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Dr Sue Onslow


Dr Sue Onslow is an Associate of the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS. 

Sue Onslow is a leading oral history practitioner, and has published extensively on Southern Africa in the Cold War era. Between 1994 – 2010 she lectured and taught at the London School of Economics, and also at King’s College, London. In 2008-2010 she was PI and lead interviewer on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, ‘Why Did You Fight? Narratives of the Rhodesian War c.1970-1980’, based at the University of the West of England. She is currently Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she has just completed the major AHRC oral history project on the History of the Modern Commonwealth since 1965.

Her publications include, ‘We must gain Time.’ South Africa, Rhodesia and the Kissinger Initiative (South African Historical Journal, 56, 2006); Editor and contributor, Cold War In Southern Africa: White Power, Black Nationalism (Routledge 2009); Chris Saunders and Sue Onslow, chapter: Southern Africa in the Cold War 1976-1990 in A Westad and M Leffler (eds) Cambridge History of the Cold War, Volume III (Cambridge University Press, 2009). ‘Noises Off’: South Africa and the Lancaster House settlement 1979-1980’, JSAS Special Issue: Liberation Struggles, Exile and International Solidarity, Journal of Southern African Studies, 35, 2 (2009). ‘’‘The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale’. Media space and the End of the Cold War in Southern Africa’ in Kalinovsky, A and Radchenko, S: The End of the Cold War in The Third World (Routledge, 2010); Co-editor (with Anna-Mart Van Wyk): Southern Africa in the Cold War post 1974 (Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson Center, 2013).

Cambridge History of the Cold War