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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.


Professor Janet Hartley's new book is out now|

Professor Hartley|'s new book, Siberia: A History of the People has now been published by Yale University Press .  It explores the history of this vast Russian wasteland - whose very name is a common euphemism for remote bleakness and exile - through the lives of the people who settled there, either willingly, desperately, or as prisoners condemned to exile or forced labour in mines or the gulag. It has been reviewed already in  The Sunday Times| and The Spectator|. Professor Hartley will be speaking about her book and its themes at a launch in LSE on 9 October. For more details see our Events| section.



New Book by Professor Preston on Santiago Carrillo, Franco’s Most Determined Opponent

Professor Paul Preston has recently published his latest book, entitled The Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo| (Collins, 2014). Drawing on the numerous, continuously revised accounts Carrillo created of his life, and contrasting them with those produced by his friends and enemies, Professor Paul Preston unravels the legend of a devastating and controversial figure at the heart of twentieth-century Spanish politics. More details about the book can be found ion the publisher’s page|.

When Soldiers Fall

New Book by Professor Steven Casey on US Casualty Reporting|

Professor Steven Casey| has recently 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|.



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

Dr Roham Alvandi
| has recently 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|. Dr Alvandi will be speaking about his book at its launch on 16 October. For more details see our Events| section.



New Gerda-Henkel GHIL Visiting Professor joins the Department

The Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Kiran Klaus Patel, Professor of European and Global History at the University of Maastricht, to the position of Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor for 2014-15. This position is jointly held between department and the German Historical Institute London (GHIL) with the generous support of the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf.


Video interview with Professor Paul Preston

Professor Paul Preston’s groundbreaking and high-profile work on Spain, the legacy of Francoism and the atrocities committed during the twentieth century was submitted as one of the department’s Impact Case Studies in the recent UK Research Excellence Framework process. A short film is available here| in which Professor Preston discusses his research and how it influenced the debate in contemporary Spain on these important issues.
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|.
Former PhD Student Publishes First Monograph

The Department is pleased to announce the publication of Austro-Hungarian War Aims in the Balkans During World War I by Dr Marvin Benjamin Fried|, a guest teacher in the Department.  Marvin received his PhD under the supervision of Professor David Stevenson and has been teaching in the Department of International History since 2007. For more information about the book, please visit the publisher's site|. Dr Fried will be speaking about his book at its launch on 15 October. For more details see our Events|section.



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|.



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|



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