Academic Articles

War Crimes Trials


This chapter, co-authored with Donald Bloxham, surveys the controversial and contradictory evolution of the war crimes trials held during and after the Second World War. As well as exploring why and how trials took place at all (they were not common practice before the war), we intentionally highlighted the Soviet contributions to the trials, which have long been written off as insincere or unworthy of scholarly attention because ‘of course’ the Soviets only ever held ‘show trials’. But where’s the line between a ‘show trial’ and the Nuremberg Trials, which were likewise carefully controlled, the outcome essentially predetermined, and the defence disallowed from bringing up evidence which the court didn’t want to hear?

More information about the book can be found on the publisher’s website here.

Jamie Johnstone