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Dr N. Piers Ludlow

LudlowPiersDr Ludlow's main research interests lie in the history of Western Europe since 1945, and in particular in the historical roots of the European integration process and the early stages of development of the EU. He is also interested in the history of the cold war in Europe and is an editor of Cold War History.

Dr Ludlow studied for his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, Oxford before moving on to St Antony's College Oxford to study for his D.Phil. He was then a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford until he joined the LSE in 1998.

Piers Ludlow has just completed a six month spell as a visiting fellow at the History Department, Princeton University. While in the US his research focused on the development of transatlantic relations during the cold war – and in particular in the way in which the Americans sought to balance their bilateral and multilateral dealings with their Western European allies. The eventual plan is to produce a wide-ranging monograph on this theme drawing upon research from both US and European archives. In the shorter term, Dr. Ludlow is also planning a detailed historical investigation of the Treaty of Rome negotiations which, inexplicably in view of their subsequent importance, still await a comprehensive archival treatment.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Europe
  • Cold War

Recent Publications


  • Europe and the End of the Cold War: A Reappraisal (Routledge, 2008).
  • European Integration and the Cold War: Ostpolitik-Westpolitik, 1965-1973 (Routledge, 2007)
  • The European Community and the Crises of the 1960s: Negotiating the Gaullist Challenge (Routledge: 2006)
  • Les administrations nationales et la construction européenne: une approche historique (1919-1975) (Peter Lang, 2005)
  • Dealing with Britain: The Six and the First UK Membership Application (Cambridge University Press, 1997) 

Chapters in books

  • 'The Green Heart of Europe: the rise and fall of the CAP as Europe's central policy, 1965-85' in K. Patel (ed.), Fertile Ground for Europe? The history of European integration and the Common Agricultural Policy since 1945 (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2009);
  • 'The European Commission and the Rise of Coreper: A controlled experiment' in W. Kaiser, M. Rasmussen & B. Leucht (eds.), The History of the European Union: Origins of a trans- and supranational polity, 1950-72 (London: Routledge, 2009);
  • 'Value, Flexibility and Openness: The Treaty of Rome's Success in Historical Perspective' in J. Baquero-Cruz & C. Closa Montero (eds.), European Integration from Rome to Berlin: 1957-2007. History, Law and Politics (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2009);
  • 'Widening, Deepening and Opening Out: Towards a Fourth Decade of European Integration History' in Wilfried Loth (ed.), Experiencing Europe: 50 Years of European Construction (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2009);
  • 'European Integration – A Cold War Phenomenon?' in Odd Arne Westad & Mel Leffler (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Cold War, vol. 2, (Cambridge University Press, 2009) .