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 events


29-30 August 2019, Thursday and Friday, Vera Anstey Room, Old Building, LSE

Department of International History: Global Social History: Class and Social Transformation in World History

This workshop will explore the ways in which a distinct social historical approach could open up new trajectories in global history.

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Past events (2018-19)


27-28 June 2019, Thursday and Friday, The National Archives and Lancaster House

Department of International History, The National Archives, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historians, the University of Strathclyde and the British International History Group: Peace making after the First World War 1919 – 1923

Keynote Speakers: Professor David Stevenson (pictured, LSE International History) and Professor Michael Cox (LSE IDEAS).

To mark the centenary of the signature of the Treaty of Versailles, the aforementioned institutions organised a two-day conference on the peace making process after the First World War.

The conference focused on the Treaty of Versailles and on the other treaties that marked the formal end of hostilities: Saint-Germain (Austria), Neuilly (Bulgaria), Trianon (Hungary), Sèvres (Ottoman Empire) and Lausanne (Turkey). The first day of the conference was held at The National Archives and included a keynote lecture by Professor Michael Cox and an exhibition of The National Archives’ unique collection of certified copies of all the treaties, alongside a selection of other materials. The second day of the conference was hosted by Foreign & Commonwealth Office Historians at Lancaster House, and included a keynote lecture by Professor David Stevenson.


15 May 2019, Wednesday, 9:00-19:00, FAW.9.05, LSE

Department of International History and LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre: International, Transnational, and Global Histories of the Nicaraguan Revolution, 1977-1990

A one-day workshop where scholars discussed and debateed the international, transnational, and global dimensions of the Nicaraguan Revolution and its present-day legacies.

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14 January to 17 April 2019, Library Gallery, LSE

Department of International History and LSE Library: Giving Peace a Chance: from the League of Nations to Greenham Common

Guest Curator: Professor David Stevenson

How was world peace sought in the 20th century? On the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the League of Nations, this exhibition explored some of the collections of LSE Library and the Women’s Library that help answer that question.

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26 March 2019, Tuesday, 18:30-20:00, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE

Department of International History, LSE IDEAS and Foreign & Commonwealth office: Chronicle of a Brexit Foretold? Britain and Europe in the Thatcher Era, 1975-85

Speaker: Sir Stephen Wall, Professor Piers Ludlow (LSE International History) and Dr Lindsay Aqui (University of Cambridge)
Chair: Professor Tony Travers (LSE Government)

This event marked the launch of The Official History of Britain and the European Community, Volume III: The Tiger Unleashed, 1975-1985 (Routledge 2018) by Sir Stephen Wall. As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, this book is the story of the stresses, quarrels, compromises and ambitions between the United Kingdom and her European partners from the 1975 referendum, when the British people voted by a large majority to stay in the European Community, into the second term of Margaret Thatcher's premiership.

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19 March 2019, Tuesday, 18:30-20:00, 32L.G.03, LSE

Book Launch: The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power

Speaker: Dr Megan Black
Commentators: Dr Kasia Paprocki (LSE Geography) and Professor Andrew Preston (University of Cambridge)
Chair: Dr Padraic X. Scanlan

When one thinks of the history of U.S. global expansion, the Department of the Interior rarely comes to mind. Its very name declares its narrow portfolio. Yet The Global Interior, Dr Megan Black’s new book, reveals that a government organ best known for managing domestic natural resources and operating national parks has constantly supported and projected American power--overseeing mineral pursuits in indigenous lands, formal territories, Third World nations, the continental shelf, and even outer space.

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28 February 2019, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre, LSE

Department of International History Annual Lecture: 'Breaking Up Is So Very Hard To Do’: Britain and the EU

Speaker: Professor Anne Deighton (University of Oxford)
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones

How are we to understand all the arguments surrounding the 2016 referendum? Where do we look for explanations, and how far back may we reach in this quest? Indeed, can the referendum and the subsequent ‘brexit’ negotiations be best understood through the lens of economics, politics - international and domestic, societal change, or legal procedures? It is now obvious that it is uncomfortable for mid-size powers to make proactive shifts in their international alignments. At the same time, it may be that the whole international system is undergoing its most profound challenge since World War II, and that Britain is just a part of this larger process. How can historians understand and make some sense of brexit while we are still ‘in the midst of events’?


25 February 2019, Monday, 13:00-14:15, Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE

LSE Festival: New World (Dis)Orders, International History Lecture: A New International Order? Peacemaking after the First World War

Speakers: Professor David Stevenson, Professor Michael Cox (LSE IDEAS) and Professor Annika Mombauer (Open University)
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones

A century after the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, this session reappraised the peace settlement that followed the First World War. This departmental event was part of the LSE Festival: New World (Dis)Orders which ran from Monday 25 February to Saturday 2 March 2019, with a series of events exploring how social science can tackle global problems.

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4 February 2019, Monday, 18:30-20:00, Wolfson Theatre, LSE

Department of International History and Department of Geography and Environment: Innovation and the Nation: what can we learn from the history of the British case 1900-2000?

Speaker: Professor David Edgerton (King's College London)
Chair: Dr Murray Low (LSE Geography and Environment)

This lecture examined the evolution of thinking about innovation and its practice in the United Kingdom in the twentieth-century, dispelling many myths which still dominate policy discourse.


17 January 2019, Thursday, 18:30-20:00Hong Kong Theatre, LSE

Department of International History and LSE IDEAS: Thinking about the Commonwealth in the era of Brexit

Speaker: Professor Philip Murphy (University of London)
Chair: Dr Joanna Lewis

Professor Philip Murphy discussed his latest book The Empire's New Clothes: the Myth of the Commonwealth with Dr Joanna Lewis. The discussion considered how the Commonwealth and other legacies of Empire featured in the debate about Brexit and Britain’s broader place in the world, and reflected on the chances of the Commonwealth successfully adapting to the challenges of the 21st century.

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27 November 2018, Tuesday, 18:30-20:00, CLM.4.02, LSE.

Department of International History and German Historical Institute London: Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture: Translating Feminism in National and Transnational Space. A Biographical Perspective on Women’s Movements around 1900

Speaker: Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor Johanna Gehmacher (LSE International History)
Chair: Professor Piers Ludlow (LSE International History)

Political movements such as women’s movements around 1900 operated mostly in national arenas. The ideas and demands they propagated were, however, circulated (and transformed) transnationally. The talk took the example of Käthe Schirmacher (1865-1930), a Danzig-born political activist who travelled widely through Europe before the Great War to discuss how women’s movements could share their different political concepts.

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22 November 2018, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, 32L.G.03, LSE

Book Launch: The Blue Frontier: Maritime Vision and Power in the Qing Empire by Dr Ronald C. Po

Speaker: Dr Ronald C. Po (LSE International History)
Commentators: Professor Hans van de Ven (University of Cambridge) and Professor Leigh Jenco (LSE Government)
: Professor Matthew Jones (LSE International History)

Roundtable discussion of Dr Ronald C. Po's first book, The Blue Frontier. He analysed the careful thinking behind Qing policies, exploring how and why the maritime frontier was imbued with particular meanings that demanded sustained political attention.

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23 October 2018, Tuesday, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Black History Month Event: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912): The Life of a Black British Composer

Speakers: Len Brown (film director and producer), Professor Chi-chi Nwanoku (Royal College of Music), Dr Imaobong Umoren (LSE International History), Dr Padraic X. Scanlan (LSE International History)
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones (LSE International History)

Film screening followed by roundtable discussion. This film  explores the remarkable life, music and political involvement of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the classical composer, who was born to a father from Sierra Leone descended from African-American slaves, and who shot to fame in Edwardian England and the United States, only to die at the tragically young age of 37.

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18 October 2018, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Department of International History, Royal Economic Society and LSE IDEAS: Ten Years after the Global Financial Crisis: What Have We Learned and What Did We Forget?

Speakers: Professor Sir Charles Bean (LSE Economics), Lord O'Donnell (House of Lords), Professor Catherine Schenk (University of Oxford, pictured), Dame Minouce Shafik (LSE Director)
Professor Lord Nicholas Stern (LSE Economics)

This event explored the causes of the 2008 global financial crash and the responses of the major advanced economies, which drew on the lessons of the 1930s. A decade on from the crisis, the global financial system has yet to return to ‘normal’, with prolonged low interest rates posing a risk to its stability. We reflected on previous financial crises and the policy lessons we have learned  – and failed to learn – from them.

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9 October 2018, Tuesday, 18:45-20:00, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

The Paulsen Programme Launch Event: Russia in the World

Speakers: Professor Dominic Lieven (Cambridge University), Professor Alexander Semenov (National Research University-Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg) and Professor Janet Hartley (LSE International History)
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones (LSE International History)

This event launched the Paulsen Programme at LSE International History Department, which has been set up to allow historians in Russia to realise their full potential in their research and to enable them to make a powerful impact within the worldwide community of historians.

Read more about The Paulsen Programme, hosted by the Department of International History at LSE.

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