The Department of International History hosts numerous lectures, roundtables, debates and workshops by our academics, visiting academics and others. Members of the Department are also involved in a series of events around LSE. Below is a list of these events by chronological order. Our events are usually free and open to all. We make video and audio recordings available whenever possible.

Upcoming public events


5 October 2017, Thursday, 18h30, Hong Kong Theater, LSE

Department of International History and LSE IDEAS: Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Speaker: Professor William Taubman
Chair: Professor Vladislav Zubok

In this lecture, Pulitzer Prize winner William Taubman explores how a peasant boy rose to the top of the Soviet system and ended it, why the Communist regime allowed him to destroy it, why Gorbachev’s dream of democratising the USSR failed, how he and President Reagan turned out to be almost perfect partners, and why Gorbachev permitted Eastern Europe to abandon Communism with firing a shot. Taubman’s talk will emphasise the impact of Gorbachev's personality on his policies and role in world history.

This event is free and open to all but registration is required. To register, or if you have any questions, please e-mail


27 October 2017, Friday, 11:00-13:00, LSE

Department of International History, Black Month History: The Global in the Local

Speakers: Dr Megan Black, Professor Matthew Jones and Dr Imaobong Umoren (pictured)

A student roundtable discussion on ‘The Global in the Local’, an event intended to mark the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock School Crisis in 1957.

This event is open to students only.


Tuesday, 28 November, LSE

GHIL Visiting Professorship Lecture

Speaker: Professor Arnd Bauerkämper (GHIL Visiting Professor, 2017-18)

More information coming soon.

This event is free and open to all.

Recent events  


28 April 2017, Friday, LSE IDEAS, Tower 2, Room 9.04, LSE

LSE IDEAS: The Balkans in the Cold War: Book Launch Discussion

Speakers: Dr Svetozar Rajak, Professor Arne Westad, Dr Vesslin Dimitrov, Professor Evanthis Hatzivassiliou, Dr Eirini Karamouzi and Dr Konstantina E. Botsiou

The new edited volume ‘Balkans in the Cold War’ contains 16 contributions from renowned experts and scholars on how the global Cold War manifested in the Balkans. The book covers five key themes: the nascent Cold War, region’s uneasy relations with the Superpowers, military alliances, the role of ideology, culture and identity, and the dilemmas the Balkans faced in the 1970s and the 1980s. The event featured a Q&A with the editors on these themes, with introductory comments by Professor Arne Westad and Dr Vesselin Dimitrov.

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21 March 2017, Tuesday, 18:00-19:00, CON.7.05, LSE

The Idea of Russia - Book Launch and Conversation with Professor Vladislav Zubok

Speaker: Professor Vladislav Zubok

In his new book, published in January 2017 by I.B.Tauris, Professor Zubok explores the life and works of eminent Russian intellectual Dmitry Likhachev, ranked by the contemporaries as one of the two ‘main natural ideologues of contemporary Russia,’ next to Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The life of Likhachev (1906-1999) spanned the century from Tsarist rule to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of contemporary Russia. Born in St. Petersburg, Likhachev was arrested shortly after completing his university education, charged with counter-revolutionary ideas and imprisoned for four years in the Gulag. He was able to return to his home city, stayed there during the worst time of the Siege in 1941-42. During those trying times, Likhachev defended his dissertation and became a scholar of ancient Russian culture. After Stalin’s death in 1953, he became a public intellectual, engaged in the preservation of legacy and revival of cultural life of his country. One of his main missions was to combat Russian nationalism and to overcome cultural alienation between Russia and Europe.


15 March 2017, Wednesday, 14:00-16:00, 32 LIF G.24, LSE

Post-1945 US Cold War Public Diplomacy, and the Voices and Sounds of Empire

Speakers: Professor Andrew Rotter (Colgate University): ‘Imperial Soundscapes: India and the Philippines’
Professor Jason Parker (Texas A&M University): ‘A “New Babel of Voices”: US Cold War Public Diplomacy and the Rise of the Third World’
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones (pictured)


6 March 2017, Monday, 17:00, Vera Anstey Room, Old Building, LSE

Department of International History and The Radical Americas Network: In Conversation with George Ciccariello-Maher

Speaker: Dr George Ciccariello-Maher
Chair: Dr William Booth

In conversation with Dr William Booth (Radical Americas Network and LSE), Dr Ciccariello-Maher discussed the current state of the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela, as well as his new book - which brings the theories of Sorel, Fanon and Dussel to a Venezuelan context - and the challenges for radical academics in the current conjuncture.

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22 February 2017, Wednesday, 16:30-18:00, Wolfson Theatre, LSE

Department of International History and LSE Literary Festival: 1917: Historical and Global Perspectives

SpeakersDr Tanya Harmer, Dr Nataliya Kibita, Dr David Motadel
ChairProfessor David Stevenson

The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 transformed the world. But it was neither the first global revolution nor the last revolution to have widespread resonance. So how should we understand its significance and relationship to global history 100 years after it took place? To discuss these issues, this panel placed 1917 in a historical perspective and examined its implications around the world.

LSE's 9th Literary Festival marked the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, but also anniversaries of revolutions in literature, international relations, politics, religion and science.

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2 February 2017, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre, LSE

Department of International History Public Lecture: The Holocaust: Mentality of the Perpetrators

Speaker: Laurence Rees
Chair: Professor Janet Hartley

How can we understand the mentality of those who conceived and implemented the Holocaust? By drawing on both his research for his recent book on the Holocaust, as well as the personal experience of meeting a number of those who were involved in the killing process, Laurence Rees reveals the mentalities of a number of the killers.


30 January 2017, Monday, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Annual Gulf History Lecture: The Saudi Royal Family: Modernisation and Succession

Speaker: Steve Coll
Chair: Dr David Motadel

Since the birth of modern Saudi Arabia circa 1925, the course of the kingdom’s modernisation has been influenced by succession, consensus and conflict within the House of Saud. Today the kingdom stands at a crossroads without precedent in the royal family’s modern history as King Salman and his surviving brothers apparently seek to combine a leap of succession to the throne down generations with bold modernisation plans and departures in foreign policy. What his the historical backdrop for this dramatic turn in the royal family’s history and where will it lead Saudi Arabia and the Middle East?

This event was hosted by the Department of International History with the generous support of the LSE Kuwuait Programme.

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