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QS World University Rankings
History at LSE Highly Rated in Major World Rankings

The Department of International History has performed impressively in several recent university league tables. The QS World University History Subject Table| for 2014 ranks History at LSE 7th overall in the world and 3rd in terms of Reputation amongst Employers.

REF 2014 Results

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced on Wednesday 18 December. 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|.


Donald Cameron Watt, Professor of International History, Passes Away

Professor Donald Cameron Watt passed away on 30 October 2014. He taught at the London School of Economics for nearly 40 years, joining the staff in 1954 and retiring in 1995 as Stevenson Professor of International History and Head of Department. He was a Fellow of the British Academy and the first LSE academic to be awarded the Wolfson History Prize in 1990 for his book How War Came: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War, 1938-1939.

Read Professor Donald Cameron Watt's obituary| written by Dr Robert Boyce|. Read the obituary published by The Daily Telegraph.


Conference Podcasts: Sir Edward Grey and the Outbreak of the First World War

A series of podcasts are now available from the recent conference, ‘Sir Edward Grey and the Outbreak of the First World War’, co-organised by FCO Historians and the Department of International History. For more details, click here|

Recent Successful International History PhD Vivas

The Department is pleased to announce that two of its PhD students have successfully passed their viva examinations recently. Luc-André Brunet’s thesis, entitled The New Industrial Order: Vichy, Steel, and the Origins of the Monnet Plan, 1940-1946, explores the emergence of the Cold War in France and the institutional and personal continuities from Vichy France to the post-war Fourth Republic and the European Coal and Steel Community. Zhong Zhong Chen, whose thesis is entitled Between Political Pragmatism and Moscow's Watchful Eye: East German-Chinese Relations in the 1980s, examines the complex relationship between East Germany and China in a key period of the late Cold War.

Video Series on International History and Dissertation Research

Madiha Bataineh, a recent graduate on the LSE-Columbia Dual Masters programme|, has made a short series of videos about researching a topic in international history. The project, which draws on the experiences of a number of her contemporaries in the programme, explores their research topics and how they were drawn to investigate them in the archives. It is an exploration of the historian's work and its many twists and turns. The three short films can be found here: Projects in International History|, Letters from the Archive|, and A Thought on International History|.
Dr Erica Wald Publishes New Book

Dr Erica Wald, who joined Goldsmiths (University of London) from LSE three years ago, has just published her first book, Vice in the Barracks: Medicine, the Military and the Making of Colonial India, 1780-1868| (Palgrave, 2014). The book deals with the preoccupation of European officers in nineteenth-century India with sex and alcohol, which had serious implications for the economic and military performance of the East India Company. This book examines the colonial state's approach to these vice-driven health risks. More details can be found on the publisher’s page|.



Dr Tanya Harmer Wins Student-led Teaching Excellence Award for Research Support and Guidance

Dr Tanya Harmer| has won the Award for Research Support and Guidance at this year’s student-led Teaching Excellence Awards|. The awards are run by the Students’ Union, supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre and sponsored by the Annual Fund. This year, competition was particularly hard, as students made 1362 nominations for 555 individual members of staff. This is a terrific achievement for Dr Tanya Harmer who last year had won the Major Review Award.


Dr Heather Jones Contributes to RTÉ Documentary

Dr Heather Jones| contributed to a documentary broadcast by RTÉ on Tuesday, 21 April 2015, called 'Gallipoli-Ireland's Forgotten Heroes'. In the documentary, David Davin-Power travels to Turkey to commemorate the 3,000 Irish soldiers who were killed at the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War. Watch it here| from Ireland or the UK until 13 May 2015.

International History of Twentieth Century and Beyond, 3rd Edition

The third edition of the hugely successful International History of Twentieth Century and Beyond was out in March 2015 with new updates and additions. The volume, co-authored by our lecturers, Dr Antony Best| and Dr Kirsten Schulze|, and former lecturers in our department, Professor Jussi M. Hanhimäki| and Professor Joseph A. Maiolo|, features several updates, namely, new material on the Arab Spring, including specific focus on Libya and Syria and increased debate on the question of US decline and the rise of China. The new edition also includes a new chapter on the international history of human rights and its advocacy organisations, including NGOs, and a timeline to give increased context to those studying the topic for the first time.

Read Professor Jussi M. Hanhimäki's interview about he new edition here|.

Buy the book here|.
"Why My Curriculum Is Not White" by BA History Rayhan Chouglay

Rayhan Chouglay, a BA History at our department, reviews his undergraduate curriculum in "Why My Curriculum Is Not White", published in The Beaver|, the LSE SU newspaper on 24 February 2015. Chouglay praises the diversity taught in our department, contrary to what the BME Network campaign, “Why is my curriculum white?”, and hopes to “show other departments and courses what they should aspire to”. Read the article here|.
Dr Tanya Harmer
Dr Tanya Harmer awarded a British Academy Newton Mobility Award

Dr Tanya Harmer| has been awarded a British Academy Newton Mobility Award| worth £9,962 to lead a collaborative research project with Dr Alberto Martín Álvarez| at the Instituto Mora in Mexico City on "Transnational and Global Histories of Latin America's Revolutionary Left." The project will centre around two international conferences in 2016 on Latin American left-wing movements' transnational and global connections during the Cold War.




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

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 full list of publications| by our staff


LSE-Columbia University

D ouble MSc in International & World History|
LSE - Columbia University Double Masters Degree in International World History|

LSE ResearchFestival|