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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 as one of 3 UK universities in the top 10. Other UK institutions featuring in the top 40 include Warwick (24), KCL (26) and UCL (32).



LSE International History Performs Strongly on UK University League Tables

The Guardian's University Guide 2014| awarded History at LSE 4th place, just behind Cambridge, St Andrews and Brunel, while the independent Complete University Guide for 2014| lists LSE in 3rd place, ahead of Oxford and St Andrews on their History subject table. Both tables also makes clear that LSE history students continue to have the best rate of employability after graduation in the UK.



New Book by Dr Roham Alvandi on the US and Iran under the Shah|

Dr Roham Alvandi| has just published a new book by the Oxford University Press called Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War (2014). The book can be purchased through the publisher's site: Oxford University Press|. For more information, click here|.



Funding Success for Dr Kristina Spohr's Cold War Summitry Project|

Dr Kristina Spohr'|s collaborative project with Professor David Reynolds (Cambridge) on Cold War summits has been awarded around £21,000. Funding for this major international project has been awarded by the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant, LSE HEIF5 (Knowledge Exchange), Cambridge University's CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) and the Mellon Fund. For more details on the project, click here|.



BBC: The Railway War, 1914-1918

In July 2014, BBC2 will be showing a five-part documentary series on The Railway War, 1914-1918, presented by Michael Portillo. Professor David Stevenson| was the historical adviser for the series, and he is interviewed in Episode 4. Dr Heather Jones| is interviewed in Episode 5.


Spohr & Scowcroft

Dr Kristina Spohr speaks at Major International Conference|

Dr Kristina Spohr|, Deputy Head of the International History Department, was an invited guest speaker at the Petersberg in Königswinter on 5 February. For more information, click here|.


 When Soldiers Fall

Professor Steven Casey Publishes New Book|

Professor Steven Casey| has just published When Soldiers Fall: How Americans Have Confronted Combat Casualties from World War I to Afghanistan (2014). Buy this book from the publisher: Oxford University Press|. For more information, click here|.



Former PhD Student publishes First Monograph

The department is pleased to announce the publication of From Development to Dictatorship: Bolivia and the Alliance for Progress in the Kennedy Era by Dr Thomas C. Field Jr., who was supervised by Professor Odd Arne Westad| and Professor Nigel Ashton|. For more information, please visit the publisher's site: Cornell Press|.


Recent PhD Completions by IH Doctoral Students
The Department is pleased to announce that Benedict J-P W Greening has successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled ‘”This Island’s Mine”: Anglo-Bermuda power-sharing and the politics of race, oligarchy and violence, 1963-77’.



The Great War Interviews Collection on BBC Website

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the BBC has released a collection of 13 previously unseen interviews with veterans and civilians in the 1960s. The interviews were conducted for the landmark BBC series The Great War (1964). The interviews have been restored in collaboration with the Imperial War Museums and provide powerful first-hand accounts of the experiences of veterans and the women on the Home Front. They are now available to view on BBC iPlayer permanently, for free, to people in the UK. The interviews can be found here on the BBC website|.


 Restless Empire|

Westad named the winner of the 2013 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award

Professor Arne Westad|, Professor of International History and Co-Director of LSE IDEAS, won the 2013 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award, for his book Restless Empire: China and the world since 1750|. The five finalist books, which were recognised for their outstanding contributions to the understanding of Asia, were selected from over 100 nominations submitted by US and Asia-based publishers for books published in 2012. Arne Westad was named the winning author in late October and received a $20,000 prize.


 The Genesis of the Falklands Conflict|

Posthumous Publication of Gonzalez Book

The department is pleased to announce the posthumous publication of Martín Abel González's book, The Genesis of the Falklands (Malvinas) Conflict: Argentina, Britain and the Failed Negotiations of the 1960s| (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Martín was a former International History PhD student who taught for many years in the Department. He tragically passed away in an accident in 2011. Professor Nigel Ashton, who has edited the book for publication, said 'I am delighted to see Martín’s work published so that other scholars can now benefit from his insight into the genesis of the Falklands/Malvinas conflict in the 1960s. This book serves as a fitting tribute to Martín’s outstanding scholarship'.



International History marks the sad loss of Tadeusz Jagodzinski

Tadeusz who completed MSc in History of International Relations in the Department of International History in 2007 died tragically in Czestochowa on 5 July.  A journalist by profession, he worked for the Polish section of the BBC until it closed in 2005.  At that point he made the important decision to complete a master’s degree at the LSE which he did with merit. At the time of his death he worked for the Polish Embassy in London.

More on Tadeusz can be found here|.



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|



LSE - Columbia University Double Masters Degree in International World History|
LSE-PKU Double MSc International Affairs|