Latest stories from the Department

Latest news about the Department and its members, such as new appointments, publications, book launches, awards received, speaking engagements, media coverage and standings in world and national ranks.

November 2017


German edition of Dr David Motadel's book out now

The German edition of Dr David Motadel’s book, Islam and Nazi Germany's War (Harvard University Press, 2014), was published by Klett-Cotta this month. To mark the release of the new edition, titled Für Prophet und Führer: Die islamische Welt und das Dritte Reich, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an excerpt of the book on 7 November. On 13 November, Dr Motadel spoke to the newspaper Deutsche Welle about the German edition of his award winning book. He discussed whether pragmatism or anti-Semitism drove Adolf Hitler's overtures and why some Muslim leaders backed him. The book will be officially launched in Stuttgart, Germany, on Tuesday, 21 November, at 19h30 in the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. Future editions in French and Persian will be released in late 2018 by La Découverte and Saless, respectively.


Professor Vladislav Zubok guest panelist at international conference in Miller Center

On 8 November, Professor Zubok was on a panel with former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott (Brookings Institution) and Professor Arne Westad (Harvard - former LSE International History) at an international conference in the Miller Centre, University of Virginia, US. The conference, titled "U.S. Presidents Confront the Russians: A Century of Challenge, 1917-2017", aimed to place the current US-Russia relationship into broad historical context by returning to key historical moments of crisis and controversy as well as restraint and compromise. By exploring U.S. presidents and their ties to Russian and Soviet leaders, and by analysing the perceptions of the latter, the event hoped to illuminate the real nature of the bilateral relationship: the underlying forces, ideological, geopolitical, strategic, historic—that have placed the United States and Russia at cross-purposes for the past century.

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Professor Piers Ludlow on Brexit negotiations

Professor Ludlow contributed a post to the LSE Brexit blog. He argues that Britain is making the same mistake about the EU now as Harold Macmillan did about the European Community in the 1960s. Only if the UK makes major concessions is progress likely to be made. Read his insights on the Brexit negotiations.


Dr David Motadel awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize

Assistant Professor of International History Dr David Motadel has been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize. Dr Motadel works on the history of modern Europe and Europe’s relations with the wider world. Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers at early stages of their career whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. This year, the Trust offered five prizes in each of the following disciplines: Biological Sciences, History, Law, Mathematics and Statistics, Philosophy and Theology, Sociology and Social Policy. Prize winners receive an award of £100,000 each, which may be used to promote further research.


Dr Kristina Spohr on Putin and German elections

Associate Professor Dr Kristina Spohr was at Cambridge Festival of Ideas on Wednesday, 25 October, to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy. Alongside Professor David Reynolds (Cambridge University), co-editor of Transcending the Cold War, they brought alive Putin’s worldview, blending historical analysis with entertaining vignettes from some of his most vivid summits. The event, called “We need to talk abut Putin!”, took place in St John's College Old Divinity School. On 1 November, Dr Spohr was at Chatham House in London, to participate in an event entitled, "After the Election: A New Political Landscape in Germany?". The event also featured Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor of the The Economist, and Martin Stabe, Data Journalist of the Financial Times. The election in Germany on 24 September resulted in Angela Merkel securing a fourth term as chancellor but also saw her CDU party's worst electoral performance since 1949 and, for the first time in over half a century, six different parties occupying seats in the Bundestag.




Professor David Stevenson in Kansas City for Symposium on WWI

Professor David Stevenson will be speaking at the 2017 Symposium 1917: America Joins the Fight in Kansas City on 3-4 November. The symposium, hosted by The National WWI Museum and Memorial, is aimed at those who have a general to professional interest in the periods prior to, during and after World War I. As the title suggests, the symposium will explore the revolutionary year of 1917 with the abandonment of US’s traditional isolation and the Russian revolutions. Other guest speakers include John Calvert, Richard S. Faulkner, Jennifer Keene, Saje Matthieu, Michael Neiberg, Olga Porshneva and Erik R. Scott.


Dr Tanya Harmer in Chile for public talks

Dr Tanya Harmer spoke at two public events on the centenary of the 1917 revolutions in Santiago, Chile, this month. On the 19th she was at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to take part in a public seminar, called "The Russian revolutions a hundred years on". She gave a talk on the historiography of the Cold War in Latin America. On 23-25 October, she attended a major international conference at the Nicanor Parra Library, entitled "The Bolshevik Revolution a hundred years on: the experience of 'real socialism' and the dilemmas of the contemporary world.” On the last day of the conference, she presented a paper on the legacy and impact of the Bolshevik Revolution on the Cold War in Latin America.


New book by Dr Padraic X. Scanlan on antislavery out now

Dr Scanlan’s first book, Freedom’s Debtors: British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolutions, was released by Yale University Press on 24 October. The book, published as part of the Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History, argues that British antislavery, widely seen as an historic sacrifice of economic and political capital on the altar of humanitarianism, was in fact profitable, militarily useful, and crucial to the expansion of British power in West Africa. Order the book on Amazon UK (available in hardcover and Kindle edition).


LSE Excellence in Education Awards

The Department is very pleased to announce that Dr Tanya Harmer, Dr Heather Jones (pictured) and Dr Padraic X. Scanlan have won a 2016-17 LSE Excellence in Education Award. Designed to support the School’s aspiration of creating ‘a culture where excellence in teaching is valued and rewarded on a level with excellence in research’ (LSE Strategy 2020), winners of the Excellence in Education Awards are recommended by LSE Heads of Department who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.


Documentary film screening ‘Those Who Dare’ and panel discussion

On 17 October, Dr Sophr chaired a panel discussion on the Baltic nations’ path to independence from the USSR after the premiere screening of documentary film "Those Who Dare". The film recounts how the former Icelandic foreign minister Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson’s involvement in challenging the legacy of WWII helped to make Baltic independence a reality after the international community had ignored claims for independence made by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from 1989 to 1991. The discussion featured Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, screenwriter Kolfinna Baldvinsdóttir, as well as Tunne Kelam, Member of the European Parliament and one of the leading figures in Estonia’s quest to restore independence.  The event, attended by the ambassadors of Estonia and Iceland, Tiina Intelmann and Thórdur Aegir Óskarsson, took place in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.


Professor Zubok in Oxford for public lecture

Professor Vladislav Zubok gave a public talk at St Antony's College, University of Oxford, on 16 October. The talk, entitled “Dmitry Likhachev and the dilemmas of Russian Cultural Nationalism”, was based on his latest book, The Idea of Russia: The Life and Work of Dmitry Likhachev, which focuses on the life and work of one of the most prominent Russian intellectuals of the twentieth century.


Dr Alvandi on BBC/NPR Marketplace programme

On 12 October, Dr Roham Alvandi was on BBC World Service/NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report talking about Trump’s impending decision on the Iran nuclear agreement. As the deadline for President Donald Trump to recertify the Iran nuclear deal looms, Dr Alvandi examined the implications for Europe, Asia and the rest of the global business community if sanctions are to be reimposed. Catch up with his interview in Marketplace's website.


New book by Professor David Stevenson out now

1917: War, Peace, and Revolution is Professor Stevenson’s new book, was released by Oxford University Press on 12 October. The book is the first international study of the calamitous events of the year 1917, a pivotal year in the development of the First World War and the evolution of the modern world. Professor Stevenson, a leading historian of WWI, examines how the war was transformed, but also what kept it going and why it continued to escalate. He also examines this crucial year in context and illuminates the century that followed. Two developments in particular — the Russian Revolution and American intervention — had long-lasting and worldwide repercussions. Blending political and military history, and moving from capital to capital and between the cabinet chamber and the battle front, Professor Stevenson's book highlights the often tumultuous debates through which leaders entered and escalated the war, and the paradox that continued fighting could be justified as the shortest road towards regaining peace. Read more about 1917 in the OUP's website. Order the book on Amazon UK.


Dr Joanna Lewis at Yale University

Dr Joanna Lewis was at Yale University on 12 October to talk about how she wrote her forthcoming book, Empire of Sentiment: The Death of Livingstone and the Myth of Victorian Imperialism. Her public lecture, entitled "Death, Iconicity and Emotion: (the journey) to Livingstone, Africa and an Empire of Sentiment”, is part of the International History Workshop series, sponsored by the History Department and the Council of African Studies. Dr Lewis's book, to be released by Cambridge University Press in January 2018, is the first emotional history of the British Empire. It explores how David Livingstone's death tied together British imperialism and Victorian humanitarianism and inserted it into popular culture.



Award winning essay by PhD Candidate Anne Irfan out now

In February 2017, PhD candidate Anne Irfan jointly won the Jerusalem Quarterly Ibrahim Dakkak Annual Award for Outstanding Essay on Jerusalem. Her winning essay, "Is Jerusalem International or Palestinian? Rethinking UNGA Resolution 181", has now been published in a special issue of Jerusalem Quarterly (Summer, issue 70). Anne Irfan is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Palestinian nationalism in the refugee camps (1967-82) under the supervision of Dr Kirsten Schulze. She is also a Teaching Fellow in Middle Eastern History at the University of Sussex.


New article on 18th C. Northeast Chinese port city Dengzhou by Dr Ronald C. Po

Dr Po’s newest article, entitled “A Port City in Northeast China: Dengzhou in the Long Eighteenth Century”, was released online in September 2017 by the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. In his article, Dr Po investigates the importance of Northeast China's port cities by focusing particular attention on the less familiar coastal seaport of Dengzhou. By detailing and examining the political and economic importance of this port city in the early modern period, Dr Po shows that Qing China's northeastern coast was no less important than the southeast. Even if China's northern port cities might not have been as economically vibrant as those in the south (e.g. Shanghai, Canton, Xiamen, and Macau), one should not overlook their functions and histories. Indeed, they also attained unique patterns of political and economic development throughout the long eighteenth century. LSE users, can access the article freely in the publisher's website.


Dr Heather Jones presents "The Frontline Prince" on BBC Radio 4

Dr Heather Jones was on BBC Radio 4 programme "The Frontline Prince" on 18 September, talking about the First World War experience of the future King Edward VIII. The programme, written and presented by Dr Jones, reveals the true story of the first front-line prince, at a time vital to the development and public image of the future King Edward VIII, drawing on new research from the Royal Archives. Dr Jones tells the story of the Prince who wanted to fight - and whose bravery turned sour in the years of conflict. Listen to it on BBC iPlayer (UK only).


Dr Roham Alvandi new Head of LSE IDEAS Cold War Studies Project

Dr Roham Alvandi has now succeeded Professor Piers Ludlow, now Deputy Head of Department and Director of Teaching Programmes, as head of Cold War Studies Project. LSE IDEAS has been the home of Cold War Studies since 2004. “Now in its second decade”, Dr Alvandi told LSE IDEAS, “the Cold War Studies Project is the legacy of the groundbreaking research on the global Cold War that the LSE is known for throughout the world. Building on the work of Mick Cox, Arne Westad, Piers Ludlow, and many other colleagues at LSE and our partner institutions, we hope in the years ahead to continue our global approach to the study of the Cold War".


Dr Heather Jones's IHR special issue positively reviewed by H-Diplo

On 13 September, H-Diplo published a very positive article review of the special edition of International History Review that Dr Heather Jones co-edited with Richard Smith of the Foreign Office Historians Team. The IHR special edition, called "Sir Edward Grey and the Outbreak of the First World War", was published last year (volume 38, issue 2) and includes contributions by F. R. Bridge (University of Leeds), Sir Christopher Clark (University of Cambridge), John Keiger (University of Cambridge), Annika Mombauer (The Open University), T. G. Otte (University of East Anglia) and Keith Wilson (University of Leeds). Read the H-Diplo review by Keith Hamilton (KCL), Keith Robbins (Independent Scholar) and Andreas Rose (University of Bonn/LSE) in the H-Diplo website.


Dr Ronald C. Po in Hong Kong for public lecture

Dr Ronald C. Po was in Hong Kong on 14 September to give a public lecture at the Hong Kong Baptist University. His lecture was on “What is Maritime History? Some Observations and Reflections”. Dr Po specialises in the history of late imperial China and on maritime and global studies. His forthcoming book, under contract with Cambridge University Press, is called The Blue Frontier: Maritime Vision and Power in the Qing Empire.


New article by Professor Marc D. Baer on Hugo Marcus's Islam

In his newest article, "Protestant Islam in Weimar Germany: Hugo Marcus and 'The Message of the Holy Prophet Muhammad to Europe'", Professor Marc D. Baer explores the Islam envisioned in the extensive writings of one of the most prominent German converts to Islam in Weimar Germany, the Jewish poet, philosopher, and political activist Hugo Marcus (1880–1966). The article, published by the New German Critique last month, engages with German responses to the rupture of World War I and the realm of imagined political possibilities in Weimar Germany by focusing on one such utopia overlooked in historiography, Marcus's German-Islamic synthesis. LSE users can read the article for free.


New publication by Dr Heather Jones

A new chapter by Dr Heather Jones on “Cultures of Commemoration: remembering the First World War in Ireland” features in Atlas of the Irish Revolution - a major new scholarly work published in Ireland this month. The Atlas, released by Cork University Press, draws together existing and ongoing new research into the revolutionary period in a broad ranging and inclusive manner. It includes contributions from leading scholars across a range of disciplines, incorporating the "big issues", while also maintaining a close focus on events as they impacted at a local level. The Atlas also includes sections on the evolution of revolution, and on its aftermath, legacy and the collective memory and cultural representation of this fascinating, transformative period of Irish history. Read more about the magnificent Atlas of the Irish Revolution, edited by John Crowley, Mike Murphy and Donal ó Drisceoil, in the book's official website.


Staff news, 2017-18

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Dr Roham Alvandi, Dr Tim Hochstrasser, Dr Kirsten Schulze and Dr Taylor Sherman are back this month from their sabbatical/research leave. Professor Steven Casey, Dr Tanya Harmer, Professor Janet Hartley, Dr Heather Jones, Dr Joanna Lewis, Professor Anita Prazmowska, Dr Padraic X. Scanlan, Dr Kristina Spohr and Dr Paul Stock will be on research/sabbatical leave in 2017-18 and we wish them all the best with their academic endeavours. We are also thrilled to announce that five new members of staff will be officially joining us this month: Assistant Professor Dr Megan Black, Assistant Professor Dr Imaobong Umoren, LSE Teaching Fellow Dr Jack Hogan, 2017-18 Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor Arnd Bauerkämper and 2017-18 LSE-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Fellow in Modern History Dr Andreas Rose.



Dr David Motadel on the history of fascism in the United States

“It has never been more important to acknowledge the history of fascism and neo-fascism in America than it is today”, claims Dr David Motadel in his latest opinion piece for The Guardian, entitled “The United States was never immune to fascism. Not then, not now”, and published online on 17 August. Dr Motadel traces the American fascist and neo-fascist movements from the interwar period until today, where although remaining fringe groups, he argues, Trump’s victory has given them new confidence. “America is currently experiencing a wave of increasingly aggressive far-right and neo-fascist activism. Observers have routinely considered fascism an ideology alien to American society. Yet it has deeper roots in American history than most of us have been willing to acknowledge.” An extended version of Dr Motadel’s opinion piece was published in print on 19 August.


Professor Steven Casey on Trump's nuclear bluster precedent

"The closest a US president has come to anticipating Trump’s shockingly bellicose statement was Harry Truman, during the Korean War", argues Professor Steven Casey in his latest piece for the The Interpreter (11 August). Much alike Donald Trump's bluster, Truman’s words also sent shockwaves through the world. Read the full piece, “Korea: Trump’s nuclear bluster has just one precedent”, in the Lowy Institute website.


NSS results show high satisfaction among International History students

In the August 2017 National Student Survey, the Department of International History recorded high levels of student satisfaction with the courses and teaching on offer, making it one of the best performing history departments in the UK with an overall satisfaction rate of 92%.  The Department is confident that it can provide an excellent learning environment and a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for all of our students.


Promotion news

We are thrilled to announce that Dr Joanna Lewis (pictured) has been promoted to Associate Professor and Dr Piers Ludlow has been promoted to Professor. Both positions became official on 1 August 2017. Dr Joanna Lewis is an expert in Modern Africa History. Her forthcoming book Empire of Sentiment: Livingstone and myth of Victorian imperialism is coming out in 2017 published by Cambridge University Press. She is currently writing a book on the history of British journalists in Africa from Henry Morton Stanley to the present day. She teaches courses on the British Empire and Africa and holds an LSE Teaching Prize. Professor Piers Ludlow's research focuses on the history of the European integration process and on Britain’s troubled relationship with it. He is the author of Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976-1980 (Palgrave, 2016). Professor Ludlow teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on European Integration and on the Cold War. In 2016, he was awarded an LSE Excellence in Education Award with other members of the Department.


New Head of Department, Professor Matthew Jones

We are delighted to announce that Professor Matthew Jones is the new Head of Department as of 1 August 2017. He succeeds Professor Janet Hartley. Professor Jones joined us in 2013 as Professor of International History, after lecturing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and at the University of Nottingham. His interests span many aspects of the history of British and American foreign and defence policy in the twentieth century, as well as the Cold War more generally and the end of empire in South East Asia. His latest publications are a two volume official history exploring British nuclear policy between 1962 and 1982, released by Routledge this year: The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent. Volume I: From the V-Bomber Era to the Arrival of Polaris, 1945-64 and The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent. Volume II: The Labour Government and the Polaris Programme, 1964-70. Professor Jones teaches International History since 1890, British Foreign and Defence Policy, 1931-1968 and An International History of Nuclear Weapons and the Arms Race from the Second World War to the End of the Cold War.



Professor David Stevenson on 5 News

Professor David Stevenson was on Channel 5 News on 31 July to talk about World War I’s Battle of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres, a hundred years on. During the Battle of Passchendaele, an estimated 245,000 allied and 215,000 German casualties (dead, wounded or missing) fell after approximately 100 days of heavy fighting for a movement of the front line of only 8 kilometres. Watch a video clip of Professor Stevenson's interview.


Dr Joanna Lewis on BBC Four's A Timewatch Guide

Dr Joanna Lewis participated in an episode of BBC Four’s A Timewatch Guide, called Dictators and Despots, showed on 25 July. Through the examination of fifty years of BBC documentary archives, the episode looked at how dictators, such as Cesar, Castro Gaddafi, Saddam and Mugabe, have risen in unsettling times and why they can have such a powerful appeal. Watch it on BBC iPlayer (UK only).


Professor Matthew Jones at AWE

Professor Matthew Jones gave two presentations on 10 July at the research institute, Atomic Weapons Establishment. Professor Jones spoke about the history of Britain’s nuclear deterrent with insights and reflections on some of the key issues that arise when studying the development of British strategic nuclear policy in the early post-war era.


New article by Professor Vladislav Zubok on Soviet Union and China

'The Soviet Union and China in the 1980s: Reconciliation and Divorce' is Professor Vladislav Zubok's latest article in the Cold War History journal. The article discusses Soviet and Chinese reforms and foreign policies in the 1980s in comparative perspective, in the light of recent archival findings. It argues that key policy choices by Deng Xiaoping and Mikhail Gorbachev, which made possible China’s rise and the Soviet Union’s collapse, can be better understood in comparative perspective.


Dr Kristina Spohr on Monocle radio station

Dr Kristina Spohr was on Monocle Radio on 5 July. She explained to The Globalist's Rhys James how Germany's grand coalitions work. Listen to the Monocle radio interview.

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Dr Kristina Spohr on Angela Merkel for the New Statesman

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel remains an enigma. Her mentor Helmut Kohl called her his assassin. She is ruthless with those who betray her. She is also now being described as the leader of the free world. Where did she come from? What motivates her? What does she want? And where is she going? Dr Kristina Spohr answers those questions in an article for the New Statesman, "The Learning Machine" (6 July).


Dr Piers Ludlow's book in 100 Books list by European Parliament

Dr Piers Ludlow’s second book, The European Community and the Crises of the 1960s: Negotiating the Gaullist Challenge (2006), was included in a list drawn up by the European Parliament of the 100 books that ought to be read about Europe. The European Community and the Crises of the 1960s was published by Routledge in 2006. The book is a detailed study of the European Community's development between 1963 and 1969, with a special focus on the struggle between France and its EC partners over the purpose, structure and membership of the emerging European Community.



It pays to study with us!

The Times Higher Education (THE) listed the “historical and philosophical studies” graduates at LSE the highest earners after 5 years. Out of all UK universities, for a cohort of male and female individuals, who graduated from LSE in 2008-09 in the field of historical and philosophical studies, their median salary was the highest at £42,200 after 5 years. The THE report is based on the latest Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset. The LEO, released by the UK’s Department for Education on 13 June, pinpoints for every subject area which universities produce the highest-earning graduates after they have been in the labour market for five years. Read the full THE article and rankings (with subscription). Read more about the latest LEO rankings from the Department for Education website.


Dr Kristina Spohr on Monocle 24 radio station

On 6 June 2017, Dr Kristina Spohr gave an interview for Monocle 24. She reflected on how the late German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt got on with his US counterparts Ford, Carter and Reagan. Listen to the interview on Monocle 24’s website from 21:20 minutes.


New Article by Professor on Europe's External Relations

Professor Vladislav Zubok, a historian of the Cold War, the Soviet Union, Stalinism, and Russia’s intellectual history in the 20th century, has a new article out with Professor William Wohlforth in the July Special Issue of International Politics. The Special Issue, entitled “Europe and the World: Rethinking Europe’s External Relations in an Age of Global Turmoil” is already available online and Professor Zubok’s article, "An Abiding Antagonism: Realism, Idealism and the Mirage of Western–Russian Partnership after the Cold War", can be read with subscription or free for LSE users. The article asserts that Europe’s security environment is critically dependent on nature of the relationship between Russia and the broader west and addresses the obstacles in the way of a stable partnership.



Dr Roham Alvandi quoted in USA Today

Dr Roham Alvandi contributed to an article on US President Donald Trump’s Middle East visit, published by USA Today on 22 May. In the article, he shares his opinion on lessons learned from Nixon’s “impeachment diplomacy” in Trump's first foreign trip. Read "The pitfalls of 'impeachment diplomacy:' Lessons from Nixon in Trump's foreign trip" on USA Today.


Two new publications by Dr Paul Stock on the concept of Europe

Dr Paul Stock’s new chapter, "What is Europe?  Place, Idea, Action", was published in May in Ash Amin and Philip Lewis’s edited volume, European Union and Disunion: Reflections on European Identity (British Academy, 2017). In “What is Europe?", Dr Stock looks at "Europe" as a “concept fashioned by humans, established and reinvented according to historically specific belief systems and ideological principles.” The chapter was first presented at the British Academy conference, "European Union and Disunion: What Has Held Europeans Together and What is Dividing Them?", which took place in November 2016. Another article by Dr Stock on a similar topic was also published online this month in The European Legacy: Towards New Paradigms. The article, entitled "Towards a Language of 'Europe': History, Rhetoric, Community", addresses the difficulty of understanding “Europe” as a concept or form of identity when language and nationality are considered the foundation of imagined communities and loyalties. LSE users can read the article for free.


English edition of Totalitarian Societies and DemocraticTransition by Professor Vladislav Zubok

The English edition of Società Totalitarie e Transizione alla Democrazia, initially published in Italian by Il Mulino in 2011, was published by Central European University Press under the title, Totalitarian Societies and Democratic Transition. Essays in Memory of Victor Zaslavsky, earlier this month. The book, co-edited by Professor Vladislav Zubok and Dr Tommaso Piffer (University of Cambridge) is a tribute to the memory of Victor Zaslavsky (1937-2009), sociologist, emigre from the Soviet Union, Canadian citizen, public intellectual, and keen observer of Eastern Europe. In seventeen essays leading European, American and Russian scholars discuss the theory and the history of totalitarian society with a comparative approach. They revisit and reassess what Zaslavsky considered the most important project in the latter part of his life: the analysis of Eastern European - especially Soviet societies and their difficult "transition" after the fall of communism in 1989-91. The book promotes new theoretical and methodological approaches to the concept of totalitarianism for understanding Soviet and East European societies, and the study of fascist and communist regimes in general. Order the book on Amazon UK.


The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent out now

Professor Matthew Jones's newest books, The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent, Volume I: From the V-Bomber Era to the Arrival of Polaris, 1945-1964, and Volume II: The Labour Government and the Polaris Programme, 1964-1970 were released by Routledge this month. Written with full access to the UK documentary record, Volume I of The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent examines how British governments after 1945 tried to build and then maintain an independent, nationally controlled strategic capability, and the debates this provoked in official circles.
Volume II examines the controversies that developed over nuclear policy following the arrival in office of a Labour government led by Harold Wilson in October 1964 that openly questioned the independence of the deterrent. The volume concludes with Labour’s defeat at the general election of June 1970, by which time the Royal Navy had assumed the nuclear deterrent role from the RAF, and plans had already been formulated for a UK project to improve Polaris which could both ensure its continuing credibility and rejuvenate the Anglo-American nuclear relationship. Both volumes are of much interest to students of British politics, Cold War history, nuclear proliferation and international relations. Order Volume I and Volume II on Amazon UK.


LSE History second best for graduate prospects

LSE history students continue to have one of the best rate of employability after graduation in the UK. The Guardian's University League Tables 2018 places History at LSE in 2nd place just behind Sussex University.


Study Day with Professor David Stevenson at Loughton Festival

A festival favourite, Professor David Stevenson presented another of his Day Schools at the Loughton Festival on 20 May, this time about the Russian Revolution, its causes, course, and consequences. Professor Stevenson’s upcoming book, about the First World War and called War, Peace and Revolutions will be published later this year by Oxford University Press.


Dr Roham Alvandi on BBC World

Dr Roham Alvandi, our expert in Iran and Modern Middle East History, appeared on BBC World on 12 May to discuss the upcoming Iranian presidential election. Watch the full interview.


Department performs impressively at the LSESU Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards

On 10 May, several of our departmental teachers were distinguished at the LSE Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards Ceremony. Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), William King, won the "LSE Class Teacher Award", the Department’s Martin Abel Gonzalez Prize. Dr Rosalind Coffey (Guest Teacher), Pete Millwood (GTA) and Max Skjönsberg (GTA) were highly commended in the same category. Dr Giovanni Graglia (Guest Teacher) was also highly commended but in the category “Excellent Welfare and Pastoral Support”, as were Pete Millwood (GTA, pictured) in the category “Sharing Subject Knowledge” category, Dr Andrea Mason (Teaching Fellow) in the category “Excellent Feedback and Communication”, Dr Kirsten Schulze (Associate Professor) in the category “Research Guidance and Support” and Eline van Ommen (GTA) in the category “Innovative Teaching”. The LSESU Teaching Excellence Awards are the only awards at LSE that are student-led. Students make the nominations and students choose the winners. Pictures and full list of award winners and highly commended nominees can be found in the LSESU website.



New book by Dr Svetozar Rajak and book launch event

Dr Svetozar Rajak's new book, The Balkans in the Cold War, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in February. The edited volume, co-organised with PhD alumna Dr Eirini Karamouzi (University of Sheffield), Professor Evanthis Hatzivassiliou (University of Athens) and Dr Konstantina E. Botsiou (University of Peloponnese), explores the origins, unfolding and impact of the Cold War on the Balkans on the one hand, and the importance of regional realities and pressures on the other. Fifteen contributors from history, international relations, and political science address a series of complex issues rarely covered in one volume, namely the Balkans and the creation of the Cold War order; Military alliances and the Balkans; uneasy relations with the Superpowers; Balkan dilemmas in the 1970s and 1980s and the ‘significant other’ – the EEC; and identity, culture and ideology. The book’s particular contribution to the scholarship of the Cold War is that it draws on extensive multi-archival research of both regional and American, ex-Soviet and Western European archives. The book launch took place on Friday, 28 April, at LSE IDEAS with introductory comments by Professor Arne Westad (Harvard) and Dr Vesselin Dimitrov (LSE).


LSE History ranked 7th in Complete University Guide 2018

LSE History has retained its 7th place in the independent Complete University Guide for 2018 - History subject table. LSE is the best university in London for the study of History, behind Cambridge, Durham, Oxford, Exeter, St. Andrews, and Warwick, but ahead of UCL, Birmingham and KCL. The rankings of the Complete University Guide are based on student satisfaction, entry requirements, research excellence and employment prospects after graduation. LSE, as a whole, is ranked fourth out of the 129 universities assessed nationally by the guide and top of the 22 universities assessed in London, the region which features more institutions in the top ten than any other part of the UK.


Professor Steven Casey gives lecture at Ohio State University

On 21-22 April, Professor Steven Casey attended a conference at Ohio State University’s Mershon Center on War, Media, and Public Opinion. The conference brought together leading political scientists, communications scholars, and historians in the field, as well as journalists and policy makers. Professor Casey spoke on “The Media and Military at War, from World War I to Korea,” which highlighted some of the themes of the three major monographs he has published in the past nine years.


International History students nominated LSE Volunteer of the Year

This year, the LSE Volunteer Centre received nominations for 27 students for the LSE Volunteer of the Year award, including two international history students. Allan Rogers (BA History) and Isabella Wilkinson (BSc in International Relations and History) received nominations for their volunteer work as LSE Peer Supporter and as a volunteer for, respectively. We warmly congratulate our undergraduate students in these very deserving nominations. As LSE Careers Volunteer Centre says, “you’re volunteering has been invaluable and your nomination is a recognition of your great efforts!” The winner of the award will be announced on their celebratory ceremony on 27 April.


Professor Matthew Jones invited to give talks in Brazil on latest research 

Professor Matthew Jones, an expert in British foreign and defence policy and nuclear history during the Cold War, delivered invited talks in Brazil on his recent work on British nuclear history. He was at the Centre for International Relations of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, São Paulo, on 4 April, and at the Brazilian Naval Academy, Rio de Janeiro, on 7 April. Professor Jones's forthcoming books, The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent, Volume I: From the V-Bomber Era to the Arrival of Polaris, 1945-1964, and Volume II: The Labour Government and the Polaris Programme, 1964-1970 will be released by Routledge in May 2017. Written with full access to the UK documentary record, both volumes are of much interest to students of British politics, Cold War history, nuclear proliferation and international relations.


New article by Professor Maria José Rodriguez-Salgado

Emerita Professor Maria José Rodriguez-Salgado, a specialist in 16th and 17th Century Europe and Anglo-Spanish Relations, contributed an article to the online publication Discover Society on the European Union’s future by way of its past (April 2017). Read the article in open access.


New book by Professor Steven Casey released in the US

Professor Steven Casey’s newest book, The War Beat, Europe: The American Media at War against Nazi Germany was released by Oxford University Press in the United States on 3 April. The book will be released in the UK in June. War Beat, Europe presents the challenges faced by World War II American correspondents mediating between their battlefield reporting and the US press management. Based on a wealth of previously untapped primary sources, Professor Casey provides the first comprehensive account of what reporters, such as Ernie Pyle, Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White and Walter Cronkite, witnessed, what they were allowed to publish, and how their reports shaped the home front's perception of some of the most pivotal battles in American history. Pre-order the UK edition on Amazon UK.


Great Centenary lecture and future book publication by Professor David Stevenson

On 21 March 2017, Professor Stevenson was a guest speaker at the University of Birmingham Great War Centenary Lectures, where he gave a talk on “1917 Revisited”. In its fourth series, the lectures aim to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War. They are organised by the Centre for War Studies, Department of History, University of Birmingham. Professor Stevenson’s focus on 1917 is not incidental. He is currently working on 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution, an international history of the year 1917, under preparation for Oxford University Press. The book is due for release in October 2017. It is the first international study of the events of the year 1917, a turning point in the history of the First World War and the evolution of the modern world. The book marks the centenaries of key events, including the Russian Revolutions, American entry into WWI, and the Montagu Declaration. It examines how the war was transformed, but also what kept it going and why it continued to escalate. It blends political and military history, moving from capital to capital, and from the cabinet chamber to the battle front. Read more about Professor Stevenson’s upcoming book in the publisher’s website (OUP).  

Professor David Stevenson participates in events aimed at school students

Professor Stevenson, a specialist in the First World War, participated in the The Great War Debate, which took place on 7 March 2017 in Birmingham and covered the topic “Peace Settlements: Did the Western Allies Win the War but Lose the Peace?”. The Great War Debate is a series of interactive panel discussions, sponsored by the Department of Education, featuring leading historians and academics aimed at helping to improve students’ knowledge of the causes and consequences of the First World War. The purpose is to get young people to think and talk about the events of a hundred years ago. Panels have run approximately monthly since June 2016 and will carry on into 2018. For more information visit The History Press. Professor Stevenson was also lead judge for the national final of the Historical Association (HA) school public-speaking competition, Great Debate. The final was held in the Imperial War Museum on 11 March 2017. Students addressed the question "How did the First World War affect me and my community?”. After twenty five-minute talks and much deliberation from the judges, Professor Stevenson announced that Hannah Boyle from Benton Park School in Leeds was this year’s winner of the Great Debate. Historian and HA Fellow Paula Kitching claims in the HA’s website that "Hannah spoke eloquently about medical developments from the Thomas Splint to CBT with a well-researched and thoughtful argument.” Read about the event in the Historical Association website.  

Professor Matthew Jones invited to give talks in Brazil on latest research 

Professor Matthew Jones, an expert in British foreign and defence policy and nuclear history during the Cold War, delivered invited talks in Brazil on his recent work on British nuclear history. He was at the Centre for International Relations of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, São Paulo, on 4 April, and at the Brazilian Naval Academy, Rio de Janeiro, on 7 April. Professor Jones's forthcoming books, The Official History of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent, Volume I: From the V-Bomber Era to the Arrival of Polaris, 1945-1964, and Volume II: The Labour Government and the Polaris Programme, 1964-1970 will be released by Routledge in May 2017. Written with full access to the UK documentary record, both volumes are of much interest to students of British politics, Cold War history, nuclear proliferation and international relations.  

PhD Candidate Judith Jacob new editor of LSE International History Blog

Judith Jacob is the new editor of our department's blog, the LSE International History Blog. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department, supervised by Dr Kirsten Schulze, and a HY509 International History Research Seminar co-convenor. Her PhD research focuses on the evolution of jihadist ideology among terrorist groups in Indonesia from 1945 to the 1990s. Ms Jacob received her masters and undergraduate degrees at the LSE, obtaining a MSc (Distinction) in Conflict Studies and a joint BSc in Government and History.In addition to her academic research, she provides political and security risk analysis on East and Southeast Asia for several media organisations.  

More scholarly praise for The Global Chancellor (OUP 2016)

After T. G. Otte, Professor of Diplomatic, International and Military History at University of East Anglia, praised Dr Kristina Spohr’s The Global Chancellor in Diplomacy & Statecraft 4/2016 as ‘international history at its best’, her book has received more positive scholarly reviews in 2017. Prof. Kenneth Dyson (Cardiff University) wrote in International Affairs 1/2017: "In this book Kristina Spohr offers a major and long overdue reassessment of German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. […] a major contribution by a first-rate scholar and should be widely read. It is testament to the importance and value of detailed archival research." Prof. Thomas W. Maulucci, Jr. (American International College) asserted in German History Spring 2017 that "In her fine new study, Kristina Spohr makes the case for re-evaluating Schmidt’s role in international politics. […] Spohr has written an excellent brief account of Schmidt’s role in Western councils during the 1970s and early 1980s. In doing so, she has gone a long way towards rehabilitating his role as a statesman as well."  

International History undergraduate elected for LSE Student Executive

Third-year BA History student, Megan Beddoe, was elected to the LSE Student Union Executive in March 2017. Her one-year long mandate as a student rep - Activities and Development Officer - will start in July 2017. “I decided to run in the Students’ Union Elections only a few days before nominations opened!", Megan told us. "I decided to run because I wanted to keep working on similar things to do with activities which I have been involved with during my time as an undergraduate at LSE. I have been captain of two sports clubs, sat on activities committee and worked as a student staff member in the SU in the last year, so I understand the challenges that students face when coming to LSE and getting involved with sports and societies, and I wanted to bring in some new projects to make the student experience better. In the coming year, (in an ideal world) I would like to achieve everything on my manifesto! Of course, there are a few things I would like to especially focus on, including organising a varsity for LSE’s sports teams, giving societies better representation in the Students’ Union and making life easier for all students who are involved in committees by improving their training. Even more than my ideas, I’m really excited to work with my future fellow sabbatical officers and spend the year listening to the voices of the students to work on the things they want to be better about LSE.”

New publication by Dr Ronald C. Po

Dr Ronald C. Po has contributed a chapter to the edited volume History of Coastal Defense in Modern China: A Revisionist Approach by Ricardo Mak (Hong Kong: Joint Publishing Co. Ltd., 2017). “Camphor-harvesting and Warship Construction in Early Qing China”, written in Chinese, seeks to identify the correlations between timber harvesting (particularly camphor) in Taiwan and the changes in warship building in eighteenth century China, thereby arguing that the Qing court did not overlook the importance of administrating its maritime frontier at the time.


LSE Pro-Director Education Vision Fund awarded to Department's pilot project, "Diversifying the Curriculum"

In February 2017, the Department of International History was awarded funds from the LSE Pro-Director Education Vision Fund to support a pilot project called "Diversifying the Curriculum". Curricula in the Department of International History cover vast areas of the globe and range over more than six centuries. This pilot project, headed by Dr Tanya Harmer, the Department's Director of Teaching, will review five undergraduate courses in the department, with the aim of redesigning core topics, reading lists and teaching approaches to reflect the diversity of the discipline. The Pro-Director Education Vision Fund was established to support the delivery of the School’s Education Strategy and to allocate funds to projects designed to make a significant impact on students’ educational experiences. Following the submission of 13 proposals across LSE, the Department of International History was one of seven different academic departments and professional service units across LSE to be awarded funds. Learn more about the 2016-17 Pro-Director Education Vision Fund winners.  

Kristina Spohr on Russia's restart of the nuclear arms race

Dr Kristina Spohr has contributed an article to The Conversation on Putin’s aggressive nuclear strategy. The article, published on 21 February, argues that the deployment of new ground-launched cruise missiles known as SSC-8s is the latest manifestation of Vladimir Putin’s reassertion of Russian power in his quest to make Russia “great again”. In order to reestablish peace and security in Europe, Dr Spohr suggests it falls on US President Donald Trump to reunite the Western alliance and conduct a genuine dialogue with Russia. Read the full article in The Conversation.  

Two International History undegraduates accepted at LSE-Berkeley exchange programme

BA History student Esther Lutz Davies and BSc International Relations and History student Andrea Garcia-Ochoa Lee won a fully funded place in the coveted LSE-Berkley Undergraduate Exchange programme. LSE and Berkeley launched its undergraduate student exchange in 2016. Esther and Andrea, 2nd-year undergraduates, are two of less than ten undergraduate students from each institution to study at the other in the next academic year, 2017-18. The programme, which is open to students across most academic departments at both institutions, aims to create global citizens with enhanced study experiences and potential career prospects. Read their interview.  

Former Masters student publishes dissertation in Archival Science

Ms Tamy Guberek, former LSE-Columbia University Double MSc in International and World History student, has published a revised version of her masters dissertation in Archival Science. The article, entitled “On or off the record? Detecting patterns of silence about death in Guatemala’s National Police Archive”, is available online now and it will be published in print in a forthcoming issue. Ms Guberek graduated from the LSE-CU MSc in 2012 and received the Richard Hofstadter Prize for best dissertation. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. Her article includes research she began in the Double MSc on patterns of silence in death records in the Historical Archive of the National Police and also a comparative section on archives by her advisor at University of Michigan, Professor Margaret Hedstrom.  

Dr Kristina Spohr in the Danish and German media

On 11 February, Dr Kristina Spohr shared her views on Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in an interview for the Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagbald. Read the full interview here (with subscription, in Danish). Dr Spohr was also interviewed by the German regional magazine Friedrich for their January 2017 issue (pp. 10-11). Dr Spohr talked about one of her latest books, Helmut Schmidt: The Weltkanzler, and the late Chancellor's role in the creation of “summit diplomacy”. Read the full inteview (in German). 

Dr Joanna Lewis awarded IGA-Rockefeller Grant

Dr Joanna Lewis was awarded an LSE Institute of Global Affairs-Rockefeller Grant for two years to lead a project on Somalia, entitled “‘Pathways to Resilience’: The Role of an Urban Diaspora in Post-Conflict Reconstruction, London and Hargeisa, 1991 to the Present Day.” The project will be based at the Firoz Lalji LSE Centre for Africa.  

New article by Dr Kirsten Schulze in Ehtnic and Racial Studies

Dr Kirsten Schulze has a new article out in the Ethnic and Racial Studies journal. The article, entitled "The 'ethnic' in Indonesia’s communal conflicts: violence in Ambon, Poso, and Sambas", is part of a forthcoming Special Issue on "Affect, Interest, and Political Entrepreneurs in Ethnic and Religious Conflicts", which was made available online on 1 February. Dr Schulze’s article looks at the communal violence in Ambon, Poso, and Sambas in post-Suharto Indonesia from a comparative perspective. It explores why Ambon and Poso were seen as religious while Sambas was seen as ethnic despite the fact that in all three conflicts different religions and ethnicities fought each other. Examining the “ethnic” elements, the article advances three arguments. First, that the Poso and Ambon conflicts were no less ethnic than the Sambas conflict as they had similar “ethnic causes”. Second, that the religious narrative dominated in Ambon and Poso because it reflected the Islamic resurgence in Indonesia since the 1990s while the narrative in Sambas reflected that it was the latest round of a pre-existing anti-Madurese conflict which had already been “defined” as “ethnic”. Third, that the narratives were framed strategically, thus influencing the trajectory of the conflict but also responding to it. LSE account users, can read the article online for free here.  

PhD candidate Anne Irfan jointly wins award for best essay

PhD candidate Anne Irfan has jointly won the Jerusalem Quarterly Ibrahim Dakkak Annual Award for the best essay on Jerusalem, “Is Jerusalem International or Palestinian? Rethinking UNGA Resolution 181“. Anne Irfan is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Palestinian nationalism in the refugee camps (1967-82) under the supervision of Dr Kirsten Schulze. Her winning essay will appear in a special issue of Jerusalem Quarterly slated for publication in June 2017.


Professor Vladislav Zubok publishes new book, The Idea of Russia

Professor Vladislav Zubok’s newest book, The Idea of Russia: The Life and Work of Dmitry Likhachev, was released by IB Tauris this month. As the title indicates, The Idea of Russia focuses on the life and work of one of the most prominent Russian intellectuals of the twentieth century, Dmitry Likhachev (1906-1999). His life spanned virtually the entire century - a tumultuous period which saw Russia move from Tsarist rule under Nicholas II via the Russian Revolution and Civil War into seven decades of communism followed by Gorbachev's Perestroika and the rise of Putin. In 1928, shortly after completing his university education, Likhachev was arrested, charged with counter-revolutionary ideas and imprisoned in the Gulag, where he spent the next five years. Returning to a career in academia, specialising in Old Russian literature, Likhachev played a crucial role in the cultural life of twentieth-century Russia, campaigning for the protection of important cultural sites and historic monuments. He also founded museums dedicated to great Russian writers including Dostoevsky, Pushkin and Pasternak. In this, the first biography of Likhachev to appear in English, Professor Zubok provides a thoroughly-researched account of one of Russia's most extraordinary and influential public figures. Buy The Idea of Russia on Amazon UK. The Idea of Russia is a shorter English version of Dmitry Likhachev. The Life and the Century also authored by Professor Vladislav Zubok and published in Russia by Vita Nova in 2016.  

Dr Joanna Lewis on Keith Somerville's Ivory for the the Africa at LSE Blog

Dr Joanna Lewis contributed a passionate and analytical review of BBC broadcaster Keith Somerville’s newest book, Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa for the Africa at LSE blog (27 January 2017). Dr Lewis describes Somerville’s book as the best academic account to date of the history of the supply side of ivory trade. "He argues, that it is more the petty, everyday reality of corruption, crime and politics, which enables illegal poaching to survive (and even surge) when there is any kind of international push for a more extensive ban on the trade. The logic then is that hunting and therefore the trade should be regulated.” Dr Lewis, herself a passionate animal lover, concedes that “when the argument comes from Somerville, the heart has to yield to the head”. “Supporting and strengthening communities so they can manage wildlife responsibly from the bottom up, with some controlled hunting, is an argument that many wildlife experts have come to see is the only long term viable solution.”“Still”, concludes Dr Lewis, “what a deterrent it could be that, if caught, those men who organise the hunting and butchering of elephants for pleasure and for their tusks, also have something they hold dear cut off…” Read Dr Joanna Lewis’s full review of Ivory.  

Dr Joanna Lewis reviews Martin Plaut's Understanding Eritrea in Times Higher Education

Dr Joanna Lewis, our expert in Modern Africa History, reviewed Matin Plaut’s newest book, Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa’s Most Repressive State, in the Times Higher Education (26 January 2017). “Plaut’s extensive evidence shows how the regime’s repressive stance in power is a consequence of its ruler,” writes Dr Lewis. “A study of the North African country lays bare a ruler at war with his own people”. Read Dr Joanna Lewis’s review.  

Dr Heather Jones talks about “The Howth Mauser" on BBC Radio 3 “The Essay”

Dr Heather Jones, a specialist in First World War Studies in our Department, contributed a 15-minute long piece to The Essay, a BBC3 Radio programme where leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond provide insights, opinions and intellectual surprises on a particular theme. In an episode aired on 27 January, under the theme of Gun Culture, Dr Jones talked about the deadly symbolism of the Howth Mauser and other guns as the struggles for freedom began in 20th Century Ireland. “The arrival of crate-loads of already out-of-date German rifles in 1914 proved electrifying to the Irish Nationalist struggle and the cult of the gun had deep meaning for all sides in the struggle to come." Download the podcast.  

Dr Kristina Spohr on TV.Berlin

On 21 January, Dr Kristina Spohr was on TV.Berlin to talk about one of her latest books, Der Weltkanzler, with host Peter Brinkmann. She appeared on his weekly show 'Standort Berlin’. Der Weltkanzler, published by Theiss in 2016, is the extended German edition of Dr Spohr’s The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order (OUP, 2016). The book retrieves Schmidt's true significance as a pivotal figure who helped reshape the global order during the crisis-ridden 1970s. Watch Part I and Part II (in German).  

New Modern Asian Studies special issue co-edited by Dr Valeria Zanier

Dr Valeria Zanier, an historian of Contemporary China, and a 2016-17 Visiting Research Fellow in our department, has co-edited the latest special issue of Modern Asian Studies (vol. 51, issue 1, 2017). The issue, entitled “Circumventing the Cold War: the parallel diplomacy of economic and cultural exchanges between Western Europe and Socialist China in the 1950s and 1960s”, is one of Dr Zanier's research outputs, carried out from 2013-15, whilst based in our Department as a Marie Curie (IEF) FP7 Senior Fellow. The special issue includes an introduction, co-written with Dr Angela Romano (European University Institute), and an article authored by Dr Zanier, “Western European Industrialists and China’s Dream of Self-reliance: the Case of ENI (1956-1965)". The special issue “brings together historians with expertise on China and Western Europe with the explicit intent to question the dominant narrative that argues in favour of the early 1970s, and the US move in particular, being the starting point of meaningful relations between the West and the PRC, relegates Western European states to the role of followers, and implies that Mao had curbed previous attempts at linking with the West.” Dr Zanier's article “explores the relationship between Chinese officials and Western European industrialists, revealing that in the second half of the 1950s, there already was a specific Western European interest to cater to China’s high market potential, and that this was met with favour on the Chinese side. In order to become a strong and independent country, PRC was especially interested to evaluate the most variegated range of offers in the chemical and energy sectors."  

The Global Chancellor receives positive reviews in the US

Dr Kristina Spohr’s The Global Chancellor, published by Oxford University Press last year, has received positive reviews in the United States. Foreign Affairs, the leading magazine for analysis and debate of foreign policy, economics and global affairs, claims in this month’s issue that “[Dr Spohr] has done readers a service by crafting a well-documented English-language treatment of this leading twentieth-century statesman” (January/February 2017, vol. 96, no. 1). Read the review in Foreign Affairs (free access). Choice magazine, the publishing branch of the American Library Association, highly recommends Dr Spohr’s book in this month’s issue. “Spohr deftly designs a political history that goes beyond the ordinary political biography”, argues Dr R. A. Harper, “engaging the reader to reevaluate the complex (and now often forgotten) times when Schmidt served and his ability to manage many unknowns” (January 2017, vol. 54, no. 5). Read the review in Choice Reviews (free for LSE users). Last year, the Wall Street Journal also reviewed Dr Spohr’s book, claiming that “[t]he strength of the book is the way it illuminates Schmidt's thinking on both economic and strategic questions and the relationship between them" (29 July 2016). Read the review in the Wall Street Journal (paid subscription).  

"Putin's Revenge": Dr Kristina Spohr co-writes cover essay for New Statesman

Dr Kristina Spohr and Professor David Reynolds (University of Cambridge), co-editors of Transcending the Cold War (2016), contributed an essay to the latest edition of New Statesman (13-19 January 2017). Featured on the cover of the weekly magazine, their essay, “Putin’s revenge: why the Russian leader is obsessed with America”, traces the end of the Soviet Union, Yeltsin’s failed attempt to create a new Russia and the rise of Vladimir Putin’s strong state amid a new world disorder. “Today’s Russian-American stand-off revolves around differing approaches to international relations", they argue. "Although we may not be back in the era of bipolarity some of the new ways are also old ways. Under Putin, Russia seems to have resumed its historic quest for position against the West and its insatiable desire for recognition as America’s equal.” Read the full article in the New Statesmen (free access).  

New publication by Dr Tanya Harmer

Dr Tanya Harmer, a specialist in the Cold War in Latin America with a particular interest in the international, transnational and global dynamics of the struggle, contributed a chapter to the edited volume Foreign Policy at the Periphery released in early January. The book, edited by Dr Bevan Sewell and Dr Maria Ryan from University of Nottingham, features original essays by leading scholars and examines relationships among new nations and the United States from the end of the Second World War through the global war on terror. Dr Harmer’s chapter, titled "Dialogue or Détente: Henry Kissinger, Latin America, and the Prospects for a New Inter-American Understanding, 1973-1977”, covers Henry Kissinger’s policies toward Latin America during the 1970s.  

Crumbling continent: new article by Dr David Motadel

Dr David Motadel, our expert on the history of modern Europe and Europe’s relations with the wider world, contributed an article to the Times Literary Supplement (no. 5936, 6 January 2017). The article, entitled "Anarchy Loosed upon the World", delves on the long end of the First World War and violence in interwar Europe. Read the article in the Times Literary Supplement (with subscription).