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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. 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|



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|.


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|.



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|.



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Siberia: A History of the People

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Chile y la Guerra Fría Global

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

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When Soldiers Fall|

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

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Restless Empire|

Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750

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With Our Backs to the Wall|

With Our Backs to the Wall

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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

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St Petersburg and the Russian Court|

St Petersburg and the Russian Court, 1703-61

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