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.

New events


14 February 2018, Wednesday, LSE LIFE Workspace 4, Library, LSE

Department of International History Undergraduate Students Conference & Social Event: Using History: Beyond Graduation

This one-day conference and social event for second and final year International History undergraduate students, arising from the requests of students themselves, will explore several key topics in the study of modern history, including the value of studying the subject; look at the career paths taken by several of the Department’s recent graduates; and listen to the views and experiences of more advanced career alumni. Careers advisers will also be on hand to talk to students about their own ideas for the paths they would like to follow beyond graduation.  Throughout the day there will be opportunities to meet alumni from different sectors, discuss career aspirations, and ask questions. Luncha and refreshments will be provided. At the end of the conference we will gather for a social event at the upstairs room of The George pub.

Open to 2nd and 3rd-year International History students only.

Please register your attendance at


21 February 2018, Wednesday, 12:30-14:00, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Hosted by LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0, International History Lecture: Beveridge in Context: reconstruction planning during the Second World War and after

Speakers: Professor Matthew Jones, Professor David Stevenson and Dr David Motadel
Chair: Dr Megan Black

Academics from the Department of International History at LSE will reassess the 1942 Beveridge Report in the light of German, American, and British planning for reconstruction after World War II.

This event is free and open to all, but a ticket is required. Online booking will open for events in the LSE Festival from 12noon on Tuesday, 6 February 2018. For full details see Ticket Information.


22 February 2018, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

Department of International History Public Lecture: The View from Other Shores: Rethinking the Bengal Diaspora

Speaker: Professor Joya Chatterji (Professor of South Asian History, University of Cambridge)
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones

The global south is not merely a “source” of migrants, but their destination. This major research project on Bengali migration places the global south at the centre of analysis.

Free public event.


1 March 2018, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, TW2.9.05, LSE

Department of International History and IDEAS Cold War Studies Project: The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-Alignment

Speaker: Dr Vladimir Unkovski-Korica (University of Glasgow)
Chair: Professor Anita Prazmowska

This event is a lecture and book launch by PhD alumnus and former LSE Fellow, Dr Vladimir Unkovski-Korica. His first book is a critical examination of how international economic and geopolitical pressures can exacerbate internal socio-political contradictions in semi-peripheral countries. The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-Alignment (I.B. Tauris, 2016) explores the ways in which a global dynamics shaped and undermined early but flawed attempts at crafting a participatory economy, contributing to the re-emergence of the pre-war national question that was later central to the bloody collapse of the country.

Free public event.


15 March 2018, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

Annual Gulf History Lecture: The Arab/Persian Binary: histories of culture and conflict in the Persian Gulf

Speaker: Professor Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (Walter H Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania)
Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi

Arabs and Persians have historically been placed in a binary and oppositional relationship. This bifurcated past has influenced the contemporary politics and historiography of the region, with far-reaching consequences for the stability and economic viability of different Middle Eastern communities.

This clash of ethnicities becomes especially prominent in the Persian Gulf, where migrants, sailors, indigenous communities, and laborers have intermingled and forged a unique and multi-ethnic culture that defies facile categorization. Yet with the imposition of nationalism these multi-cultural communities have had to accept or adapt to the dominant state identity. This lecture will analyse the process of identity formation in the communities of the Persian Gulf by studying textual sources, as well as imperial and national objectives, that have determined these outcomes.

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

Free public event.


Recent events  


28 November 2017, Tuesday, 18:30, German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ

Department of International History and German Historical Institute London

GHIL Visiting Professorship Inaugural Lecture: National Security and Humanity. The Internment of Civilian “Enemy Aliens” During the First World War

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

In the “total” First World War, civilian “enemy aliens” became targets of stringent state control and internment, frequently in the name of “national security”. On the other hand, national and international humanitarian organisations supported these helpless victims of the war. To what extent and how did debates and conflicts about the relationship between security and humanity impact on the changing balance?

The Visiting Professorship is a joint project of the GHIL and the International History Department of the LSE and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.


15 November 2017, Wednesday, 18:30, Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Department of International History

Book Launch: 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution

Speaker: Professor David Stevenson
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones

This event comprised an illustrated talk about key developments in global political history during the pivotal year 1917, followed by a discussion. Professor David Stevenson summarized the research and arguments in his new book, 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2017).


27 October 2017, Friday, 10:00-12:00, The Women's Library, R01, Lower Ground Floor, Lionel Robbins Building, LSE

Department of International History

Black Month History: The Global in the Local

Speakers: Dr Megan Black, Dr Jack Hogan, Professor Matthew Jones and Dr Imaobong Umoren

The Department of International History hosted its inaugural Black History Month roundtable discussion based on the theme of the "Global in the Local". Speakers from the department discussed a range of topics including the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Little Rock incident, US black intellectuals and criticisms of aid development policy, black activists in interwar London, and the abolition of slavery in Zambia.

After the roundtable, the panel opened for questions and answers from the audience.


25 October 2017, Wednesday,  16:00-17:30, TW2.9.05, LSE

Department of International History and LSE United States Centre

Between the United States and Russia: Past and Present Perspectives on the creation of a separate European nuclear deterrent

Speakers: Professor Matthew Jones (LSE International History), Professor Wyn Bowen (KCL), Professor Lynn Eden (Stanford University), Dr Helen Parr (Keele University)
Chair: Professor Peter Trubowitz (LSE International Relations and LSE US Centre Director)

In the age of Trump and Brexit, does Europe need to rethink its security relationship with the US? Is it time for Europe to consider its own nuclear deterrent force?

Since the election of Donald Trump as US President there has been much discussion of the strained security relationship between the United States and its European NATO allies. Trump's assertions that the Europeans need to contribute more toward their own security, his position on several key international political issues (such as attitudes to Russian policy), and his past reluctance to offer all-out endorsement to America's Article 5 obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty, have contributed to the sense that transatlantic ties have loosened. Some commentators have spoken of the need for France and Germany, in a post-Brexit Europe, to rethink their security relationship and look more to their own defence needs, and even, with the US nuclear guarantee perhaps in doubt, to consider a separate European deterrent force.

We have, however, been here before. On several occasions in the 1960s and 1970s, when it looked as though the US nuclear guarantee to NATO in Western Europe was in doubt, ideas emerged for the creation of some kind of European-based nuclear force, whether it be an Anglo-French combination (mooted by Macmillan in 1961-62, and again by Harold Wilson in 1967), or perhaps Multilateral Force (under joint control, with US leadership and involvement), or perhaps on a Franco-German basis (the underlying fear of both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations which helped make them push for an MLF).

This seminar used the recent occasion of the publication of the first two volumes of the official history of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent, to examine these past perspectives on a European nuclear deterrent force, positioned between the US and Soviet Union, and to make comparisons to the present. Why did such schemes emerge? What practical mechanics did they involve? What were the obstacles that lay in the path to their creation? Did the experience of the 1960s and 1970s hold any lessons for today?


5 October 2017, Thursday, 18h30, Hong Kong Theatre, 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 explored 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 emphasised the impact of Gorbachev's personality on his policies and role in world history.

Listen to the recording