, 'The Overthrow of Ulbricht in East Germany: A New Interpretation', Debatte: Review of Contemporary German Affairs, Vol. 6, No. 1 (1998), pp 8-45.

Grieder P, 'The Leadership of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany under Ulbricht' in Patrick Major and Jonathan Osmond (eds.), The Workers' and Peasants' State: Communism and Society in East Germany under Ulbricht, 1945-71, Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press (2002), pp. 22-40

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Dictators of the 20th Century and Beyond (Level 3)

  • The Modern World (Level 4)

  • The 1960s (Level 6)

  • The Third Reich, 1933-1945 (Level 6)

  • Power, Authority and Freedom in History (Level 7)

Research PhDs

Dr Grieder's field of research expertise is the history of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), also known as East Germany.

He is qualified to supervise Masters or PhD dissertations within this area between 1945 and 1990. Topics may be political or social in nature.

He is also able to supervise MA and PhD research on the political history of the Third Reich between 1933 and 1945, and West Germany between 1945 and 1990.

Finally, he is prepared to supervise MA and MRes dissertations on Communism in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1991, and Eastern Europe between 1945 and 1989.

Completed PhD supervisions 

  • Kate Boyce, Women's Discontent in the German Democratic Republic During the Honecker Era, University of Hull, 2006

  • Claire Hall, The Gestapo Spy Network, 1933-1945, University of Hull, 2007

  • Alan McDougall, The Free German Youth Movement, 1946-1968, D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2001

  • Josie McLellan, Remembering Spain: The Contested History of the International Brigades in the German Democratic Republic, D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2001

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Sally Fulker, The Role of the Churches in the Welfare Provision of the German Democratic Republic, 1978-1990

  • John Nicholls, Dark Wave: The Emergence, Culture, Impact and Repression of the Gothic Anti-Movement in the German Democratic Republic, 1981-1989

  • Victoria Taylor (NECAH student), The Nazification of the Luftwaffe

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Ranked ‘Top UK Lecturer’ on ‘Rate your Lecturer’ website, June-July 2016

  • Nominated for the Vice-Chancellor's Prize on account of his teaching in 2003 and 2004

  • ‘East and West Germany from “Zero Hour” to Reunification’ was one of four modules campus-wide to be shortlisted for the ‘Best Module Award’ at the Hull University Union Student-Led Teaching Awards 2013.

  • One of four members of staff campus-wide to be shortlisted for the ‘Best Supervisor (Research) Award’ at the Hull University Union Student-Led Teaching and Support Awards 2018.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Double First in History at Cambridge University, 1989-90

  • PhD in History from Cambridge University, 1996

  • Awarded a Diploma in Slovak Language and Culture by Bratislava University, Slovakia, 1990