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Department of International History
London School of Economics and Political Science
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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.
 
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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|.

 
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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|

LSE Works Public Lecture: Beyond the Cold War. How Summits Shaped the New World Order

On 5 March 2015, Dr Kristina Spohr| will give a public lecture as part of the LSE Works programme, dealing with the late Cold War era and the role of international summits. Personal summitry, more than structural factors, shaped the peaceful ending of and exit from the Cold War. This lecture shows how meetings between international leaders in the period 1985-91 fostered rapprochement and creative dialogue, and reflects on their continuing importance today. Respondents include Sir Rodric Braithwaite, Sir Roderic Lyne, Professor Arne Westad. The lecture will be chaired by Professor Stuart Corbridge, LSE's Provost.

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|.

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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|.
 

 


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Dr Heather Jones on The Return of the Brute

On 18 January 2015, Dr Heather Jones| was a guest on RTE Radio 1, The History Show, discussing Liam O’Flaherty’s novel about the First World War, The Return of the Brute. Other partipants in the book club choice discussion were consultant psychiatrist, Brendan Kelly and history teacher, Noel Wade. The novel was first published in 1929. Listen to the podcast here|.

 

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Dr Heather Jones on RTÉ Radio 1's History Show

On 7 December 2014, Dr Heather Jones| recommended history books to be given on Christmas morning in RTÉ Radio 1's History Show. Other participants if the show were Anne McLellan; novelist and scholar, Alan Titley; and RTE's Richard Downes. Listen to the podcast here|.


 

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Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah one of the best books of 2014 according to FT

Financial Times selects Dr Roham Alvandi|'s book, Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah|, as one of its best books of 2014. The book made it on to their summer list a few months ago and is now selected for their annual list. Read more about it here|.


 

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Professor Vladimir Zubok at the at the 46th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

On November 21, 2014 Professor Vladislav Zubok was an invited speaker at the Presidential Plenary Session of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in San Antonio, Texas. The panel’s theme was: “25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Historical Legacies and New Beginnings|.” He spoke on the topic: “What can we learn from the Cold War now? Personality, Contingency, Identity Politics, and the Role of Money.”
 

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Dr Heather Jones on The History Show

On 9 November 2014, Dr Heather Jones| was on RTE Radio 1's flagship history programme, The History Show|, discussing First World War commemoration in Ireland. She talked about the Irish Memorials to WW1 Dead, more specifically the significance of these memorials and how the Irish attitude to commemorating the war dead has changed over the past century. She also discussed what the Enniskillen Bombing symbolised in terms of the polarisation of Irish views of war remembrance in 1987 and how it symbolised a turning point in terms of the Irish relationship with the First World War as an historical event. Listen to the podcast here|.
 

2015

TheUsesOfSpace|
The Uses of Space in Early Modern History

Dr Paul Stock|
 

2014

TheLastStalinist|

The Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo

Professor Paul Preston|

 
SiberiaAHistoryofthePeople|

Siberia: A History of the People

Professor Janet Hartley|

 
ChileylaGuerraFria|

Chile y la Guerra Fría Global

Dr Tanya Harmer|

 
NixonKissingerAndTheShah|

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|

 

2013

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|

 
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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|

 

 

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