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Dr Luc-André Brunet


Dr Luc-André Brunet is the Pinto Post-Doctoral Fellow at LSE IDEAS and Deputy Head of the Cold War Studies Programme. He is also Book Review Editor for the journal Cold War History and acts as Managing Editor for LSE IDEAS Reports.

Luc earned his PhD in International History at LSE in 2014 for which he was awarded a SSHRC doctoral fellowship.  His thesis, ‘The New Industrial Order: Vichy, Steel, and the Origins of the Monnet Plan, 1940-1946’, explores the emergence of the Cold War in France and the institutional and personal continuities from Vichy France to the post-war Fourth Republic and the European Coal and Steel Community. 

Before starting at LSE, Luc completed his Master of Arts in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at l’Université Libre de Bruxelles and Carleton University (Ottawa).  As an undergraduate, he studied Humanities at Carleton and History at Sciences Po (Paris).  He was also chercheur invité at the Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po in 2013. 

Luc currently teaches 'Crisis Decision-Making in War and Peace, 1914-2003' (HY400) in the International History Department at LSE.  He is also course organiser for the joint LSE-Sciences Po Contemporary International History Seminar (HY510) and Academic Officer for the Philippe Roman Chair.

Areas of expertise:

Twentieth-century Europe, with particular emphasis on:

  • European integration and the Cold War
  • French economic and foreign policy
  • Vichy France and the Second World War
  • Transatlantic relations


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Luc-André Brunet explains on CNN why we are not in the midst of a new Cold War
On the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gorbachev has warned that the world is in the midst of a new Cold War. In an interview with CNN, Luc-André Brunet, Deputy Head of the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS, argues that while relations between the West and Russia are at a new low, "the Cold War was much more than bad relations between Russia and the West".

Call for Papers: LSE-GWU-UCSB Graduate Conference on the Cold War
LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Programme of the London School of Economics and Political Science (CWSP), the George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW), and the Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California at Santa Barbara are pleased to announce their 2015 International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, to take place at the London School of Economics from 30 April – 2 May 2015. We encourage submissions by graduate students working on any aspect of the Cold War, broadly defined. To be considered, each prospective participant should submit a two-page proposal and a brief academic CV (in Word or pdf format) to Luc-André Brunet at l.brunet@lse.ac.uk by 24 January 2015. Notification of acceptance will occur by 16 February. Successful applicants will be expected to e-mail their papers (no longer than 25 pages) by 17 March.

Dr Luc-André Brunet appointed Pinto Post-Doctoral Fellow at LSE IDEAS
Dr Luc-André Brunet has been appointed the new Pinto Post-Doctoral Fellow in Contemporary International History at LSE IDEAS for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Fellowship is awarded to a successful post-viva PhD student who has worked on a topic related Cold War history, broadly conceived, and is aimed at supporting post-doctoral candidates prepare their thesis for publication.

New LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History
The Cold War Studies Programme, in cooperation with the LSE Department of International History and the Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po, has launched a new joint seminar on contemporary international history.