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 at LSE and around the world. Below is a selection of these events by chronological order. Our events are usually free and open to all. We make video and audio recordings available on this page whenever possible.
5 May 2015, Tuesday, 18:30, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Professor Arne Westad’s Farewell Public Lecture: "China, US and Asia in the Twenty-first Century"
: Professor Arne Westad
: Professor Michael Cox
The rivalry between China and the United States for influence in Asia will determine the geo-political landscape in this century. At the moment, most of the advantages are on the US side, especially since China after the last economic crisis seems to have been busy driving away potential allies in the region. But will this state of affairs last? What can China do to mobilise its undeniable resources in the exercise of a more effective foreign policy? And how will domestic developments in the two countries influence their long-term Asia policies? In his final public lecture at LSE before taking up the ST Lee Chair in US-Asian Relations at Harvard University, Professor Westad will discuss these questions with the audience.
Arne Westad is Professor of International History at LSE and Director of LSE IDEAS; Professor Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS.
14-16 April 2015, Tuesday-Thursday, 16:30, Lewis Library 120, Princeton University, New Jesey, USA
The Leon B. Poullada Memorial Lecture Series, 2014-2015: Ottomans and Jews in the Literary Imagination of the Other, from the Fifteenth through the Twentieth Century
: Professor Marc David Baer
Lecture One, 14 April 2015, From Sultanic Saviors to Turkish Rescuers: Jewish Accounts of the Ottomans
Lecture Two, 15 April 2015, Cautionary Tales: Ottoman Accounts of Jews
Lecture Three, 16 April 2015, Ottomans and Jews in the Literary Imagination of the Other: a Roundtable Discussion with Marc Baer, Mark Cohen (Princeton NES Professor Emeritus) and Molly Greene (Princeton Professor of History and Hellenic Studies)
Marc Baer is Professor of International History at LSE. His books include Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe (Oxford 2008), and The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford 2010). The recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Baer is currently researching the interconnected history of Jews and Muslims in Germany.
18 March 2015, Wednesday, 18:30-20:00, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
Deng Xiaoping vs Gorbachev
: Professor Alexander Pantsov
: Professor Vladislav Zubok
Was Deng Xiaoping right to call Mikhail Gorbachev "very stupid"? Alexander V. Pantsov discussed why the USSR couldn’t follow the pattern of Chinese reforms in the decade leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union. His recent publications are Mao: The Real Story
, and Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life
Professor Alexander V. Pantsov is the Edward and Mary Catherine Gerhold Chair in the Humanities at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Professor Vladislav Zubok is Professor of International History, LSE.
17 March 2015, Tuesday, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Crowd-Sourcing, Surveillance, and the Era of the Synopticon
: Professor Matthew Connelly
: Professor Michael Cox
“Big data” poses a massive challenge to the democratic accountability. Over the last four years the U.S. has quadrupled the amount of information that it classifies annually. This growth has become unmanageable, causing massive leaks, an unprecedented number of prosecutions, and a dysfunctional declassification system that is breaking under the strain. Luckily, the information revolution has also provided citizens with the means to address these challenges, such as crowd-sourcing the otherwise impossible task of creating a virtual archive of declassified government documents. By mining this data, we can detect patterns in classification and declassification, and automated tools to identify records that really do have to be kept secret. No longer just a tool of surveillance, data-mining can also help preserve the principle of open government.
Professor Matthew Connelly is Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2014-2015; Professor Michael Cox is Director of LSE Ideas.
17 March 2015, Tuesday, 18.30, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Book Launch: The Uses of Space in Early Modern History
: Dr Paul Stock
; Dr Paul Keenan
: Professor Janet Hartley
The Uses of Space in Early Modern History
, edited by Paul Stock, explores how spatial concepts can be employed by or applied to the study of history, and how spaces and spatial ideas were used for practical and ideological purposes in specific periods. It contains pioneering essays from an array of renowned historians: Lauren Benton, Amanda Flather, Michael Heffernan, Matthew Johnson, Paul Keenan, Beat Kümin, Robert Mayhew, Jeppe Mulich, Claire Norton, and Andrew Rudd. At the launch, Paul Stock (editor) and Paul Keenan (contributor) discussed the purpose and contents of the volume, as well as the wider significance of ‘spatial history’. For more information about the book click here
The launch was followed by a wine reception.
Dr Paul Stock is Assistant Professor of Early Modern International History at LSE and the author of
The Shelley-Byron Circle and the Idea of Europe (2010); Dr Paul Keenan is Assistant Professor of International History at LSE. His publications include
St. Petersburg and the Russian Court 1703-1761 (2013); Professor Janet Hartley is Head of the International History Department at LSE. She is the author and editor of many books, including, most recently,
Siberia: A History of the People (2014)
5 March 2015, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
LSE Works - International History Public Lecture: Beyond the Cold War: How Summits Shaped the New World Order
: Dr Kristina Spohr
: Sir Rodric Braithwaite
, Sir Roderic Lyne
, Professor Arne Westad
: Professor Stuart Corbridge
Personal summitry, more than structural factors, shaped the peaceful ending of and exit from the Cold War. This lecture showed how meetings between international leaders in the period 1985-91 fostered rapprochement and creative dialogue, and reflected on their continuing importance today.
Kristina Spohr is Deputy Head of the International History Department and Associate Professor at LSE; Rodric Braithwaite GCMG is a British diplomat and author; Roderic Lyne is Deputy Chairman of Chatham House and Adviser, Russia and Eurasia Programme; Arne Westad is Professor of International History at LSE and Director of LSE IDEAS. Professor Stuart Corbridge is Deputy Director and Provost of LSE.
*Podcast and Video*
25 February 2015, Wednesday, 12:30-14:00, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
LSE Department of International History Literary Festival Discussion: Commemorating 1815: Politics and the Arts after Waterloo
: Dr Tim Hochstrasser
, Dr Kirsten Schulze
, Professor Alan Sked
, Dr Paul Stock
: Dr Paul Keenan
In the bicentenary anniversary of Waterloo, a panel of LSE historians reflected on the legacy of Napoleon's defeat. The panellists discussed the political and artistic aftermath of Waterloo as well as the consequences for European and global history.
This event was part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015
that took place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015. A series of events, free to attend, exploring the foundations of knowledge, society, identity and literature, as well as those of LSE itself, with speakers including Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Anne Fine, John Gray, Elif Shafak, Raja Shehadeh, Will Self and Ali Smith.
Tim Hochstrasser is Associate Professor in the Department of International History at LSE. Kirsten Schulze is Associate Professor in International History at LSE. She has been the head of the LSE Ideas Southeast Asia Program since 2012. Alan Sked is Professor of International History. He is presently writing the Penguin History of Post-War (Western) Europe, which will also cover post-war Britain. Paul Stock is Assistant Professor in the Department of International History. Dr Stock specialises in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century intellectual history. Paul Keenan is Assistant Professor in the Department of International History at LSE, and LSE-PKU Programme Director.
19 February 2015, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Wolfson Theatre, LSE
Professor Marc David Baer’s Inaugural Lecture: “Muslim Encounters with Nazism and the Holocaust: The Ahmadi of Berlin and German-Jewish Convert to Islam Hugo Marcus”
Professor Marc David Baer called into question simplistic renderings of the Nazi’s relationship to Muslims, complicated historiographical accounts of Islam in Europe by underscoring its diversity, and rendered more complex our understandings of Muslim-Jewish relations. Research on Muslims in the World War II era has overwhelmingly looked at Muslims in the Middle East or those who were temporarily located in Berlin, focusing on Arabs, and, for that matter, on a single Palestinian, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Al-Hajj Amin al-Husayni, whose notoriety has overshadowed the activities of all other Muslims in Germany, and indeed, elsewhere. Based on an examination of the publications and archival records of the first Muslim communities in Germany, and the personal documents and private correspondence of their leading members, Baer focused instead on an overlooked yet significant Muslim community, the Ahmadi, based in British India. They established a mission in Berlin in 1922 which attracted German avant-garde intellectuals, partly through its promotion of conversion as a kind of double-consciousness, preaching interreligious tolerance, and practicing inclusion of homosexuals. When German society was nazified beginning a decade later, the Ahmadi—unlike the other Muslims in Berlin—in one important instance thwarted the Nazi reign of violence. Despite accomodationist overtures to the regime, they saved the life of their formerly Jewish co-religionist, and homosexual, Hugo Marcus, thus calling into question the claim that Muslims share a deep-rooted anti-Semitism with the Nazis.
Marc Baer is Professor of International History at LSE. His books include
Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe (Oxford 2008), and
The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford 2010). The recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Baer is currently researching the interconnected history of Jews and Muslims in Germany.
11 February 2015, Wednesday, 18:30-20:00pm, TW2. 9.04, LSE
Book Launch: An Awkward Alliance: West Germany and Portugal at the End of the Portuguese Empire
: Dr Rui Lopes, Dr Kristina Spohr
: Professor Arne Westad
Led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Willy Brandt, the West German governments of the late 1960s and early 1970s left a well-remembered mark on the history of social-democracy, European integration, and Cold War détente. By contrast, in the years leading up to the Carnation Revolution of 25 April 1974, Portugal remained Europe’s oldest authoritarian regime and, despite international condemnation, continued to wage war against liberation movements in Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau. The awkward relationship between Bonn and Lisbon during this period, rooted in the intersection between European geopolitics and resistance to African decolonisation, is at the core of Dr. Rui Lopes’ new book, West Germany and the Portuguese Dictatorship, 1968-1974: Between Cold War and Colonialism
, which was launched at this event.
Dr Rui Lopes earned his PhD in the International History Department in 2012 and taught in the department for many years. He is a Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa; Dr Kristina Spohr supervised Dr Lopes's doctoral thesis. She is Associate Professor at Department of International History; Professor Arne Westad is Director of LSE Ideas.
10 February 2015, Tuesday, 18:00-19:30, Room EAS E304, East Building, LSE
LSE History Society: "Colonial knowledge, ignorance, and the end of Empire."
: Professor John Lonsdale
(University of Cambridge)
Beginning with a general sketch of decolonisation in Africa, Professor Lonsdale focused on Kenya and late colonial rule as a case study. He posed some quite specific questions about what people thought they knew at the time and what if any effect their contemporary knowledge/ignorance/prejudice had on historical processes and outcomes.
John Lonsdale is Emeritus Professor of African History, Cambridge University and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. A world authority on the history of African nationalism and colonial rule, he has also pioneered the study of African political thought and religious history. He is most famous for his work on the history of ethnicity and civil war among the Kikuyu, Kenya. He has just edited the memoirs of a senior official in Kenya whose career has a bearing on the study of Mau Mau and his talk will also be focusing on the problems sources pose.
9 February 2015, Monday, 18:30-20:00, NAB 1.15, LSE
Working in Africa: Development, Peace-building and Governance in Kenya and Somalia
: Lauren Oing (former LSE HY436 African History student)
: Dr Joanna Lewis
At the time of this event, Lauren Oing worked for Pact in Nairobi, Kenya, where she served as the team leader for a peace building and conflict resolution program in Somalia. She previously worked for the International Republican Institute (IRI) where she served as the country representative in Somaliland, running parliamentary strengthening and elections programs. Before her move to the field, she worked in IRI's Washington office, managing programs in the Africa and Asia divisions. Her time at IRI included designing survey research in Angola and Somaliland, supporting political party strengthening programs in Zimbabwe and Timor-Leste, and serving as an international elections observer in Kenya, Bangladesh and Uganda. Previously, Lauren worked as a legal assistant, and interned in the US House of Representatives.
Lauren Oing holds an MSc in international history from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in history from Amherst College; Dr Joanna Lewis (picture above) is Assistant Professor at the Department of International History.
3 February 2015, Tuesday, 18:30-20:00, Room B.13, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE
George Padmore and Decolonisation from Below
: Dr Leslie James
: Professor Richard Drayton
and Professor Bill Schwarz
: Professor Arne Westad
The British Empire is now seen as a ‘patchwork’ of connections negotiated in precise contexts over time, rather than an integrated imperial structure shaped by a unified vision. Concurrently, the rising tide of anti-colonial activity after the First and Second World Wars is often described as part of a changing ‘mood’, where anti-racism and human rights held greater currency and where diplomacy was redefined and relocated outside sovereign state structures as part of a crucial ‘moment’ where new futures were imagined. But if the British Empire was not a hegemonic structure but a loose system, what implications did this have for anti-colonial organisers? From his base in London, the Trinidad-born Marxist, George Padmore, directed a constantly evolving strategy to end British imperial rule across Africa and the Caribbean.
In this public talk, Leslie James will discuss her new book, George Padmore and Decolonization From Below: Pan-Africanism, the Cold War, and the End of Empire
, which will be launched at the event.
Dr Leslie James completed her PhD in the International History Department in 2012 after teaching for several years in the department and held the Pinto postdoc in 2012-13. Richard Drayton is Rhodes Professor of Imperial History. Bill Schwarz is a Professor of Literature at Queen Mary University of London. Arne Westad is Professor of International History at LSE and Director of LSE Ideas.
4 December 2014, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, CLM.5.02, Clement House, LSE
Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship Lecture: Welfare in the Warfare State: Nazi Social Policy on the International Stage
Speaker: Professor Kiran Klaus Patel
This lecture will investigate the international debates triggered by the social welfare measures the Third Reich introduced in the 1930s and 1940s. Job creation schemes, marriage loans, eugenic measures, and much more were part of Nazi propaganda abroad. What were the regime’s aims? And how did other societies respond?
Kiran Klaus Patel is Professor of European and Global History at Maastricht University and this year’s Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor at the Department of International History at the LSE. He has held many visiting professorships, among others at Harvard University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and is also a member of an international team of historians researching the history of the German Ministry of Labour during the Third Reich. Currently, he is concluding a monograph on the global history of the New Deal for Princeton University Press.
Michaelmas Term 2014, Monday, 18:00, Room 433, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Modern Russian History Seminar Series
Convenors: Dr Andy Willimott
(UCL SSEES) and Dr Alesandro Iandolo
20 October: Steve Smith (Oxford) — Miraculous Icons and Bolshevik Power
6 October: George Gilbert (Oxford) — Conservatives or Radicals? Right-wing factions in the final years of the Russian Empire
10 November: Polly Jones (Oxford) — Reinventing Revolutionary Lives: Writing and Reading Biographies in Late Socialism
24 November: Kristin Roth-Ely (SSEES) — Listening out: Cold War Radio and the Soviet Audience
1 December: Philippa Hetherington (Sydney) — Labour Migrant, Trafficking Victim, Refugee: The Emigrant Subject in Late Imperial Russia and the Early Soviet Union
This was an advanced Seminar Series supported by the UCL SSEES Centre for Russian Studies, and the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr Alessandro Iandolo is British Academy Fellow at the Department of International History, LSE; Dr Andy Willimott is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at UCL SSEES
27 November 2014, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Tower 2, Room 9.05, LSE
American Grand Strategy in the Mediterranean during World War II
Speaker: Dr Andrew N. Buchanan
Chair: Professor Matthew Jones
In this presentation, Andrew Buchanan offered a thorough reinterpretation of US engagement with the Mediterranean during World War II. He argued that, far from being a reluctant participant in a 'peripheral' theatre, the United States pursued a sustained grand-strategic interest in the region. By the end of the war the Mediterranean was an American lake, and the United States had substantial political and economic interests extending from North Africa, via Italy and the Balkans, to the Middle East. This presentation examined the military, diplomatic, and economic processes by which this hegemonic position was assembled, looking in particular at the changing character of the Anglo-American alliance, the establishment of post-war spheres of influence, the nature of presidential leadership, and the common interest of all the leaders of the 'Grand Alliance' in blocking the development of revolutionary movements emerging from the chaos of war, occupation, and economic breakdown.
Dr Andrew N. Buchanan is Senior Lecturer in Global, U.S., and Military History at the University of Vermont. Professor Matthew Jones is a Professor at the International History Department at the LSE.
19 November 2014, Wednesday, 18h, Spanish Embassy, Luis Vives Room, 39 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8SB
The Neutrality of Spain during the First World War
: Professor David Stevenson
(LSE) and Dr Francisco Romero Salvadó
: Professor Paul Preston
To commemorate the First Century of the beginning of the Great War (1914-1918), the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom decided to present this seminar.
David Stevenson is Professor of International History at LSE and adviser to 'Europeana 1914-1918 Learning Website'. His publications include
With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 (2011);
1914-1918: the History of the First World War (2004) and
Armaments and the Coming of War: Europe, 1904-1914 (1996). Dr Francisco J. Romero Salvadó is Reader in Modern Spanish History at the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in the University of Bristol. His recent major publications include
The Spanish Civil War: Origins, Course and Outcomes (2005),
Foundations of the Civil War. Revolution, Social Conflict and Reaction in Spain, 1916–1923 (2008) and
La Larga Guerra Civil Española del Siglo XX (2011). Professor Paul Preston is an English historian and hispanist, specialist in Spanish history (in particular the Spanish Civil War, which he has studied for more than 30 years). Since 1991 he has taught at the LSE, where he is Príncipe de Asturias Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies, and is also director of the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies. His latest book is
El zorro rojo - La vida de Santiago Carrillo (2013).
12 November 2014, Wednesday, 18:00-20:00, CLM 5.02, Clement Hours, LSE
International History and International Relations and the Origins of the Great War
: Professor David Stevenson
, Professor Michael Cox
: Dr Svetozar Rajak
The session compared approaches from International Relations and International History to the debate on the origins of the First World War, taking into account the new work that has appeared in connection with the centenary. Professor Michael Cox spoke on the theoretical approaches and Professor David Stevenson spoke on the evolution of the historiography.
David Stevenson is Professor of International History at LSE. Michael Cox is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor in International Relations. Svetozar Rajak is Associate Professor in International History at LSE and Academic Director of LSE IDEAS
11 November 2014, Tuesday, 18:30- 20:00, Wolfson Theatre, NAB, LSE
: Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick
: Professor Vladislav Zubok
We know a lot about Stalin but less about the team – Molotov, Kaganovich, Mikoyan and the rest of a group whose membership was roughly but never quite equivalent to the Politburo – that surrounded him for 25 years. They went with him through collectivization, the Great Purges, the Second World War, and the travails of the postwar period, coming through the purges relatively intact but, in the case of Molotov and Mikoyan, barely surviving Stalin’s attempt to oust them in his last years. There can be no doubt that Stalin was the team’s boss, but what was the function of the rest of the team? Were they just yes men? If so, how do we explain their success, as the new “collective leadership,” in achieving a practically blood-free political transition, complete with a consensus reform programme, when he died?
Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick is Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of the University of Chicago and Professor of History at the University of Sydney, where she now lives. Professor Vladislav Zubok is Professor of International History at LSE.
7 November 2014, Friday, Lancaster House, London
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Historical Branch & International History Department, LSE: 'Sir Edward Grey and the Outbreak of the First World War'
: Roy Bridge
, Christopher Clark
, Keith Hamilton, John Keiger
, Annika Mombauer
, Thomas Otte
, Keith Robbins, Richard Smith, Zara Steiner and Keith Wilson
Key LSE organisers: Professor David Stevenson
and Dr Heather Jones
Key FCO organisers:
The FCO Historians Professor Patrick Salmon
and Dr Richard Smith
This one-day conference focused on reappraising Britain’s decision to enter the First World War and on the role played by the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey. It examined not only the July-August 1914 crisis but also the pre-war decade of relations between Britain and the Central Powers and between Britain and the Entente. It considered how other Powers viewed British policy as well as how Britain viewed them. And although its focus was on Grey’s personality and leadership, the Foreign Office and the diplomatic corps, attention was given as necessary to other parts of Whitehall, to Westminster politics, and to British public opinion more broadly.
See Conference Programme
5 November 2014, Wednesday, 18:30-20:00, Tower 2, room 9.04, LSE
God Save the Community: Greece's Entry into the EEC
: Dr Eirini Karamouzi
: Dr Piers Ludlow
: Professor Michael Cox
The financial and economic crises that gripped Greece in 2010 set in motion a domino effect that upset the stability of the Euro. It opened the floodgates to a seemingly endless stream of accusations and recriminations over the economic, financial and political origins of the Greek crisis, with European political elites and the press alike questioning even Greece’s entry to the EEC. This heightened interest from the public calls for a deeper understanding of Greece’s relations with Europe, starting with a historical analysis of Greece’s road to EEC membership. Why did the Europeans say ‘YES’ to Greece? What was the rationale? These questions are explored in Dr Eirini Karamouzi's new book, Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979: the Second Enlargement
, which was launched at the event.
Dr Eirini Karamouzi is Lecturer in Contemporary History, University of Sheffield, A.G. Leventis Fellow (Oxford University) and Executive Director for the LSE Commission on Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS. She taught at the Department of International History, LSE, for several years and after finishing her PhD there she went on to be the Pinto Post-doctoral Fellow for 2011-2012. Dr Piers Ludlow is Head of the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS and Associate Professor at the Department of International History, LSE. Professor Michael Cox is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor in International Relations.
29 October 2014, Wednesday, 18:30-20:00, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and LSE Remembrance Lecture
: Professor David Reynolds
: Professor Sönke Neitzel
Professor David Reynolds will address the legacy of the First World War, in particular the effect of mass bereavement and commemoration.
David Reynolds is Professor of International History at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Christ’s College.Sönke Neitzel is a professor in the Department of International History at LSE and a leading expert on the history of Germany in the two world wars.
28 October 2014, Tuesday, 19:00-20:30, New Theatre, East Building, LSE
Department of International History Annual Lecture: "The Vietnam Wars Reconsidered"
: Professor Fredrik Logevall
With the outpouring of scholarship on the Vietnam Wars in recent years, it's time to take stock and reconsider two core questions: why did the wars happen, and why did two Western powers, first France and then the United States, fail in their efforts? In this lecture historian Fredrik Logevall offered his analysis, while also contemplating the meaning of the war for our own time.
Fredrik Logevall is the Stephen and Madeline Anbinder Professor of History at Cornell University. His most recent book is
Embers of War: The Fall of An Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam, which received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History.
27 October 2014, Monday, 18:30-20:00, New Theatre, East Building, LSE
25 Years After the End of the Cold War: Its Legacy in a New World Order
Speakers: Professor Beatrice Heuser
, Dr Andrew Monaghan
, Professor Vladislav Zubok
Chair: Professor Michael Cox
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, how do these events shape the world today? What are the legacies of the Cold War? And are we truly in the midst of a new Cold War? This event marked the launch of the special issue of Cold War History
, entitled 'The Cold War in Retrospect - 25 years after its end', edited by Professor Beatrice Heuser.
Professor Beatrice Heuser is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading; Dr Andrew Monaghan in Senior Research Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House; Professor Vladislav Zubok is Professor of International History, LSE and Head of the Russia International Affairs Programme, LSE IDEAS; Professor Michael Cox is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor in International Relations.
23 October 2014, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
LSE Annual Gulf History Lecture: “A Matter of Life and Death for the Country”: The Iranian Intervention in Oman, 1972-1975
: Professor James Goode
This became one of the Shah’s most successful foreign initiatives. He entered at the request of Sultan Qabus to help quell a Marxist rebellion in Dhufar province. Acting for reasons wholly related to Iran’s regional security, he angered most of his Arab neighbors. His troops tipped the balance, helping to speed the end of the insurrection, for which Iran earned the lasting gratitude of the sultan.
The annual LSE Gulf History Lecture was hosted by the LSE Department of International History, with the generous support of the LSE Kuwait Programme.
Professor Goode teaches history at Grand Valley State University. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran, 1968-1971, and later taught for the University of Mashhad, 1971-1973. He has written widely on modern Iran, including Negotiating for the Past (2007), winner of the Robert H. Ferrell prize.
16 October 2014, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Book Launch: Nixon, Kissinger and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War by Dr Roham Alvandi
: Dr Roham Alvandi
: Professor Toby Dodge
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, is often remembered as a pliant instrument of American power during the Cold War. In this lecture and book launch, Roham Alvandi offered a revisionist account of the Shah's relationship with the United States by examining the partnership he forged with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. Dr Alvandi discussed how the Shah shaped US policy in the Persian Gulf under Nixon and Kissinger, including the CIA’s covert support for the Kurdish revolt in northern Iraq, and the US role in the origins of Iran’s nuclear program. Dr Alvandi drew on the history of Iran’s Cold War partnership with the United States to examine the potential for Iranian-American cooperation in the Middle East today.
Roham Alvandi is Assistant Professor of International History at LSE. He is a historian of modern Iran and the wider Middle East and has written extensively on the history of Iran’s foreign relations. His recent book,
Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2014), was selected by the Financial Times as one of its ‘summer books’ of 2014. Professor Toby Dodge is Director of the Middle East Centre at LSE, Deputy Director of LSE IDEAS, and a Professor in the International Relations Department at the LSE.
15 October 2014, Wednesday, 18:30-20:00, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Public Lecture and Book Launch of Austro-Hungarian War Aims in the Balkans during World War I by Dr Marvin B. Fried
: Dr Marvin B. Fried
and introduction by Professor David Stevenson
Beyond their fateful decisions which ultimately led to the First World War, the Austro-Hungarian leaders played a vital role in continuing and expanding the conflict to feed their territorial ambitions. Using previously secret material, Fried examined in his book the Monarchy's aggressive and expansionist war aims in the Balkans. The conquest and subjugation of Serbia was but a cornerstone of a wider Austro-Hungarian imperialist dream of further annexations and the precursor to a hegemonic economic empire in the rest of South-East Europe. Was the purpose to make Austria-Hungary, in the words of one of its leaders, a truly 'European Great Power of the first order,' or were these simply the death throes of an obsolete empire, loathe to voluntarily part with its Great Power status and prestige? In either case, these war aims were 'life and death questions' for the Monarchy's leaders, without which there would be no peace and for which they were prepared to sacrifice enormous quantities of blood and treasure.
Marvin B. Fried is a Guest Teacher at the Department of International History; David Stevenson is Professor of International History at the same department.
9 October 2014, Thursday, 18:30-20:00, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Department of International History Public Lecture: "Siberia: a History of the People"
: Professor Janet Hartley
Siberia is a part of Russia but also a specific region with its own characteristics. Based on rich sources, many from local archives, Janet Hartley looks at the life of the people – who came to Siberia, how they lived, how were governed , how they related to the indigenous population – from the late sixteenth century, when “Sibir” became part of the Russian empire, to the present. This lecture marks the launch of Siberia: a History of the People published by Yale in July 2014.
Professor Janet Hartley is Professor of International History at the LSE and Head od Department. She is the author of six books and many articles and chapters on Russian history and Anglo-Russian relations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
8 October 2014, Wednesday, 18:30-20:00, Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
LSE-NUS Public Lecture: Cross-Border Cross Referencing: sorting out Indonesian confrontation in the field
: Professor Brian P Farrell
: Dr Kirsten Schulze
Indonesia ‘confronted’ the establishment of Malaysia in 1963 by waging an undeclared war, which included armed incursions across recognized international frontiers. The lecture will discuss the work of a military historian in the field and explore the role and perspectives of the local populations during this cross-border conflict.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.
Brian Farrell is professor of military history and (currently) head of the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. His main areas of research interest are the military history of the British Empire, especially in the 20th century; the modern history of empires and imperialism, especially in Asia; the history of Western military power in Asia; and problems related to collective security and coalition warfare. He is currently acting as principal investigator on the major research project Empire in Asia: A New Global History, and serving as Asia-Pacific regional coordinator for the Society for Military History, the largest such professional organization in the world.Kirsten Schulze is associate professor in International History, LSE. She has conducted research on armed conflicts in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and has been the head of the LSE Ideas Southeast Asia Program since 2012.
3 October 2014, Friday, Shaw Library, London School of Economics
Trails of the Great War, 1914 to 2014
: Professor Craig Calhoun
,Dr John F Jungclaussen
, Professor David Stevenson
, Professor Robert Gerwarth
, Professor John Horne
, Professor Philip Bobbitt
, Professor Richard Sennett
, Lord Glasman
, Jesse Norman MP
, Professor Zygmunt Bauman
The centenary year of the outbreak of the Great War began with a serious debate over the war guilt question. Historians such as Christopher Clark, David Reynolds and Niall Ferguson engaged a wide public audience with their respective arguments. After that, the focus was very much on the nature of war itself. In the media, in theatres and concert halls, in stately homes and village halls, the British commemoration of the Great War was strikingly visceral. History, it seemed, was less about rationalising past events than it was about accessing the emotional experience of those who lived in it.
Yet, 1914 marked the beginning of a conflict that was much more than a ‘national catastrophe’ for Britain. In the words of the American diplomat and historian George F Kennan this was ‘the great seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century’, the big bang that determined the course of history and continues to define the political reality in Britain, Europe and America to this day. The aim of this conference was to move beyond the parochial and broaden the view of the British debate.
See Conference Programme
Professor Craig Calhoun is Director of the LSE and former Director of the Social Research Council; Dr John F Jungclaussen is UK Correspondent DIE ZEIT newspaper, historian and author; David Stevenson is Professor of International History at the LSE; Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History, Director of the Centre for War Studies, University College Dublin; John Horne is Professor of Modern European History, Trinity College Dublin; Philip Bobbitt is Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University. Director of Centre for National Security, Columbia University; Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology at the LSE, Co-Chair of the New Urban Charter Programme for UN Habitat; Lord Glasman is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Director of the Faith and Citizenship Programme, London Metropolitan University; Jesse Norman is an MP; Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds.
10 September 2014, Wednesday, International Symposium, AHILA, Berlin
Latin America and Europe during the Cold War
The LSE sponsored a symposium at 2014’s AHILA conference
in Berlin on 10 September. Coordinated by Dr Tanya Harmer
, the symposium brought together 15 historians from around the world in 4 panels to examine the relations between Latin America, the Soviet bloc and Western Europe. The symposium focused on the formal relations between governments and political parties of Latin America and Europe. It aimed to investigate the transnational networks and contacts that emerged between both regions as a result of solidarity movements, youth groups, academic exchanges and travel. Beyond showcasing new research, the aim of the symposium was to lay the foundations of a new international network aimed at understanding, and disseminating sources on the relationship between Europe and Latin America during the Cold War.
Read the Conference Programme
27 May 2014, Tuesday, Council Room, King’s College London
ICBH Annual Conference: Monarchies at War
: Dr Antony Best
, Dr Jonathan Boff
, Dr Richard Dunley
, Professor Erik Goldstein
and Professor William Philpott
As part of King’s College London’s centenary commemoration of the Great War, the Institute of Contemporary British History was proud to be holding its annual conference on 'Monarchies at War'. The conference considered the role of monarchies from around the world in the First World War and in subsequent conflicts. It covered the diplomatic, political, military and social aspects of their roles, and considered perspectives from around the world.
Dr Antony Best is Associate Professor of International History at LSE, Dr Jonathan Boff is Lecturer in History at University of Birmingham, Dr Richard Dunley is a Contemporary Records Specialist at the National Archives, Professor Erik Goldstein is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University and Professor William Philpott is Professor of the History of Warfare at KCL.
12 May 2014, Monday, 6.30-8pm, Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn, LSE
US-Iran Détente: Past and Present
Speakers: Ambassador John Limbert, Dr Chris Emery, Dr Roham Alvandi
: Professor Toby Dodge
The historic September 2013 phone call between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Barack Obama represented the highest-level contact between Iran and the United States since relations between the two countries were severed in April 1980, in the midst of the Tehran hostage crisis. As Iran and the P5+1 move ahead with drafting a comprehensive nuclear agreement, Tehran and Washington have carefully pursued a détente that could transform the political landscape of the Middle East. This roundtable will examine the troubled history of US-Iran relations, past failed efforts at détente, and the prospects for a breakthrough in US-Iran relations in 2014.
Ambassador John Limbert is Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern (Iranian) Affairs; Dr Chris Emery is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Plymouth University of Plymouth; Dr Roham Alvandi is Assistant Professor of International History at the LSE.
8 May 2014, Thursday, 1pm, B13 at 32 Lincolns Inn Fields, LSE
Feeling Imperial: The Shaping of American Attitudes towards the Philippines
: Professor Andrew Rotter
: Professor Matthew Jones
American attitudes towards their empire in the Philippines were deeply shaped by notions of civilisation derived from sensory perceptions of themselves and others. The islands’ rough and tangled terrain, suffocating heat and humidity, and the allegedly dangerous bodily contact Americans had with the Philippine people all conspired to confirm suspicions that the islands were not sufficiently civilised for self-government. Only after the land could be smoothed, the air made less oppressive, and the people less rough-skinned and disease-prone, could the United States consider independence for the archipelago.
Professor Andrew Rotter is Charles A. Dana Professor of History at Colgate University, USA.
30 April 2014, Wednesday, 6.30-8.00pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE
Department of International History Roundtable III: ‘Reappraising the First World War: the Legacy’
Speakers: Dr Bill Kissane
, Dr Svetozar Rajak
, Professor Max Schulze
, Professor Alan Sked
, Professor Sӧnke Neitzel
Chair: Professor David Stevenson
As part of the events connected with the First World War centenary, the Department of International History organized a series of roundtable discussions on the war. This event assessed the impact and the aftermath of the war on the British Isles and Continental Europe, as well as the links between the First and Second World Wars.
Bill Kissane is Associate Professor (Reader) in Politics at the Department of Government (LSE); Svetozar Rajak is Associate Professor at the Department of International History (LSE); Max Schulze is Professor of Economic History at the Department of Economic History (LSE); Alan Sked is Professor of International History at the Department of International History (LSE); Sӧnke Neitzel is Professor of International History at the Department of International History (LSE)
30 April 2014, Wednesday, 6:30-8:00pm, NAB 1.04, LSE
The Nazi-Soviet Pact in the Light of Transnational History: 'Persian Connections in German-Soviet Relations'
Speaker: Professor Jennifer Jenkins
Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi
The Nazi-Soviet Pact, a central topic in the scholarship on the Second World War, is generally studied in its political and European dimensions. It was the instrument for the coming together of two unlikely ideological allies in the destruction and acquisition of Poland. By contrast the economic aspects of the Pact are understudied, although they were fundamental to how it functioned. They also worked through transnational networks that stretched far beyond Europe. Professor Jennifer Jenkins took a new look at the Nazi-Soviet Pact by embedding it in German and Soviet economic policies toward the Near East, specifically with Iran, from the early Weimar period forward. She also explored the history of German-Soviet-Persian economic cooperation in the interwar period, Iran's importance as a zone of cooperation between Germany and the USSR, and its place in the making of the Pact.
Jennifer L. Jenkins is Associate Professor of German and European History at the University of Toronto
13 March 2014, Thursday, 11:00-1:00pm, NAB 2.13, LSE
Lent Term: World History Workshop
: Dr Kent Deng
The aim of this workshop was to provide a forum for an intellectual exchange of ideas between staff and postgraduate students across the LSE about new research, advances in the field of world history and recent historiographical debates. Topics of particular interest included histories of the extra-European world, empires, post-colonial societies, citizenship, trade networks, modernity and development, cultural exchanges, transnational lives, migration and exile. On 13 March, Dr Kent Deng from the Economic History Department presented a paper to the workshop entitled, "Absorbing pressure and generating growth: Demystifying China's Early Economic Revolution during the Northern Song Era, circa 960-1127."
Staff, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students from all departments at the LSE were welcome to attend.
Please email Dr Tanya Harmer
to receive a copy of Dr Deng's paper.
Dr Kent Deng is Associate Professor in Economic History at LSE.
11 March 2014, Tuesday, 6.30-8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
The Origins of the Final Solution: Eastern Europe and the Holocaust
Speaker: Professor Timothy Snyder
Chair: Professor Michael Cox
The Nazi Final Solution was implemented in occupied Poland and the occupied Soviet Union, in the lands that after the end of the war quickly fell behind the Iron Curtain. The opening of borders and archives has permitted a much fuller acquaintance with the victims of the Holocaust, the vast majority of whom were east European Jews, as well as with the motivation and behaviours of the German perpetrators and the east Europeans who aided them in the murder. Must the national history of eastern Europe, with which we began, now collapse into nothing more than a prehistory of catastrophe? Or might instead a grounding in national history help us better discern the human causes of the Holocaust? Only an explanation that can unite Hitler's metaphysical anti-Semitism with the experience of German power in eastern Europe can be satisfactory.
Timothy Snyder is the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2013-2014 academic year.
10 March 2014, Monday, 5:30-7:00pm, Kings College London, Centre for Hellenic Studies, K0.31, Strand Campus
Real and Imagined: Philhellenic Travel in the Greek War of Independence
: Dr Paul Stock
This paper discussed philhellenic travellers' perceptions and experiences of Greece in the early nineteenth century, especially during the War of Independence in the 1820s. It argued that the philhellenes understood Greece as a ‘real-and-imagined’ space. Greece was an ‘imagined’ location in the sense that philhellenic conception of it is shaped by certain rhetorical assumptions and priorities. But, evidently, it was also a ‘real’ space, not simply in the obvious sense that the landscape has a tangible existence, but also in that those rhetorical constructions have concrete consequences and expressions. The paper discussed the significance of this real-and-imagined Greece as conceived by a number of prominent British philhellenes.
Dr Paul Stock is Lecturer in Early Modern International History 1500-1850 at LSE.
5 March 2014, Wednesday, 6.30-8.00pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE
Department of International History Roundtable II: 'Reappraising the First World War: Global War'
: Dr Antony Best
, Dr Paul Mulvey
, Professor David Stevenson
As part of the events connected with the First World War centenary, the Department of International History has organized a series of roundtable discussions on the war. This was the second roundtable on the subject which assessed the First World War’s importance in global history, and as a turning point in Europe’s relations with the wider world.
Anthony Best is Senior Lecturer in international history at LSE; Paul Mulvey is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in international history at LSE; David Stevenson is Professor of international history at LSE.
26 February 2014, Wednesday, 7:00-8.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
LSE Literary Festival Discussion: Why Remember? Reflections on the First World War Centenary
Speakers: Professor Michael Cox
, Dr John Hutchinson
, Professor Margaret Macmillan
Chair: Professor David Stevenson
This multi-disciplinary panel discussion reflected on the consequences of the First World War and the value of remembrance, including the impact on international relations, the effect on nationalism and the home front, and what photography and narration of the war can tell us about our society.
Michael Cox is founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of international relations at LSE; John Hutchinson is Reader in nationalism in the Department of Government at LSE; Margaret Macmillan is the Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford; David Stevenson is Professor of international history at LSE.
14 November 2013, Thursday, 11am-1pm, Room TW2.3.03, LSE
Michaelmas Term: World History Workshop
: Dr Taylor Sherman
Building on the expertise and research interests of scholars at the LSE, the first termly informal World History workshop was held with the aim of providing a forum for an intellectual exchange of ideas between staff and postgraduate students about new research, advances in the field of world history and recent historiographical debates. At the introductory World History workshop on 14 November a general discussion of research interests, work in progress and research news was held before a pre-circulated chapter by Dr Taylor Sherman from her new book entitled "Moral Economies of Communal Violence in Secular India: Muslim Citizenship and Refugee Rehabilitation in Hyderabad" was discussed.
Staff, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students from all departments at the LSE are welcome to attend.
Please email Dr Tanya Harmer
to receive a copy of Dr Sherman's paper.
Dr Taylor Sherman is Associate Professor in international history at LSE.