Tiia Sahrakorpi




BA (Hons) in History, MPhil in Modern European History

Current Study:

PhD in German

Research Topic:

Third Reich, postwar West and East Germany

Research Interests:

Modern European history, Gender history, nationalism, Cold War, popular culture, film history, visual culture, big data projects

Title of Dissertation:

Memories of the Third Reich in Hitler Youth Life Narratives

About Me:

I am a PhD history student, with a love for computers and writing for different types of genres. Whilst my PhD takes up most of my day, working with everyone at HTTP is a humbling experience. I am interested in learning more about big data in history, advocating for collaboration among historians, and creating bonds between historians and everyone else. History is about us and is for all of us. I want this message to be what our site is about. We should never stop searching for who we are and where we came from.

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A Historian’s Reflections on writing up, editing, and finishing your PhD

I have not formally announced anything about finishing my thesis draft on social media. My family, whenever they call or message me, hesitantly ask, “So…how’s your thesis?” I grumble a non-committal response with a sigh. Many of my friends, who are also writing up, have written enthusiastic statuses about having...


Depicting Finland’s 100 years, or the coin controversy

In early April, the Finnish Ministry of Finance announced its anniversary coinage, celebrating 100 years of Finland’s independence. The coinage was to depict scenes from the country’s history. Controversy struck quickly: the first coin, representing the Finnish civil war, features a soldier about to be shot at close range. However,...


Postwar Germany and the role of women

When a country returns back to normal after a war ends, there are many changes to the everyday lives of soldiers—and their families. Postwar Germany, virtually razed to the ground during the Second World War, had to not only go through a process of denazification, but also deal with rebuilding...


Exploring the Cold War via Video Games

Using the Cold War as a theme in video games is nothing new. It has been used as a backdrop for PC games since at least the mid-1980s, and continues to be a popular trope today. The majority of games using the war as source material are strategy games, unsurprisingly,...


HTTP Turns 2: Making HTTP Great Again

Yesterday our blog turned two! If it was a child, it would be asking “Why?” all the time; be able to walk, run, and jump with both feet; and, most importantly, climb furniture (instead, we have Muz for that). Last year, we were still learning how to crawl. As a...


Inside out, or a look at history of emotions

Emotions are hard. Pixar attempted to make this easier with Inside Out (2015), by creating characters to represent and interpret our base emotions (anger, sadness, joy, fear, and disgust). But in one hundred or five hundred years, what will this film tell future generations about how we experienced, understood and...


What exactly is populism?

In the past six months the political status quo has been questioned in both the UK and the US. Many in the US were shocked that Trump, a populist rightwinger, won the electoral college vote. In the UK, Remainers were incredulous over Leavers winning the Brexit vote, which illustrated how...


Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Perpetration, Complicity and Collaboration: Conference Report

On 21 October 2016, the Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at UCL, with the support of the IAS Octagon Small Grants Fund, organised the one-day workshop on ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Perpetration, Complicity, and Collaboration in Nazi-dominated Europe’. In the past two decades, research into perpetrators, collaborators, and...