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LSE and the Brexit Referendum

Following the UK vote to leave the EU on 23 June, LSE Director Craig Calhoun and Interim LSE Director Julia Black published a statement for all LSE staff, students and alumni. Leaving the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit process over a two year period with significant opportunities to seek assurances and influence future policy. In the future some things may change, but this is unlikely to have an impact for two years, and the terms of the negotiations and subsequent changes have not been decided. If you have questions regarding what will be happening at LSE after the EU Referendum result, such as fees, visas, Erasmus, and research funding, please visit EU Referendum Result Q&A for LSE Students and Staff.


History at LSE Highly Rated in Major World Rankings

The Department of International History has once again performed impressively in the QS World University Rankings. For the second year in a row, the QS World University History Subject Table for 2016 has ranked History at LSE 6th overall in the world and one of three UK universities in the top 10. In 2014, the department had been ranked 7th in the world and 3rd in the UK. Other UK institutions featuring in the top 30 in 2016 are Cambridge and Oxford (1), UCL (15), KCL (17) and Warwick (22).

At the national level, History at LSE jumped from 5th place to 2nd place in the Guardian's University Guide 2017, behind Cambridge, but ahead of St Andrews, Durham and Oxford.

More rankings results.

REF 2014 Results

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced on 18 December 2014. Taking into account the proportion of its eligible staff submitted for assessment, LSE History (Economic History and International History) was ranked sixth out of 83 submissions to the REF History panel for the percentage of its research outputs rated 'world leading '(4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*) and ninth for its submission as a whole. On the basis of the combination of quality of publications and number of staff submitted, a measure of research power, LSE History ranks 4th in the UK. More information on LSE's impressive performance can be found here.



Dr Kristina Spohr' The Global Chancellor Nominated Book of the Year 2016

In the November/December 2016 issue of the leading German foreign politics journal, IP (Internationale Politik) – Zeitschrift, under the section, "Book of the Year 2016", two leading figures from German/International politics and media (Niels Annen – foreign policy spokesman of the Social Democrats’ parliamentary party, and Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference) have chosen Dr Kristina Spohr’s book, The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order (OUP, 2016), as their book of the year. Annen declares, “seldomly has a historical study been so current as Kristina Spohr’s book on Helmut Schmidt.” Ischinger considers The Global Chancellor a “must read”. Read their full views here.
LSE Excellence in Education Awards

In June 2016, Dr Antony Best, Professor Janet Hartley, Dr Kirsten Schulze, Dr Piers Ludlow, Professor Steven Casey and Dr Kristina Spohr won an 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), the Excellence in Education Awards are made, on the recommendations of Heads of Department, to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.
Professor Paul Preston Awarded Fifth Honorary Doctorate by the University of Barcelona

On 14 June 2016, Professor Paul Preston, Príncipe de Asturias Professor of Contemporary Spanish History Emeritus, was awarded his fifth honorary doctorate by the University of Barcelona. Professor Preston was recognised for his critical spirit and defence of freedom. Read more about the event from the University of Barcelona website (in Spanish). The event was fully covered by several Spanish national and regional newspapers, including, El Pais, El Nacional, ABC, La Vanguardia, Diario Vasco. In 2015, in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements, Professor Paul Preston received four Honorary Doctorates. One from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, 15 May 2015), another from the University of Liverpool (21 July 2015), a third from the Universidad de Extremadura in Cáceres (28 September 2015) and a fourth from the Universitat de Valencia (26 October 2015). In February 2016, he was awarded the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2015 in the international impact category for "his important international profile as a historian of Spain, especially the Second Republic, the Civil War and its aftermath, and the Transition to democracy, periods of great significance for the city of Barcelona - and for the donation of his archive to the monastery of Poblet.” Read more about this prestigious award ceremony here (in Spanish). The award ceremony, as reported by the Spanish newspaper El Pais.


Upcoming events sponsored by us and/or featuring our academics are advertised here. Read more about these and other events in our Events section.
Title: Annual Gulf History Lecture: The Saudi Royal Family: Modernisation and Succession
Speaker: Steve Coll
Chair: Dr David Motadel
Date: Monday, 30 January 2017
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
This event is hosted by the Department of International History with the generous support of the LSE Kuwuait Programme.
Title: The Holocaust: Mentality of the Perpetrators
Speaker: Laurence Rees
Chair: Professor Janet Hartley
Date: Thursday, 2 February 2017
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Old Theatre, LSE
Title: Department of International History and LSE Literary Festival: 1917: Historical and Global Perspectives
SpeakersDr Tanya Harmer, Dr Nataliya KibitaDr David Motadel
ChairProfessor David Stevenson
Date: Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Time: 16:30-18:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre


Articles and books published by our faculty in the last three months

For a full list of our faculty publications since 2012, visit Staff Publications.
Dr Tanya Harmer 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.
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 it here (with subscription).
Dr Ronald C. Po published a new article with Late Imperial China in December 2016. The article, called “Mapping Maritime Power and Control: A Study of the Late Eighteenth Century Qisheng yanhai tu (A Coastal Map of the Seven Provinces)”, challenges “the conventional image of the Qing Empire as a land-based power that cared little about the ocean before the arrival of western imperialism in the mid-nineteenth century”. It also "seeks to show that the Qing dynasty was more involved in maritime management than has previously been acknowledged.” Read the article for free here (LSE users only). 
Professor Steven Casey published a new article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in History (Oxford University Press) in December 2016. The article is called "The 1930s and the Road to War" and examines the reluctance of the United States to be drawn into another belligerent conflict after the First World War.
Dr Heather Jones edited the November special issue of War in History and wrote the introductory essay of said issue, called "Revising the Laws of War on Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century" (vol. 23, issue 4, pp. 408-415).
The third edition of Dr Kirsten E. Schulze’s book, The Arab-Israeli Conflict, published by Routledge was released in November 2016. The book analyses the causes, course and consequences of the Arab–Israeli conflict, exploring the particular dynamics of this conflict and the numerous attempts at its resolution. The third edition has been revised throughout to bring the text up to date with recent events, including a new chapter on the Gaza Wars (2006-2014), new material on the Arab Spring and its implications for Israel, and an updated discussion of the ongoing negotiations for peace. Buy it here.
Dr Padraic X. Scanlan published "The Colonial Rebirth of British Anti-Slavery: The Liberated African Villages of Sierra Leone, 1815–1824" in The American Historical Review in October 2016. The article reconstructs and interprets the early history of the Liberated African villages of Sierra Leone, a group of settlements built to settle former captives rescued from the Middle Passage by British ships following the 1807 Slave Trade Act. Dr Scanlan argues that in the Liberated African Villages, British antislavery was remade as a new and expansive colonialism. Read the article here.

PhD Graduates

2015-17 Successful International History PhD Vivas

Supervised by Dr Kirsten Schulze: Ranj Alaaldin, The Rise of the Shi'a: 1958-1980

Supervised by Professor Steven Casey: Chris Parkes, The Welles of Loneliness: Sumner Welles and the Creation of American Foreign Policy | Read Thesis; Ollie Elliott, The American Press and the Rise of Authoritarianism in South Korea 1945-1954

Supervised by Dr Antony Best: Takahiro Yamamoto, Balance of Favour: The Emergence of Territorial Boundaries around Japan, 1861-1875 | Read Thesis; Yu Suzuki, Relationship with Distance: Korea, East Asia and the Anglo-Japanese Relationship, 1880-1894 | Read Thesis.

Supervised by Professor Arne Westad: Simon Toner, The Counter-Revolutionary Path: South Vietnam, the United States and the Global Allure of Development, 1968-1973 | Read Thesis; Vladimir Dobrenko, Institutions of Peace for the Cold War: The History of the Soviet Committee for the Defence of Peace and its Affiliated Institutions, 1949-1991; Anton Harder, Defining independence in Cold War Asia: Sino-Indian relations, 1949-1962 | Read Thesis; Jin Li Lim, New China and its Qiaowu: The Political Economy of Overseas Chinese policy in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1959 | Read Thesis.

Supervised by Dr Joanna Lewis: Rosalind Coffey, British Media and Decolonisation in Africa between 1957 and 1960 | Read Thesis; Jonas Fossli Gjersø, Continuity of Moral Policy': A Reconsideration of British Motives for the Partition of East Africa in light of Anti-Slave Trade Policy and Imperial Agency, 1878-96 | Read Thesis.

Supervised by Dr Kirsten Schulze and Dr Taylor Sherman: Sara Al-Qaiwani, Nationalism, Revolution and Feminism: Women in Egypt and Iran, 1880-1980. |
Read Thesis

Media Appearances

Our faculty and students in the media, podcasts and blogs, lately:
"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. “Twenty-five years after the demise of the Soviet Union”, they argue, “Russia is consumed by an insatiable desire for recognition as the equal of the USA”. “Today’s Russian-American stand-off revolves around differing approaches to international relations. (…) 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 here (free access).
Dr Roham Alvandi Contributes to Upcoming Archival Series about Iran “The Third Path"

Dr Roham Alvandi is a contributor in the upcoming 12-part series The Third Path, covering the recent history of Iran. The series, produced by Archival, blends intense scholarship, visual effects and sound design to recount the history and complexities of one of the most mysterious countries in the modern world. “More often then not", says Dr Alvandi referring to the project, "the discussion about Iran is so superficial, and lacks any kind of substance or context, so I wanted to join this project because it was an opportunity to take the time to really think about Iran, think about its history, think about its culture, and give people the context within which to understand what’s going on today.” Watch a teaser of Dr Alvandi’s upcoming contribution to The Third Path here.
Dr Tanya Harmer on BBC Two Newsnight

Dr Tanya Harmer, our specialist on the Cold War in Latin America, contributed to a 5-minute piece on the life and legacy of Fidel Castro for BBC Two Newsnight on Monday, 28 November. Following the death of the Cuban leader on 25 November, BBC journalist Stephen Smith looked at the historical impact of the controversial Cuban revolutionary and leader. Watch it here (UK only).
Spohr's Schmidt Der Weltkanzler
Der Weltkanzler in the German Press

Dr Kristina Spohr's latest book continues to receive the attention of the German press. Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler – the extended German edition of the The Global Chancellor published earlier this year by OUP - centres around Helmut Schmidt’s foreign policy and its intellectual roots. On 4 November 2016, the German newspaper Darmstädter Echo covered an evening lecture in Darmstadt, where Dr Spohr introduced her book to a large audience. (Read about the event in “Strong Voice in the Concert of the Great Powers” - in German). On 10 November, she was interviewed by the main publication of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, the monthly paper Vorwärts. In her interview, which showcases Der Weltkanzler, Dr Spohr claims that chancellor Schmidt's central role in world politics has so far tended to be ignored in Germany. (Read the interview in German: "Helmut Schmidt Was More than just a Doer"). A point reiterated in Dr Spohr's interview for the German weekly news magazine, Focus, on 19 November, where she argues that contrary to what the German people might think, he was more than just a "doer" and a "crisis manager". He was a “strategic thinker” and a major international player in 1970s and 1980s who, against the odds, brought the divided semi-sovereign West Germany back to the top table in world politics. A true "global chancellor" or “Weltkanzler” - read the interview here (in German).
Dr David Motadel Analysis Trump's Victory in History Today

On 9 November 2016, Dr David Motadel shared his thoughts on Trump's victory with the London-based history magazine, History Today, in an article titled "Waves of Authoritarianism". He analysed, in historical perspective, the current resurgence of anti-liberal populism, as well as its reasons and similarities with its predecessors. “The world’s demagogues play with [people’s] fears”, he argues, “offering simple solutions, scapegoats and a strong hand. Trump’s victory has been the latest reminder of this.” Dr David Motadel analysis was published in the December issue of History Today and can be read online.
Dr Kristina Spohr Interviewed for ZDF Documentary about Helmut Schmidt

Dr Kristina Spohr appeared in the documentary Die zwei Leben des Helmut Schmidt (The Two Lives of Helmut Schmidt), first aired by German TV station ZDF on 6 November 2016. Dr Spohr was one of the interviewees in the ZDF History series and acted as scientific advisor to the programme, produced by film-maker Sonja von Behrens. The documentary explores Helmut Schmidt’s duality. Watch the documentary on YouTube (in German). Or watch it on ZDF's website (in German).
Dr Joanna Lewis Reviews Hansen's Al-Shabaab in Somalia for the “Africa at LSE” blog

Dr Joanna Lewis, our expert in Modern Africa History, contributed a book review to the Africa at LSE blog on 28 October 2016. She reviewed the revised and updated version of Stig Jarle Hansen’s Al Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group, recently released with a new preface. Dr Joanna Lewis praises the volume for providing a comprehensive history of the militant Islamist group. Read her full review here.
Professor Nigel Ashton on the Parallels between Anthony Eden and Tony Blair in The Conversation

Professor Nigel Ashton, our expert in Anglo-American Relations and modern Middle East history, has contributed a piece to The Conversation, titled “60 years after Suez: a tale of two prime ministers” (28 October 2016). In his post, the third most popular in The Conversation website in the month of October, Professor Ashton draws parallels between Anthony Eden’s handling of the 1956 Suez Crisis and Tony Blair’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, from framing their struggles in existential terms to resorting to the United Nations to prepare the ground for war. Professor Ashton also pinpoints the discrepancies between both historical events, such as America’s intervention in the region and political consequences for both prime ministers. Read the full piece here.
Dr Piers Ludlow, Reader in International History
Dr Piers Ludlow Analysis Brexit Outcome in the “UK in a Changing Europe Initiative” Blog

On 21 October 2016, Dr Piers Ludlow, our specialist in EU integration and development history, contributed an analysis post to KCL’s UK in a Changing Europe Initiative blog, entitled “An Elite Problem Too”. Dr Ludlow argues that Britain’s political elite, including many of those who voted remain, played a part in the Brexit referendum outcome. Read his full post here.
Dr Kristina Spohr and Professor David Reynolds Interviewed by Cambridge TV on the 30th Anniversary of the Reykjavik Summit

In an interview for Cambridge TV, broadcast on 24 October 2016, Dr Kristina Spohr and Professor David Reynolds (University of Cambridge) challenged the conventional interpretation of the Reykjavik Summit as an historic missed opportunity and argued that Reykjavik helped bring about real commitment to nuclear disarmament. They claimed it was one of several meetings between world leaders that helped bring the Cold War to a peaceful end. Their view is the focus of their new edited book, Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990, released by Oxford University Press in September 2016. Watch the full interview here.
Dr Kristina Spohr in The Conversation

Dr Kristina Spohr, our expert on Cold War summitry and the end of the Cold War, contributed an article to The Conversation with Professor David Reynolds (University of Cambridge), called "Thirty years on as ‘new Cold War’ looms, US and Russia should remember the Rekyjavik summit". In their article, Dr Spohr and Professor Reynold suggest a diplomatic solution to the current US-Russian standoff, based on the lessons learned from the era of détente and the end of the Cold War in the 1970s and 1980s. In particular, the role of international statecraft and personal dialogue between leaders. Here, the Reykjavik summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev is mentioned, as well as Helmut Schmidt’s “Dialogpolitik”. The article, published online on 19 October 2016, was the most read article in The Conversation's website during the month of October.
Spohr's Schmidt Der Weltkanzler
Dr Kristina Spohr's Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler Given a 5-Star Review by KULTURradio/rbb

On 11 October 2016, Dr Kristina Spohr’s latest book, Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler (Theiss, 2016) was introduced and reviewed by Eckard Stuff for the German radio station, KULTURradio/rbb. In her book, which is an extended German edition of The Global Chancellor published earlier in the year by Oxford University Press, Dr Spohr looks at at Schmidt's foreign policy and examines his role in reshaping the global order during the crisis-ridden 1970s. Mr Stuff gives it a five star review. "The most important finding of the book is that Schmidt succeeded in raising the international importance of the Federal Republic. His successors have profited from it." Read and listen to the full review here (in German).
Dr Krisinta Spohr in the New Statesman

Dr Kristina Spohr contributed an article with Professor David Reynolds (Professor of International History, University of Cambridge) to the New Statesman, Britain's current affairs and politics magazine. The article is titled “Speaking the Unspeakable” and was published on 10 October 2016. In their article, Dr Spohr and Professor Reynolds address the “enormous missed opportunity” that was the Reykjavik summit and the need to revise this negative view of the summit thirty years on. Armed with recently released transcripts of the meetings, as well as other documents from both the Russian and the American archives, the scholars argue that out of the failure of the Reykjavik summit a new order was built.Read the full article for free here.
Dr Kristina Spohr in the Rheinische Post Newspaper

On 23 September, Dr Kristina Spohr was featured in the “Duesseldorf – Talk of the Town” section of the German-speaking Rheinische Post newspaper. In an article, titled “Kristina Spohr Presents Book on Helmut Schmidt”, she talks about the genesis of her newest book, Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler (an extended German edition of her previously published The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order) as well as her ongoing book tour, which has taken her to several cities, including Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Brussels. Read the full article here here (in German).
Dr Roham Alvandi Quoted in Gulf News Article

On 20 September, in an article by Gulf News, titled “Lifting Sanctions Doesn’t Land Iran Trade Boom”, Dr Roham Alvandi was quoted on the frustration that many Iranians feel with the lack of progress on lifting sanctions on Iran. Read his views here.
Kristina Spohr
Dr Kristina Spohr on History Extra Podcast: Cold War Summits

Dr Kristina Spohr and Professor David Reynolds were on History Extra Podcast, the podcast of BBC History Magazine, on 15 September 2016, to discuss their new book about the postwar meetings between international leaders that aimed to control the nuclear arms race. Listen to the podcast here. Dr Kristina Spohr and Professor David Reynolds are the editors of Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990 (OUP). The book is the first study on the contribution of summit meetings to the peaceful dénouement of the Cold War. Itanalyses the relationships between the superpowers and their views on arms control, explores their triangular relationship with China, and raises the German question. It is a major multinational study, based on archives from both sides of the 'Iron Curtain'. Purchase the book here.
Spohr's Schmidt Der Weltkanzler

Press Coverage of Dr Kristina Spohr's Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler

Dr Kristina Spohr did the rounds of the German press to introduce her newest book, Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler (Theiss), to the German public. On 14 September, Dr Spohr was interviewed by the German radio station SWR2 for the programme Journal am Mittag. Listen to the interview on SWR2 here (in German). On the day of the book's release, 15 September, she was interviewed by the German-speaking Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper, where she talked about her book and the former Chancellor’s late seventies foreign policy. Read the interview in the Hamburger Abendblatt here (in German and with subscription) or here (JPG format). On the same day, she was also interviewed by the German TV station, SAT.1 Regional, on occasion of her book launch, which took place in Hamburg and featured Federal Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück, former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen (Finland) and Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz. Watch it here.

Transcending the Cold War
Transcending the Cold War: The Power of Summits

On occasion of their new edited book’s release, Dr Kristina Spohr and Professor David Reynolds (University of Cambridge) contributed a post to the Oxford University Press blog, entitled “When to talk and when to walk”. The post delves on the importance, meaning and historical transformative power of summits and dialogpolitik.“Summitry”, Dr Spohr and Professor Reynolds argue in their post, “involves nerve-wracking judgement-calls for leaders: it requires hard calculations about opportunity, timing and personality – as challenging in the era of Merkel and Putin as in the days of Nixon and Brezhnev or Reagan and Gorbachev. Parleying at the summit is a matter of vision and skill, nerve and guts. Yet for those who are successful there is, perhaps, the chance to become a Maker of History. Here lies the perennial and fateful attraction of summitry.” Dr Spohr and Professor Reynolds new edited book, Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990, was released on 1 September. Purchase the book here.
Dr Kristina Spohr on Transcending the Cold War for the British Academy Podcast

Dr Kristina Spohr and her co-editor, Professor David Reynolds, talked about their new book, Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990 (Oxford University Press, 2016) with Bridget Kendall for the British Academy podcast. The podcast was released on the eve of the book's publication, 1 September 2016. Listen to the podcast here. Read more about Transcending the Cold War here.

The Department has introduced the following new courses in 2016-2017:

Undergraduate Courses:
Professor Nigel Ashton
HY327: The Anglo-American Special Relationship, 1939-89

Professor Nigel Ashton

This course will analyse the changing nature of the Anglo-American "special" relationship from its creation against the backdrop of the Second World War through to the end of the 1980s. It will illuminate the foundations of the relationship in terms of culture and ideology, and also the threat posed by common enemies in the Second World War and Cold War. The competitive dimension of the Anglo-American relationship will also be highlighted as a means of explaining instances of discord such as the Suez Crisis of 1956. Topics addressed include: the creation of the Anglo-American alliance, 1939-41; competitive co-operation in war strategy and politics, 1941-45; the American "occupation" of Britain during the Second World War; the emergence of the Cold War in Europe and Asia, 1945-54; the Palestine question; the Suez Crisis; nuclear relations; the Cuban Missile Crisis; European integration; decolonisation; the impact of the Vietnam War; the cultural Cold War; intelligence co-operation; Anglo-American relations in the 1970s; the Falklands War of 1982; and the revival of the special relationship under Thatcher and Reagan in the 1980s.
Postgraduate Courses:
HY471: European Empires and Global Conflict, 1935-1948

Dr David Motadel

The course examines the history of the European empires in the Second World War. It covers the history of the war fought in the imperial world and its impact on the lives of millions of colonial civilians; the political, military, and social history of colonial soldiers who fought in Europe’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious armies; the history of anti-colonial movements during the war, from Ho Chi Minh’s Viet Minh to Gandhi’s Quit India movement; and the history of the war’s impact on decolonisation and the twentieth century world order. Overall, the course explores the non-European experience of the Second World War, examining the ways in which the conflict shaped societies and political orders in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and beyond. Drawing on key secondary texts, primary sources, and visual material, it provides a broad introduction to the most destructive and cataclysmic conflict in modern global history.
Dr Ronald Po
HY472: China and the External World, 1711-1839

Lecturer: Dr Ronald Po

This course provides an overview of the history of Qing China from the early eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries, tracing political, institutional, cultural, and social continuities and changes, particularly in China’s land and maritime frontiers. Beginning in the Qianlong period, the Qing Empire became involved in an ever-growing network of commerce and cultural exchange, extending from Manchuria to Inner Asia, and from the East Sea to the Indian Ocean. Following the bloody suppression of the Lhasa riots in 1750, a series of events further connected China to the external world: the infamous Dzungar genocide, China’s invasion of Burma, European encroachment in Asian seas, the rise of port cities in Southeast Asia that were dominated by Chinese entrepreneurs, and increasing tension between China and Western powers over sea lanes and maritime boundaries. This course will use China’s shifting frontiers as a fulcrum to re-examine Chinese history in the modern era, factoring in the movement of people, commodities, ideas, cultural meanings, and imaginaries, which clearly indicate “China’s outwardness.” This challenges the common perception of China as isolated and inward-looking.

New Books


Books authored and edited by our faculty:
Britain's Retreat from Empire in East Asia, 1905-1980

Dr Antony Best
Spohr's Schmidt Der Weltkanzler
Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler

Dr Kristina Spohr
Transcending the Cold War
Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-1990

Dr Kristina Spohr
At Meydanı’nda Ölüm: 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul'unda Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Hoşgörü ve İhtida (Death on theHippodrome: Gender, Tolerance, and Conversion in 17th century Istanbul)

Professor Marc David Baer
Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976-1980: At the Heart of Europe

Dr N. Piers Ludlow
India and the Islamic Heartlands: An Eighteenth-Century World of Circulation and Exchange

Dr Gagan D. S. Sood
The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order

Dr Kristina Spohr
The Last Days of the Spanish Republic

Professor Paul Preston
Arms Races in International Politics. From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century (co-edited)

Professor David Stevenson


Władysław Gomułka. A biography.

Professor Anita Prazmowska
Mental Maps in the Era of Détente and the End of the Cold War (co-edited)

Professor Steven Casey

Japan and the Great War (co-edited)

Dr Antony Best

Daiei Teikoku no Shin-Nichi Ha: Kaisen ha Naze Sakerare Nakattaka [British Japanophiles: Why Could Britain and Japan Not Avoid War?]

Dr Antony Best
Russia and the Napoleonic Wars (co-edited)

Professor Janet Hartley, Dr Paul Keenan, Emeritus Professor Dominic Lieven
Dans la guerre 1914-1918. Accepter, Endurer, Refuser (co-edited)

Dr Heather Jones
Muslim Belonging in Secular India: Negotiating Citizenship in Postcolonial HYderabad

Dr Taylor Sherman

International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond
3rd Edition

Dr Antony Best, Dr Kirsten Schulze, et al

The Uses of Space in Early Modern History (edited)

Dr Paul Stock



The Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo

Professor Paul Preston


Siberia: A History of the People

Professor Janet Hartley


Chile y la Guerra Fría Global

Dr Tanya Harmer


Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War

Dr Roham Alvandi

When Soldiers Fall

When Soldiers Fall: How Americans Have Confronted Combat Losses from World War I to Afghanistan

Professor Steven Casey



Restless Empire

Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750

Professor Odd Arne Westad

With Our Backs to the Wall

With Our Backs to the Wall

Professor David Stevenson


Violence against Prisoners of War in the First World War

Dr Heather Jones

Allendes Chile Tanya Harmer

Allende's Chile & The Inter-American Cold War

Dr Tanya Harmer

St Petersburg and the Russian Court

St Petersburg and the Russian Court, 1703-61

Dr Paul Keenan


See a full list of publications by our staff since 2012

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