Jürgen Tampke was born in 1944 in Brandenburg, Germany, and migrated to Australia in 1964. Following a first-class honours degree at Macquarie University (1971), he completed a PhD at the Australian National University (1975). Jürgen occupied the position of Associate Professor in History, University of New South Wales, before his retirement. He is the author of numerous books on European and Australian History. His latest, A Perfidious Distortion of History. The Versailles peace Treaty and the success of the Nazis, was listed by the Irish Independence among the best book of 2017.