Associate Professor Eleanor Hancock

Associate Professor of History
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 2 5114 5073
+61-2-626 88879


Building 29 Room 207


Dr Eleanor Hancock is a graduate of the Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. From 1979 to 1984 she was a diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs before taking up a position as a tutor in history at the University College of the University of New South Wales from 1984 to 1988. She was lecturer and senior lecturer in European and German history at Monash University from 1988 to 2001 before returning to the University of New South Wales @ ADFA in 2001.

Current Research Interests 

Axis campaigns in Greece 1940-1

The Prussian military tradition

Imperialism, including German models for Africa’s economic development and the inter-relationship between imperialism and National Socialist Germany 1939-1949

The legacy of National Socialism

Nigeria 1914-to the present



modern European history

modern German history, especially Nazism,  and British history

some capacity to supervise in African history and more contemporary research projects on West and Southern Africa


Dr Hancock is the current editor of War & Society Journal

For her Engagement story please click


Ernst Röhm: Hitler’s SA Chief of Staff (paperback edition, Palgrave, November 2011)

Complete Endnotes

Complete Bibliography


Ernst Röhm: Hitler’s SA Chief of Staff (Palgrave, 2008)

Complete Endnotes

Complete Bibliography


Stockings C; Hancock E, 2013, Swastika over the Acropolis, BRILL

Hancock E, 2012, Foreword

Hancock EI, 2011, Ernst Röhm: Hitler's SA Chief of Staff, Paperback, Palgrave MacMillan, New York

Hancock EI, 2008, Ernst Rohm Hitler`s SA Chief of Staff, Original, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, USA

Book Chapters

Hancock E, 2018, '‘Remembering Jeff Grey as a colleague', in Stanley P (ed.), Jeff Grey A Life in History, pp. 5 - 5

Hancock EI; McCormack C; Kennelly R; Gilchrist J; Islam J; Northcote M; Thomson K, 2017, 'From Dream to Reality: Sustaining a Higher Education Community of Practice Beyond Initial Enthusiasm', in McDonald J; Cater-Steel A (ed.), Communities of Practice: Facilitating Social Learning in Higher Education, Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 599 - 622,

Hancock EI, 2012, '"They also served": Exaggerating women's role in Australia's wars', in Stockings C (ed.), Anzac's Dirty Dozen: 12 Myths of Australian Military History, edn. 1st, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 100 - 111

Hancock EI, 2012, 'Introduction', in The Memoirs of Ernst Röhm, Frontline Books, Barnsley, pp. xv - xviii,

Hancock EI, 2010, 'Introduction', in Hitler's Storm Troopers A History of the SA The Memoirs of Wilfred von Oven, Pen & Sword Books, Barnsley, pp. 9 - 12

Hancock EI, 2010, 'Introduction', in The Memoirs of Ernst Röhm, edn. Original, FrontLine Publishers, London, pp. 9 - 12

Journal articles

Hancock E, 2020, 'Editor’s Note', War and Society, vol. 39, pp. 233,

Hancock E, 2019, 'Editor's Note', War and Society, vol. 38, pp. 1,

Hancock E, 2018, 'Editor’s note', War and Society, vol. 37, pp. 223,

Hancock E, 2017, 'Editor’s note', War and Society, vol. 36, pp. 155,

McCormack C; Gilchrist J; Hancock E; Islam J; Kennelly R; Northcote M; Thomson K, 2017, 'The alchemy of facilitation revealed through individual stories and collective narrative', Reflective Practice, vol. 18, pp. 42 - 54,

Stockings CA; Hancock E, 2015, '‘Rethinking Allied relationships during the Greek Campaign, April 1941’, , Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 6-32.', Global War Studies, vol. 11, pp. 6 - 32,

Stockings CA; hancock , 2014, 'The invasion of Greece in 1941 and the Nazi hordes that never were...', Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), vol. 16-17, pp. 147 - 164

Hancock EI; Gilchrist J; Islam J; McCormack C; Northcote M, 2013, '‘Collaborative Mentoring - reflection on the role of TATAL in the aftershock of a HERDSA Fellowship Application’', HERDSA News, vol. 35, pp. 16 - 18

Hancock EI, 2013, 'Review of Peter Longerich, Heinrich Himmler', Journal of Military History, vol. 76, pp. 1271 - 1273

Hancock EI, 2012, 'Ernst Rohm versus General Hans Kundt in Bolivia, 1929-30? The curious incident', Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 47, pp. 691 - 708,

Stockings CA; Hancock EI, 2012, 'Reconsidering the Luftwaffe in Greece, 1941', Journal of Military History, vol. 76, pp. 747 - 773

Hancock E, 2011, 'The purge of the SA reconsidered: "an old putschist trick"?', Central European History, vol. 44, pp. 669 - 683,

Hancock EI, 2011, 'The Purge of the SA Reconsidered: 'An Old Putschist Trick"?', The Purge of the SA Reconsidered: 'An Old Putschist Trick"?, vol. No. 44, pp. 669 - 683

Hancock EI, 2010, 'Review of 'Martin Kitchen, Rommel's Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941-1943', American Historical Review, vol. 115, pp. 1243 - 1244

Hancock EI, 2008, 'West’s infamous monster barely knowable', The Australian Weekend review, pp. 14 - 14

Hancock EI, 2008, 'Diplomacy with a difference: The Commonwealth office of High Commissioner, 1880-2006', Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 62, pp. 431 - 432

Hancock EI, 2005, 'Endkampf: Soldiers, civilians, and the death of the third Reich', American Historical Review, vol. 110, pp. 570 - 571

Hancock EI, 2001, 'Book Review', The Age, vol. 1, pp. 8 - 8

Hancock E, 1998, '"Only the real, the true, the masculine held its value": Ernst Röhm, masculinity, and male homosexuality', Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 8, pp. 616 - 641

Hancock E, 1994, 'Employment in Wartime: The experience of German women during the second World War', War and Society, vol. 12, pp. 43 - 68,

Hancock E, 1993, 'Women, Combat and the Military', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 17, pp. 88 - 98,