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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.



Assitant Professor in History of North America and Assistant Professor in History of Gender

We are very excited to announce two new academic vacancies in our department due to commence on 1 September 2017. The Department is seeking to make an appointment for an Assistant Professor in the history of North America and the World since 1776, and for an Assistant Professor in the history of gender since c. 1800 with a transnational or comparative perspective. Apply to the Assistant Professor in International History (History of North America) position by 31 October 2016 (23.59 UK time) and to the Assistant Professor of International History (History of Gender) position by 7 November 2016 (23.59 UK time).


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.
Dr Kristina Spohr Awarded Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship

Dr Kristina Spohr has been awarded a one-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on her next book with the working title 'A Conservative Revolution: 1989-1992 in Global Perspective’. This book will offer a fundamental reappraisal of how in 1989-92 the map of Europe was transformed and how the world exited the global Cold War. The project is of real topical urgency because the new international order that emerged after the Soviet Union disintegrated has remained with us to the present day, but is now under serious challenge, especially in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia.
Dr Joanna Lewis
2016 LSE Teaching Awards

On 11 May 2016, several departmental members were distinguished at the LSE Teaching Awards Celebration. Dr Paul Stock won a LSE Teaching Promotion Award for his major review. Our Graduate Teaching Assistants Dr Andrea Mason and Mr Alexandre Dab won the LSE Class Teacher Award, the Department’s Martin Abel Gonzalez Prize. It's the fourth year in a row that Dr Mason has won this award. And Dr Joanna Lewis (picture) was shortlisted for the Student Union LSE Teaching Excellence Award in the category of Innovative Teaching, for which she was ‘highly commended’. She already holds an LSE Teaching Prize from a previous year, and last year she was also nominated for an award. The Teaching Excellence Awards are the only awards at LSE that are student-led - students make the nominations and students choose the winners. More information.
Professor Prazmowska Awarded Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship

Professor Anita Prazmowska was awarded a two-year Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, 2016-18. The topic of her research will be ‘The Cold War Jigsaw: Poland's role in the Angolan Civil War, 1976-1986’.


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: LSE IDEAS Event: A Briton at the Heart of Europe: Revisiting Roy Jenkins' Presidency of the European Commission
Speaker: Piers Ludlow
Chair: Professor Janet Hartley
Date: Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Time: 18:30
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE


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 Antony Best's new edited book was published by Routledge in September 2016. Britain's Retreat from Empire in East Asia, 1905-1980, addresses the decline of British power in Asia. It covers almost a century of history, from a high point in 1905, when Britain’s ally Japan vanquished the Russian Empire, to the end of the twentieth century, when British power had dwindled to virtually nothing. Order it here.
Dr Kristina Spohr had two books out in September. The first, Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970–1990, is edited with Professor David Reynolds and was published by Oxford University Press on 1 September. The second book, Helmut Schmidt: Der Weltkanzler, was released on 8 September byTheiss. Der Weltkanzler is an extended German edition of The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order, published in English by Oxford University Press earlier in the year.
Dr Paul Stock visited the Europe 1600-1815 galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum and wrote a review article for Criticks, the reviews website of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (01 Aug 2016). Read it here
Professor Marc David Baer's new book was released in May 2016. The book, published in Turkish, is a collection of his articles and it’s called At Meydanı’nda Ölüm: 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul'unda Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Hoşgörü ve İhtida (Death on theHippodrome: Gender, Tolerance, and Conversion in 17th century Istanbul). Read more about it here.
Dr Padraic X. Scanlan’s article, “Blood, Money and Endless Paper: Slavery and Capital in British Imperial History” was published in the History Compass (14:5, May 2016). In his article, Dr Scanlan examines why the passing of anti-slavery laws, rather than the implementation of anti-slavery reforms, has been so pivotal in the historiography of slavery in Britain and the British Empire. Read Dr Scanlan’s article here. LSE students and staff can read it for free here.
Dr N. Piers Ludlow newest book was published by Palgrave MacMillan in April 2016. The book, called Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976 –1980: At the Heart of Europe, centres on Jenkins's key role in re-launching European monetary integration, winning the right to attend the new global summits, and smoothing Greece’s path to EC membership. The book also covers Jenkins's shortfalls regardng Commission reform and an improvement of UK’s troubled relationship with the EC. In short, this study looks at how Jenkins approached his role, identifying his priorities, examining his working methods, and exploring his rapport with the European and international statesmen with whom he had to work. In the process, the book sheds light on the nature of the job, on Jenkins’ own talents and limitations, and on the European Community as it struggled with the global economic crisis of the 1970s. Purchase the book here. Read an interview with Dr Piers Ludlow about his book to the LSE Review of Books (11 May 2016).

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

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.

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 Asia: Sino-Indian Relations, 1949-1962.

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.

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:
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.
Dr Piers Ludlow, Reader in International History
Dr Piers Ludlow on Brexit for the Politheor

On 29 August, Dr Piers Ludlow was interviewed for the latest issue of Politheor: European Policy Network on the future of the European project. Dr Ludlow shares his views on European integration, Brexit and why he thinks that “Brexit is neither the first nor the worst crisis that the EU has confronted”. Read the interview here.
Spohr's Schmidt Der Weltkanzler
Dr Kristina Spohr Interviewed for the Literaturtest Blog

On 19 August 2016, in an exclusive interview for the Literaturtest blog, Dr Kristina Spohr answered questions about Helmut Schmidt, the subject of her new book The Global Chancellor (2016, OUP) and its extended German edition, Der Weltkanzler (Theiss Verlag), out on 12 September. She also talked about meeting the former chancellor in person and her view on what Schmidt would think of the Brexit referendum. Read the full interview here (in German).
Professor Paul Preston in the Spanish Media on the Occasion of the Spanish Civil War Anniversary

To mark the 80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War on 18 July 1936, several Spanish newspapers referred to the published works of Professor Paul Preston, the leading authority on Franco and the Spanish Civil War, to shed light on the historical events and on the importance of not forgetting the war. Among other media outlets, Professor Preston  appeared in:
“España tiene un déficit educativo sobre la Guerra Civil”, Contexto Y Acción, Público (16/07/2016)
“Los interrogantes de la Guerra Civil”, La Vanguardia (17/07/2016).
"La guerra lejos de la trinchera”, El Periódico (17/07/2016)
"La tercera España de la guerra civil”, El Periódico (17/07/2016)
“Baja la fiebre editorial por la Guerra Civil”, La Rioja (17/07/2016)
“Cómo las herencias de la Guerra Civil y del franquismo marcan la España actual”, La Tercera (17/07/2016).
“Los mecenas que le pagaron el golpe y la guerra a Franco”, El Diario (17/07/2016)
“Objetivo: acabar con la anti-España”, Público (18/07/2016)
“¿Quiénes son y dónde están los franquistas de hoy en España?”, BBC Mundo (18/07/2016)
Dr Joanna Lewis
Dr Joanna Lewis's Summer Reads in the Times Higher Education

Alongside other members of the higher education community, Dr Joanna Lewis told the readers of the Times Higher Education (14 July 2016) about two books she planned to take on holiday - a new must-read and a classic worthy of a second look. Read her suggestions here.
Dr Roham Alvandi in the Guardian

On 1 July, the Guardian published a piece co-authored by Dr Roham Alvandi (LSE) and Dr Christian Emery (University of Plymouth) for the Tehran Bureau. The article, titled “The lure of conspiracy theories in Iranian politics”, addresses conspiracy theories and BBC Persian’s reporting on Ayatollah Khomeini’s contacts with the United States at the time of the Iranian Revolution. Read their full article here.
Professor Paul Preston on the Brexit Referendum and Spain's Historical Consistencies

On Saturday, 18 June, Professor Paul Preston shared his thoughts on the EU Referendum and on Spain's political and social consistencies with the the Catalan newspaper, La Vanguardia. Regarding Brexit, Professor Preston claims it is too complex for a referendum. Regarding Spain, he argues there are three major consistencies in the history of Spain: corruption, political inneficiency and social violence. Read the full article here.
Professor Alan Sked
Emeritus Professor Alan Sked on The Case for Brexit

On 8 June 2016, Emeritus Professor Alan Sked gave the Department's Public Lecture on The Case for Brexit: Why Britain Should Quit the EU. The event included an analysis of the failings of the EU and the advantages of Brexit. Professor Sked's insights made the rounds of the national newspapers (among others, The Daily TelegraphDaily Mail, The Huffington Post, Express). Listen to the podcast here.
Professor Janet Hartley on Channel One Russia Documentary "The Crimean War"

Professor Janet Hartley has participated in a historical documentary called “The Crimean War”. The latter was shown on Channel One Russia recently and it focuses particularly on the diplomatic and international context of the war. It includes contributions from French and Austrian academics as well as Russian historians. Professor Janet Hartley appears between minutes 20 and 30 and comments on the diplomatic causes and consequences of the War. Watch “The Crimean War” here (in Russian).
Dr Joanna Lewis
Dr Joanna Lewis on Benedict Anderson's Final Book in The Times Higher Education

Dr Joanna Lewis wrote a feature on Benedict Anderson’s last and final book, A Life Beyond Boundaries, for the The Times Higher Education on 2 June 2016. Dr Lewis’s review provides insight into Anderson’s most famous book, Imagined Communities, and his latest intellectual memoir, completed months before his death in December 2015. Read Dr Lewis’s opinion on nationalism’s truest friend and the books that made him a world authority here.
Dr Kristina Spohr on the Schmidt-Carter Non-Relationship in the OUP Blog

In an article published by the the Oxford University Press’s blog on 26 April, Dr Kristina Spohr explains how the Schmidt-Carter non-relationship “strained to the limit the bond between West Germany and America”. Her analysis, entitled “A Prickly Pair: Helmut Schmidt and Jimmy Carter”, shows why Schmidt and Carter’s relationship was soured from the beginning, marking an exception in the “chancellor’s modus operandi in international politics, which privileged the importance of reliable ‘political friendships.’” Read her article here.
Dr Kristina Spohr on Genscher in the European Politics and Policy LSE Blog

On 18 April 2016, Dr Kristina Spohr contributed a post to the EUROPP LSE Blog, called “A reminder of the road not taken: Hans-Dietrich Genscher and the holy grail of a united Europe. In her post, she writes about the career of the late Hans-Dietrich Genscher, West Germany’s longest serving foreign minister and vice-chancellor, his role in unifying Germany, and his ultimate aspiration to integrate both NATO and the Warsaw Pact into an all-European security order that incorporated the Soviet Union. Read the full post here.
Dr Joanna Lewis
Dr Joanna Lewis in the Times Higher Education

Dr Joanna Lewis, our specialist in African and Imperial History, was featured in an article published in the Times Higher Education on 14 April. She is one of several scholars around the world recommending ‘essential’ texts to introduce sixth-formers to the academy. Her choice is Owen Jones’s The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It (2014). Read why here.
Dr Kristina Spohr on Cambridge TV  on the Late Hans-Dietrich Genscher

On Friday, 8 April 2016, Dr Kristina Spohr was on Cambridge TV News. She gave a 10-minute long interview on Hans-Dietrich Genscher, the former German Foreign Minister (1974-1992), who passed away on 31 March 2016. Watch the interview here.
Professor Paul Preston in The Guardian

Professor Paul Preston wrote a riveting analysis of Hemingway’s 1937 play, “The Fifth Column”, for The Guardian on 18 March. Hemingway’s forgotten Spanish civil war play is to be produced for the second time ever from 24 March to 16 April, at the Southwark Playhouse, London. "The Fifth Column, now revived for the first time in 70 years, is fascinating for what it reveals about the author", claims Professor Preston. Read Professor Preston's full analysis here.
First-Year Undergraduate Student Arjun Alimchandani in The Independent

Arjun Alimchandani, one of our first-year undergraduate students, published a Voice article in The Independent on 18 March, entitled “Amol Rajan is Wrong: The Gateway to India is Mumbai, not 'Bombay'". Read Arjun Alimchandani’s article on Hindu nationalism and reactions to it here.
Dr Heather Jones on BBC Radio 4

Dr Heather Jones was on BBC Radio 4 talking about the Easter Rising 1916 on 18 and on 25 March. Dr Jones will explored how six days of armed struggle changed Irish and British History. Read more about it and catch up on the episodes here (UK only). On 14 March, Dr Heather Jones was an interviewed guest on the Start the Week, broadcast by the same radio station. The topic of conversation was “The Easter Rising: 100 Years On”. In her contribution, Dr Jones looked back a hundred years to the Easter Rising of 1916 and placed this historical moment in the context of the Great War. Listen to the the podcast here (UK only).
Dr Kristina Spohr on Meeting Helmut Schmidt

Dr Kristina Spohr has contributed a post to the Oxford University Press Blog (17 March) on "Meeting Helmut Schmidt: The Man Behind the Statesman". Her book, The Global Chancellor, is published by Oxford University Press and comes out on 24 March. In this post, Dr Spohr offers the reader a fascinating glance into her research and the man she places at the centre of her manuscript. Read the full post here.
Professor David Stevenson
Professor David Stevenson on BBC Future

Professor David Stevenson contributed to an article on why Britain introduced daylight time saving a hundred years ago for BBC Future on 11 March 2016. Love it or hate it, there’s a stubborn British campaigner one can thank. The article focuses on the builder who changed how the world keeps time. Read it here.
Dr Alan Best
Dr Antony Best in the Yomiuri Shimbun

Dr Antony Best was interviewed by the Japanese daily, the Yomiuri Shimbun, on 1 February 2016. In his interview, he talks about his recent book, Daiei Teikoku no Shin-Nichi Ha: Kaisen ha Naze Sakerare Nakattaka [British Japanophiles: Why Could Britain and Japan Not Avoid War?]. His book is translated from the original English-language essays by Dr Tomoki Takeda and came out in September 2015.
Dr Roham Alvandi in the Times Higher Education

Dr Roham Alvandi was quoted in an article in the Times Higher Education called “End of Iran Sanctions will not Lead to ‘Sea Change' in Region for HE” (28 January 2016). Read his views on the lifting of sanctions on Iran and Higher Education here.
PhD Student Caroline Green in the Guardian

Our PhD student Caroline Green had an article published in the Guardian on Friday, 8 January. Her article entitled, "UK Must Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with Women Living amid War", addresses the country’s shortcomings in the support given to the lives and livelihoods of women in conflict zones. Read the article here. Ms Green is interim director at Gender Action for Peace and Security. Her doctoral thesis is on morality and the end of Empire. She is being supervised by Dr Joanna Lewis, our expert on Modern Britain and Africa History.
Professor Hartley on BBC Four

Professor Janet Hartley appeared in the first two episodes of the BBC Four programme, Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley. The first episode aired on 6 January 2016 and the second episode aired a week later. Watch the trailer here. Read more about Empire of the Tsars here.
Dr Kristina Spohr on German TV ZDF and on BBC Radio 4

Dr Kristina Spohr was a co-presenter in the 5-part TV series 'Secrets of the Cold War’ (Geheimnisse des Kalten Krieges) on the German TV channel ZDFinfo, first aired on 27 and 28 December 2015. Watch part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5 of the TV series, currently available on live stream.

On 16 February 2016, Dr Spohr was on BBC Radio 4's Making History programme. At a time when historians are taking more and more interest in the end of the Cold War, with their research aided by the opening up of archives in the former Eastern Bloc countries, Helen Castor met up with Professor David Reynolds from the University of Cambridge and Dr Kristina Spohr to discuss history of the Cold War. Their new edited book, Transcending the Cold War (OUP) will be published in September 2016. Listen to Dr Kristina Spohr from 07m15s.

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.


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

LSE - Columbia University Double Masters Degree in International World History
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