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In this section you can find news of relevance about the Department and its members, such as new appointments, publications, book launches, awards received, speaking engagements, media coverage and standings in world and national ranks.


Dr Antony 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.
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.
New Publication by Professor David Stevenson

Professor David Stevenson’s newest book was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016. The book, edited with Thomas Mahnken and Joseph Maiolo, is called Arms Races in International Politics: from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century. Professor Stevenson has contributed a section introduction, a chapter, and a conclusion to the book. The volume provides the first comprehensive history of the arms racing phenomenon in modern international politics, drawing both on theoretical approaches and on the latest historical research. It is divided into four sections: before 1914; the inter-war years; the Cold War; and extra-European and post-Cold War arms races. Arms Races in International Politics addresses two key questions: what causes arms races and what is the connection between arms races and the outbreak of wars. Read Chapter 1 here.
New Book by Professor Anita Prazmowska

Professor Anita Prazmowska newest book came out in December 2015. Wladyslaw Gomulka. A Biography is part of series Communist Lives, published by I.B. Tauris. The volume is a new and challenging reinterpretation of the role played by the Polish Communist leader in Polish and European politics. Professor Prazmowska traces Gomulka's progression from a poorly educated worker in the Krosno district of Poland, to his election as First Party Secretary in 1956 and finally to his forced resignation in 1970. She considers Gomulka's pivotal role in building a communist-led resistance in occupied Poland during World War II as well as the critical part he played in post-war Polish politics and the 'de-Stalinization' process. Incorporating recently released and previously unpublished sources, this book provides a vivid picture of how Communism functioned in Poland and an original analysis of Poland's international role in the Cold War era. Read more about the book and purchase it in the publisher’s website, I.B.Tauris.
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. Watch episode one and two on BBC iPlayer (UK only).
Dr Kristina Spohr on German TV ZDF

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. You can watch part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5 of the TV series currently available on live stream.


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’.
Dr Kristina Spohr on Helmut Schmidt's Death in the Guardian and in the German and Finnish Press

Dr Kristina Spohr, our expert in International History of Germany since 1945, marked the death of Chancellor Schmidt on 10 November 2015 with an opinion article in the Guardian. In her article, entitled "Helmut Schmidt – a German leader with a global vision", Dr Spohr claimed "his reputation is understated at home, but the West German chancellor’s brilliance on the world stage made him one of Europe’s greatest leaders”. "As a historian I would argue that Schmidt, who was chancellor from 1974 to 1982, ranks alongside the best global leaders. Schmidt’s achievements were not so much in the national arena but as what I have called a “global chancellor”. "Helmut Schmidt deserves to be remembered as West Germany’s “global chancellor”. Dr Spohr, who was with Helmut Schmidt in October 2015, explains the concept of Helmut Schmidt as a "Global Chancellor" in her upcoming book published by Oxford University Press, called The Global Chancellor: Helmut Schmidt and the Reshaping of the International Order. Her book will come out in March 2016 and can be pre-ordered at Amazon. Dr Spohr's reference to Helmut Schmidt as "the global chancellor" has been referenced extensively in the German media. Namely in the Der Spiegel, Zeit, Express, Focus Magazine (online video),, Deutschlandfunk, Hamburger Abendblatt and in the Westdeutsche Zeitung. She also wrote a commentary for the Finnish newspaper, Iltalehti.

Dr Kristina Spohr Interviewed by L.I.S.A.

Dr Kristina Spohr was interviewed about the late former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt for L.I.S.A, the Science Portal of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, on 24 November 2015. The interview, which can be read here, is in German and is entitled: "Helmut Schmidt hat Weltpolitik betrieben”. The Department of International History and and the Gerda Henkel Foundation co-operate to host the yearly Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship which aims to promote awareness in Britain of German research on the history of the German Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic, and to stimulate comparative work on German history in a European context.
Professor Anita Prazmowska Donates Rare Collection of Postcards

Professor Anita Prazmowska was in Warsaw on 3 November 2015 to donate rare postcards written between a Jewish friend, Tamara Frymer, based in London, and the latter's family, trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War. "Professor Prazmowska only found out about the postcards after her friend's death, when her son, Martin, showed them to her. After his death in March this year, Prazmowska, fearing these historical artifacts might be lost, asked the executor of Martin's will to let her take them to Poland. The postcards will now go on display at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and be included in the Central Jewish Library, an online collection of digitized Jewish documents from the Institute's archives". Read more about this incredible donation which tells a deep emotional story of a Jewish family's struggle for survival as reported by the Haaretz Newspaper. Watch Professor Prazmowska on Polish-speaking TVN Warszawa talking about her donation.
Dr Kristina Spohr at the Churchill College's Political Leadership Symposium

Dr Kristina Spohr, our specialist in the International History of Germany since 1945, participated in the The Challenge of Political Leadership Symposium on Friday, 13 November 2015, at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. This one day symposium sought to look at the challenge of understanding, assessing and improving political leadership. It sought to bring together historians and political scientists with politicians and practitioners in a multidisciplinary and cross party approach. British Labour politician, Lord Peter Mandelson, and former Secretary of State for Education and Home Secretary, The Right Honourable Charles Clarke, were the keynote speakers. The event was a collaboration between the Churchill Archives Centre, The Møller Centre, Cambridge University Department of Politics and International Studies and the Faculty of History.

Watch Dr Spohr's participation at the Symposium. Watch Dr Spohr give an interview to Cambridge TV about the Challenge of Political Leadership.
New Publication by Professor Steven Casey

Professor Steven Casey’s new book, Mental Maps in the Era of Détente and the End of the Cold War, was published in October. The book, edited jointly with Professor Jonathan Wright, is the final volume of a trilogy that explores the ‘mental maps’ of key leaders during the twentieth century. It features thirteen studies, including chapters on Nixon and Kissinger, Brezhnev and Gorbachev, Allende and Deng, Nyerere and Mandela. Read more about the book from the publisher, Palgrave-Macmillan.
Another Honorary Doctorate for Professor Paul Preston

On 26 October 2015, the Universitat de Valencia awarded Professor Paul Preston his fourth Honorary Doctorate. This honour was preceded by three other Honorary Doctorates awarded by British and Spanish Universities this year alone in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements. On 15 May, Professor Preston was made Doctor Honoris Causa in the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona). Another Honorary Doctorate followed on 21 July, awarded by the University of Liverpool, the city of his birth, where other doctorands included the Archbishop of Canterbury and the President of Ireland. A third Honorary Doctorate was awarded on 28 September at the Universidad de Extremadura in Cáceres. The latest Honorary Doctorate by the Universitat de Valencia has been widely reported in the Spanish press, including in the newspapers, El Pais, El Mundo and Vanguardia. Professor Paul Preston is due to receive a fifth Honorary Doctorate in the coming months from the Universitat de Barcelona.
Professor Prazmowska on BBC World Service

On 26 October 2015, Professor Anita Prazmowska was on BBC World Service, Newshour. She commented on the recent Polish elections, saying that "this was an election where people voted for emotions rather than policies". Listen to her analysis here.
Konrad Adenauer Foundation and LSE Agree on Fellowship in 20th Century European History

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin, and the LSE concluded an agreement to establish a post-doctoral "KAS–LSE Fellowship in Twentieth-Century European History". Applications can be made at the beginning of 2016. The fellowships will give post-doctoral fellows access to higher education and enable research and teaching at the prestigious LSE for twelve months. Both institutions are committed to European and international cooperation. The aim is to open opportunities in higher education and to forge the institutional and academic relationships to enable post-doctoral students to undertake innovative research. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation promotes excellence in modern history, contemporary history and political science through its post-docoral fellowships which support the values of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation; the fellows will go on to prestigious posts in universities or in the non-university sector. Contact for application, Dr Susanna Schmidt, Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Professor Paul Preston Receives his Third Honorary Doctorate

On 28 September 2015, Professor Paul Preston received his third honorary doctorate from the University of Extremadura, Spain. Enrique Moradiellos, the doctor’s sponsor and a professor at the University of Extremadura, described Professor Preston as “the finest British Hispanist around today”. The ceremony was presided over by the Rector of the University of Extremadura, Segundo Píriz Durán, and by the President of the Government of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara. This year alone, Professor Paul Preston has received two other honorary doctorates. One from the University of Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona (15 May 2015) and another from the University of Liverpool (21 July 2015), where other doctorands included the Archbishop of Canterbury and the President of Ireland. Professor Paul Preston's third honorary doctorate was widely reported in the Spanish press, including in the Canal Extremadura TV (video), El, EFE , Europa Press, Pú, La República, La Vanguardia, W Radio.
New Publication by Dr Antony Best

Dr Antony Best's new co-edited volume, Japan and the Great War, came out in October. The book, edited jointly with Dr Oliviero Frattolillo, gives emphasis to the "many ways in which the conflict shaped Japan both at the time and in its aftermath". The study features seven internationally renowned experts on Japanese and Asian history. Read more about the book from the publisher, Palgrave-Macmillan.
When Soldiers Fall
Professor Steven Casey Wins the 2015 Richard E. Neustadt Prize

Professor Steven Casey has won the 2015 Richard E. Neustadt Prize for his book, When Soldiers Fall: How Americans have Confronted Combat Casualties, from World War I to Afghanistan (Oxford University Press). This is the second time he has won the prize, which is awarded annually by the American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association for the best book in American Politics. In 2009, Professor Casey's book, Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion, 1950-1953 (Oxford University Press, 2008; paperback 2010), also won the Neustadt Prize.
Dr Roham Alvandi's Book Event at the Nixon Presidential Library

Dr Roham Alvandi was at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on 17 September, talking about his book, Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah. His book was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best history books of 2014. It offers a new account of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi's relationship with the United States by examining the partnership he forged with President Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. Watch the event here.
New Book by Dr Antony Best

Dr Antony Best has published a book in Japanase called Daiei Teikoku no Shin-Nichi Ha: Kaisen ha Naze Sakerare Nakattaka [British Japanophiles: Why Could Britain and Japan Not Avoid War?] (Chuo Koron Shuppansha, Tokyo, 2015). The book is translated from the original English-language essays by Dr Tomoki Takeda. Dr Best is the department's expert on Anglo-Japanese relations and the history of modern Japan.
New Publications by our Faculty

Professor Janet Hartley, Dr Paul Keenan and Emeritus Professor Dominic Lieven edited a volume called, Russia and the Napoleonic Wars (Palgrave 2015) which came out on 15 September. As the publisher tells us, "this volume brings together the most important and new research on Russia and the Napoleonic period by Russian and non-Russian historians. Their work demonstrates why this period is so significant both for internal Russian developments and for an understanding of Russia's relationship with Europe."
New publication by Dr Heather Jones

Dr Heather Jones has a new co-edited book coming out on 14 September. The book, published in French with Nicolas Beaupré and Anne Rasmussenis, focus on the First World War, her area of expertise, and it's called Dans la guerre 1914-1918. Accepter, Endurer, Refuser. Read more about it here (in french).
New publication by Professor Nigel J. Ashton

Professor Nigel J. Ashton has published a new article in The International History Review (2015), called "Searching for a Just and Lasting Peace? Anglo-American Relations and the Road to United Nations Security Council Resolution 242". His article analyses the Anglo-American diplomacy at the United Nations which led to the passing of the Security Council Resolution 242. It argues that the policy-making of the Johnson administration was rendered incoherent by internal rivalries and disorganisation. US Ambassador to the UN, Arthur Goldberg, was perceived as excessively sympathetic to Israel by the Arab delegations. The British approach, by contrast, was perceived by all parties as more even-handed. The clear position adopted by Foreign Secretary George Brown on Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories, together with the skilful diplomacy of the Ambassador to the UN, Lord Caradon, explains the British success in sponsoring Resolution 242. The episode holds broader lessons for the conduct of Anglo-American relations showing that Britain was better placed to achieve diplomatic success when it retained its freedom of manoeuvre in relations with the United States. If you have an LSE account, you can read the article for free here.
Dr T C. Sherman
New book by Dr Taylor C. Sherman

Dr Taylor C. Sherman has a new book coming out in September, called Muslim Belonging in Secular India: Negotiating Citizenship in Postcolonial Hyderabad (Cambridge University Press). Dr Sherman's book surveys the experience of some of India's most prominent Muslim communities in the early postcolonial period. Muslims who remained in India after the Partition of 1947 faced distrust and discrimination, and were consequently compelled to seek new ways of defining their relationship with fellow citizens of India and its governments. Using the forcible integration of the princely state of Hyderabad in 1948 as a case study, Taylor C. Sherman reveals the fragile and contested nature of Muslim belonging in the decade that followed independence. In this context, she demonstrates how Muslim claims to citizenship in Hyderabad contributed to intense debates over the nature of democracy and secularism in independent India. Drawing on detailed new archival research, Dr Sherman provides a thorough and compelling examination of the early governmental policies and popular strategies that have helped to shape the history of Muslims in India since 1947. Read more about it here.
Dr Scanlan on Share Radio

Dr Padraic X. Scanlan appeared on 8 August 2015 as one of the guests on "The History of Booms, Busts and Bubbles," a programme hosted by the presenter Rita Lobo, on the financial news and commentary radio station Share Radio. He talked about slavery and the impact it had on the British Empire. Listen to the podcast of this very interesting broadcast here.
Dr Roham Alvandi on BBC World News

Dr Roham Alvandi, the department's expert on Iran, Modern Middle East, and the Cold War, was interviewed by BBC World News on 24 August 2015 about the opening of the British and Iranian embassies in Tehran and London. Watch the interview here.
Dr Dayna Barnes Appointed the 2015 Pinto Postdoctoral Fellow

The Department of International History and IDEAS have the pleasure to announce that Dr Dayna Barnes is the new 2015 LSE IDEAS Pinto Postdoctoral Fellow. She completed her PhD in International History at the London School of Economics, where she also received an MSc in the Theory and History of International Relations. She recently served as the 2014-2015 Kiriyama Fellow at the University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies. Dr Barnes has also held positions at the University of Winchester, Tokyo University, and San Francisco State University. Her research interests include 20th century international history, American foreign policy, and US-Japan relations. She is currently working on a book project examining the development of American postwar planning for Japan during World War Two.
Cees Heere
International History PhD Student wins Institute of Historical Research's Pollard Prize

Cees Heere, a PhD student at the Department supervised by Dr Antony Best, is this year’s recipient of the Institute of Historical Research’s Pollard Prize for the best paper given to one of the Institute’s research seminars by a doctoral student. As a result he will have his paper published in the IHR’s peer-reviewed journal Historical Research and be given books to the value of £200. Mr Heere’s paper, which is entitled ‘The Imperial Politics of Asian Immigration 1900-1914’, was presented to the International History seminar at the IHR in January this year. The Department wishes to congratulate this extremely pleasant and talented individual on this wonderful achievement.
Dr Kristina Spohr on The Guardian

Dr Kristina Spohr and Professor Christopher Clark wrote a comment for The Guardian, published in May 2015. The comment entitled "Moscow’s account of Nato expansion is a case of false memory syndrome" asserts that it's time for a reality check. "Russia’s grievances today rest on a narrative of past betrayals, slights and humiliations". The comment can be read here.
International History Postgraduate Student, George Arnold - MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, Wins Bursary to Study at LSE-UCT July Summer School

In his own words:

Walking through the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre one afternoon in late February, a poster advertising the LSE-UCT July Summer School caught my eye. After some follow-up research of the course I decided to apply for the full bursary to study at the University of Cape Town at the end of June – and was exceedingly fortunate to have won. During my time at UCT I will be enrolled on the Africa and Global Transformation course which looks to understand the burgeoning relationships between Africa and other emerging powers (such as Brazil, China and India) and how these are subsequently effecting the development of the continent. I am particularly excited to investigate the angle of South Africa and her role in BRICS and how this transcends over to being a continental leader. 

After my time at UCT I will be delving into a few of the archives to pursue some primary research for my MSc dissertation. I will be looking at the role of two monuments in South Africa, the Rhodes Memorial just outside Cape Town and the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, and how they were used in public coverage to indoctrinate apartheid ideology into the English-speaking white population during the late-1950s and early-1960s. Initially being based in Cape Town, I will venture to the Rhodes Memorial itself and look at the archives of the Cape Times (as well as anything else I find at UCT). Afterwards a trip to Pretoria will allow me to visit the Voortrekker Monument and investigate the differences between the coverage of regional newspapers, such as the Pretoria News and Rand Daily Mail, with those of Cape Town’s. As a comparative study my research will look to incorporate the broad themes of memorialization as a tool of nation-state building; understanding how, and to what effect, the apartheid state was able to control news and public coverage; and finally be used as a comparative study between two distinct regions of South Africa to better understand how centralized apartheid’s ideology actually was – or whether it was regionalized and the government was pragmatic in its application. 

I am very much looking forward to my time at UCT and my subsequent dissertation research (hoping that there proves to be some primary evidence to back up my working thesis too!). There could be a lot worse places to be based than Cape Town to get to expand my knowledge on the African continent this summer, so delighted to be heading off there this Friday. Please feel free to get in touch with me at ‘w . g. arnold @ lse . ac. uk’ if you any recommendations on places to go, people to see, and experiences to try out!


Dr Tanya Harmer Wins Student-led Teaching Excellence Award for Research Support and Guidance

Dr Tanya Harmer has won the Award for Research Support and Guidance at this year’s student-led Teaching Excellence Awards. The awards are run by the Students’ Union, supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre and sponsored by the Annual Fund. This year, competition was particularly hard, as students made 1362 nominations for 555 individual members of staff. This is a terrific achievement for Dr Tanya Harmer who last year had won the Major Review Award.


Dr Heather Jones Contributes to RTÉ Documentary

Dr Heather Jones contributed to a documentary broadcast by RTÉ on Tuesday, 21 April 2015, called 'Gallipoli-Ireland's Forgotten Heroes'. In the documentary, David Davin-Power travels to Turkey to commemorate the 3,000 Irish soldiers who were killed at the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War.
International History of Twentieth Century and Beyond, 3rd Edition

The third edition of the hugely successful International History of Twentieth Century and Beyond was out in March 2015 with new updates and additions. The volume, co-authored by our lecturers, Dr Antony Best and Dr Kirsten Schulze, and former lecturers in our department, Professor Jussi M. Hanhimäki and Professor Joseph A. Maiolo, features several updates, namely, new material on the Arab Spring, including specific focus on Libya and Syria and increased debate on the question of US decline and the rise of China. The new edition also includes a new chapter on the international history of human rights and its advocacy organisations, including NGOs, and a timeline to give increased context to those studying the topic for the first time.

Read Professor Jussi M. Hanhimäki's interview about the new edition here.

Buy the book here.
"Why My Curriculum Is Not White" by BA History Rayhan Chouglay

Rayhan Chouglay, a BA History at our department, reviews his undergraduate curriculum in "Why My Curriculum Is Not White", published in The Beaver, the LSE SU newspaper on 24 February 2015. Chouglay praises the diversity taught in our department, contrary to what the BME Network campaign, “Why is my curriculum white?”, and hopes to “show other departments and courses what they should aspire to”. Read the article here.
Dr Tanya Harmer
Dr Tanya Harmer awarded a British Academy Newton Mobility Award

Dr Tanya Harmer has been awarded a British Academy Newton Mobility Award worth £9,962 to lead a collaborative research project with Dr Alberto Martín Álvarez at the Instituto Mora in Mexico City on "Transnational and Global Histories of Latin America's Revolutionary Left." The project will centre around two international conferences in 2016 on Latin American left-wing movements' transnational and global connections during the Cold War.
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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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.
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.


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.

Professor Vladislav Zubok

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.”


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.


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.
Dr Roham Alvandi on Ireland's Newstalk Radio 5

Dr Roham Alvandi spoke on a panel discussion on "Nixon and Détente" for Ireland’s Newstalk Radio on 5 October 2014, alongside historians Daniel Geary, Margaret Macmillan, and Jeremi Suri. The panel was hosted by Patrick Geoghegan on his ‘Talking History’ radio show. The podcast is available here.


Dr Roham Alvandi on the Deutsche Welle

Dr Roham Alvandi gave an interview to the German international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, about US-Iran relations and the situation in Iraq. Dr Alvandi argues that politics prevent Tehran and Washington from cooperating publicly against the Islamic State. The interview was published on 25 September 2014 and can be read here.


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.


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.


Dr Roham Alvandi in a Panel Discussion at the Cargenie Endowment

Dr Roham Alvandi was at the Carnegie Endowment, Washington DC, to discuss the Persian Gulf on 10 September 2014. He was part of a panel titled, “Unlikely Allies: U.S.-Iranian-Saudi Cooperation in the Persian Gulf”. Dr Alvandi " reflected on the last period of U.S.-Iranian-Saudi collaboration—during the Cold War—when the three countries were united against communism. He shared insights from his new book, Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War, highlighting how the Nixon-Shah relationship can illuminate the future path of U.S.-Iranian relations". For more information about this event and to listen to the podcast visit the Carnegie Endowment website.

Eirini Karamouzi

University of Sheffield Post for Former Research Student and Pinto Fellow

One of the Department's former research students and Pinto Fellow, Dr Eirini Karamouzi, has obtained a lectureship in Contemporary History at the University of Sheffield. Her new contact details can be found here. We congratulate her and wish her all the best for her future endeavours.


Paul Preston's Latest Book Reviewed by The Spectator and The Economist

The Spectator
published a review of Professor Paul Preston's latest book, The Last Stalinist: The Life of Santiago Carrillo, on 23 August 2014. The book reviewer, JP O'Malley, concludes his essay by saying that "The Last Stalinist is yet another reminder that Paul Preston remains the most reliable historian in the English-speaking world for anyone wishing to understand the complicated power struggles between left and right in Spanish politics over the course of the 20th century." Read the full review by The Spectator. The Economist's review was published on 13 September 2014. Paul Preston's manuscript was deemed "both sobering and welcome". Read the full review by The Economist.
Raving Reviews on Professor Hartley's Siberia, a History of the People

On 20 July 2014, the Sunday Times published a review on Professor Janet Hartley's latest book, Siberia, a History of the People, calling the volume "a deft history", a "beautifully chosen and told compendium of life stories". Read the full review here. A few weeks later, on 16 August 2014,
the Specator published a review on the book written by Will Nicoll. He calls it a "masterful study of Siberia's people". He goes on to say that "Hartley’s skill lies in her ability to make historical events vivid and accessible" and that her book will "be particularly useful to a generation of young Siberians, eager to understand their wild region’s extraordinary past".


Dr Heather Jones gives a lecture at the Parnell Summer School

Dr Heather Jones was invited to give a lecture to the Parnell Summer School in Avondale, Co Wicklow, Ireland, on the topic of “Violent transgression and the First World War, 1914–1918”. The lecture was to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel and was reported in the Irish Times on 12 August 2014. Read the article here.


Professor Prazmowska and Dr Jones on BBC Radio 4

On 11 August 2014, Professor Anita Prazmowska and Dr Heather Jones spoke in BBC Radio 4's programme 'Document': 'The Hague Warning'. The programme examined "the state of the British intelligence community [in July 1939], the split between appeasers and those who distrusted every German move and why this Document and the later Venlo incident in which two British intelligence officers walked into a trap laid by the Germans, was a Secret Intelligence Crisis".  Listen to it here.

Professor David Stevenson

Professor David Stevenson's Articles on World War One

On 1 August 2014, Professor David Stevenson contributed a short post on "LSE and the First World War" for the LSE blog, followed by another article on 4 August 2014 for Sky News, "World War One And The 'Short-War Illusion'".
BBC Two: Railways of the Great War

In August 2014, BBC Two showed a five-part documentary series on the Railways of the Great War, presented by Michael Portillo. Professor David Stevenson was the historical adviser for the series, and he is interviewed in Episode 4: On Track to Victory. Dr Heather Jones is interviewed in Episode 5: Railways and Remembrance.


RTE: Nationwide: WW1 - 100 Years

Dr Heather Jones contributed to the documentary "Nationwide: WW1 - 100 Years" broadcast by the Irish TV station, RTE, on 30 July 2014. This First World War special examined a collection of photos found in an Irish cellar which were developed to reveal Irish men on the front line. Watch it here.


Dr Tanya Harmer's Book Launch in Chile

Dr Tanya Harmer was in Santiago, Chile, on 28 July to launch her new book, co-edited with Alfredo Riquelme, Chile y la Guerra Fría Global. The book is the result of a conference Dr Harmer organised between LSE IDEAS and the Institute of History at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2009. The event was featured in the national Chilean newspaper La Tercera. Read more about the book launch here.


Dr Roham Alvandi contributes an op-ed to the International New York Times

On 10 July 2014, Dr Roham Alvandi wrote an op-ed contribution to the International New York Times, called "Open the Files on the Iran Coup". He argues that Britain and the United States need to release their files on the 1953 coup in Iran. Read the contribution here.


Dr Heather Jones on BBC Radio 3

On 30 June 2014, Dr Heather Jones was on BBC Radio 3 The Essay as part of their Minds at War series. She talked about Henri Barbusse's novel Le Feu in light of how great artists and thinkers responded to the First World War in individual work. Listen to the broadcast here.


Dr Heather Jones on BBC News Magazine

On 29 June 2014, Dr Heather Jones's latest article, "WW1: Was it really the First World War?", was published online on BBC News Magazine. In the article, she ponders on whether the war we now call the First World War or World War One is really an accurate description, whether it was really a global war and whether it was really the "first". In the first 24 hours after publication online the article got over half a million hits and was the 14th most read story on the BBC website.


Dr Heather Jones on Sky News

On 28 June 2014, exactly a century after Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated, triggering the First World War, Dr Heather Jones was invited to give a history lesson on Sky News. Watch the full interview here.


Dr Roham Alvandi’s Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah chosen as one of the Financial Times’s summer books 2014

In the newspaper's section entitled FT’s Summer Books 2014, Tony Barber, Europe Editor and Associate Editor of the Financial Times, writes about Dr Roham Alvandi’s latest book: "Knowledge of the 1970s, when Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was one of Washington’s closest global allies, is essential for anyone wishing to understand why it is so difficult for the US and Iran to overcome their differences. Alvandi throws new light on the period by showing that Iran’s last shah was more than just President Richard Nixon’s cat’s paw in the Middle East."


Dr Roham Alvandi interviewed on BBC World News

Dr Roham Alvandi was interviewed on BBC World News television on 17 June regarding US-Iran relations and the unfolding crisis in Iraq. Speaking with the BBC’s David Eades, he discussed the potential for Iranian-American military cooperation in Iraq and the importance of opening a dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia to stem the rising tide of Sunni-Shi’a conflict in the region. Watch the video clip here. Dr Alvandi is the author of the recent book, Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War, published by Oxford University Press.


Gearty Grilling featuring Dr Heather Jones on the First World War

In June 2014, Dr Heather Jones participated in the weekly Gearty Grilling. She discussed why the British public supported the First World War and thousands of men volunteered to fight despite reports of massive casualties. Gearty Grilling is a weekly series of short, to-the-point video debates from LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) on key issues affecting the world today. It's purpose is to showcase the School's word class research and faculty. Watch the interview.


Dr Heather Jones presents World War One programme on Radio BBC World Service

Supported by rare material from the archives, Dr Heather Jones talks about how war affected populations around the world beyond the static front lines in Northern Europe (Somme, Verdun, Ypres and the Vimy Ridge). The show, World War One, aired on Saturday 14 June 2014 at 8:06 GMT and at 19.06 GMT on Sunday 15 June.


Dr Roham Alvandi Partipates in Roundtable Discussion at the Hague Institute for Global Justice

Dr Roham Alvandi participated in a roundtable discussion on US-Iran relations at the Hague Institute for Global Justice in the Netherlands on 21 May. His presentation was on the role of history in US-Iran détente and the importance of releasing British and US government documents on the Anglo-American coup in Iran in 1953. The discussion was part of The Hague Roundtable Series which brought together policymakers, academics and civil society representatives with key international expertise on Iran.


Funding Success for Dr Kristina Spohr's Cold War Summitry

Dr Kristina Spohr
, Deputy Head of the International History Department is lead-author of a book entitled Cold War Summitry: Transcending the Division of Europe, 1970-1990, for which she has a contract with Oxford University Press.

She is collaborating on this project with Professor David Reynolds (Cambridge University), with whom she has recently won a British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant as well as getting awards from LSE HEIF5 (Knowledge Exchange), and Cambridge University's CRASSH (Centre for research in the arts, social sciences and humanities) and Mellon Fund, amounting overall to £ 21,000.

This is to hold a conference on the book at Cambridge University (22-23 Sept. 2014) and a practitioners seminar at the FCO, London (24 Sept. 2014). A document collection of ca. 100 digitised government sources from Germany, Britain, France, America, Russia and China will be made publicly available after the conference by the National Security Archive in Washington D.C.


New Book by Dr Roham Alvandi, Nixon, Kissinger, and 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. The book challenges the conventional view of the shah as a mere instrument of American power during the Cold War by extending the study of US-Iran relations into the 1970s when the shah emerged as a major international figure. Dr Alvandi’s research draws on Persian-language sources and extensive multi-archival research, making use of recently declassified U.S. documents. The book examines the origins of Iran's nuclear program in the 1970s under the shah. The manuscript can be purchased on Amazon.


Rosalind Coffey wins Award for Excellent Feedback and Communication as part of LSE's Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards

Miss Rosalind Coffey, a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the International History Department, won the Award for Excellent Feedback and Communication, as part of the Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards organised by the LSE Students’ Union. In the words of LSESU Education Officer, Rosie Coleman, the award stands for “someone who is approachable, responsive, provides excellent feedback and is willing to use innovative communication to help he students develop and understand”. This year, there was a steep competition with an overwhelming response from students, who submitted 993 individual nomination for best LSE teachers.

Shlala Conference

Dr Elizabeth Shlala Presents a Paper in Symposium in Turkey

Dr Elizabeth Shlala, Teaching and Visiting Research Fellow in the International History Department, participated in the international symposium 'Writing Women's Lives/ KADIN HAYATLARINI YAZMAK' over the Easter break in Istanbul, Turkey. Presenting on the panel, Representation and Invisibility, Dr Shlala gave a paper entitled, 'Using Court Records to Recover Women's Voices in the Ottoman Empire.' The symposium was held over two days and was jointly sponsored by the Women's Library and Information Center Foundation and the History Department at Yeditepe University. 

Dr Elizabeth Shlala

Martin Abel González Prize Winners Announced

Rosalind Coffey, Valeska Huber, Andrea Mason, Robin Mills and Elizabeth Shlala won this year’s Martin Abel González Prize. The Department awarded the five prizes to the Graduate Teaching Assistants, Guest Teachers and Teaching Fellows with the best TQARO teaching scores.

This prize was set up in 2011-12 and is named in memory of  Martín Abel González, a Graduate Teaching Assistant who served for many years at the Department and who tragically passed away in the summer of 2011. It is a prize that recognises excellence in teaching and professionalism as these were qualities that distinguished Martín Abel González.

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 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014). Buy this book from the publisher: Oxford University Press.To coincide with the publication of this major new book, which transforms our understanding of how American society has confronted major wars since 1914, Professor Casey has appeared on the American public radio show, ‘Roundtable,’ and has also published a number of opinion pieces, including "Obama was Right to Have Republican Robert Gates as Defense Secretary," U.S. News & World Report, 19 January 2014,"What Bob Gates' Memoir Tells Us about Casualties," The Interpreter, 14 January 2014,and "America's Love Affair with Technowar," History News Network, 30 December 2013.


Spohr & Scowcroft

Spohr Invited to Speak at the 2014 Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s Conference

Dr Kristina Spohr, Deputy Head of the International History Department, was an invited guest speaker at the Petersberg in Königswinter on 5 February. She gave a lecture entitled ‘"Die deutsch-amerikanische Sicherheitspolitik in der Phase der Wiedervereinigung 1989/90",or "A story of German International Emancipation through Political Unification" as part of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s conference "Die Ära Kohl im Gespräch". Fellow lecturers included former chancellor Helmut Kohl’s national security advisor Horst Teltschik and former U.S. president George H.W. Bush’s national security advisor General Brent Scowcroft.


 QS World University Rankings

History at LSE Highly Rated in Major World Rankings

The Department of International 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 feature in the top 40 include Warwick (24), KCL (26) and UCL (32).


Complete University Guide

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.



Jones Interviewed for BBC Radio 4 documentary on First World War

Dr Heather Jones featured as one of the contributors to a new documentary on the First World, entitled ‘The Great War of Words’. The first episode was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 9am on Tuesday 4 February, with a repeat at 21.30 that evening. It is also available through the BBC iPlayer service. For more details, please see the programme's homepage.



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 (Malvinas) 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'.


Allende's Chile

Publications: Allende and 40th Anniversary of the Coup in Chile

Wednesday 11th September 2013 marked the 40th Anniversary of the coup in Chile against President Salvador Allende. Two members of the Department of International History published work on Allende and Chile during his presidency. Dr Tanya Harmer's award-winning book, Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War (2012) published in Spanish. Dr Victor Figueroa Clark's new biography, Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat, had been published in August by Pluto Books.

 Timothy Snyder


Award-winning Historian Appointed as Next Philippe Roman Chair

Historian and award-winning author Professor Timothy Snyder took up the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for 2013-14. Professor Snyder was the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specialising in the political history of central and eastern Europe as well as the Holocaust. A prolific author, he has written five award-winning books including Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, which has received ten awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities and the Leipzig Award for European Understanding and was named on 12 book-of-the-year lists for 2010. Professor Snyder is currently teaching HY445: The Holocaust as Global History.



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.


 National Student Survey

International History Top-Rated at LSE in 2013 NSS

The Department of International History achieved outstanding results in the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS). The overall satisfaction rating for undergraduate History degrees was 98%, an improvement on the already-impressive 95 % in 2012, and included an unprecedented 100% satisfaction rating amongst BA History students.


Complete University Guide

History at LSE Ranked Second Overall in UK

The recently-published Complete University Guide for 2012-13 has ranked International History at LSE in second place, just behind Cambridge and ahead of Oxford, Durham and UCL, in its History subject table. The rankings are based on student satisfaction, entry requirements, research excellence and employment prospects after graduation.


Complete University Guide

LSE History Graduates - Best Employment Prospects in the UK

History graduates from LSE enjoy the highest rate of success in the very competitive job market. The top placing of LSE History in employability is based on statistics provided by the UK government's Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This success has been most recently reflected in the independent Complete University Guide, released in April 2012, which noted that 87% of LSE History students secured graduate level jobs within six months of graduation. This is by far the best result for any History degree in the UK.


Dr Sajjan Gohel

The Martín Abel González Teaching Prize for 12-13 Is Shared this Year between the Following Graduate Teaching Assistants: Robin Mills, Andrea Mason and Sajjan Gohel

This prize was set up in 2011-12 and is named in memory of  Martín Abel González, a GTA who served for many years at the Department after completing his PhD and who tragically passed away. It is a prize that recognizes excellence in teaching and professionalism as these were qualities that distinguished Martín Abel González.

Previous recipients of this prize include Bryan Gibson, Christopher Brennan and Daniel Strieff.

In consultation with the Department's GTA forum, it has been agreed that the criterion for the award of this prize will be the highest teaching score gained by a GTA or Guest Teacher in the TQARO annual teaching survey.

Professor Dorothee Wierling


Historian Dorothee Wierling Becomes Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor 2013-14

The German Historical Institute London, the International History Department of LSE, and the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf have awarded the Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship for the research sphere "Germany in Europe 1890-2000". From 1 October 2013 Prof. Dr. Dorothee Wierling, Deputy Director of the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg, will spend a year in the role teaching at LSE and researching at the German Historical Institute London.

Her Inaugural Lecture, to be given on 22 October 2013, is entitled “Coffee Worlds: Global Players and Local Actors in 20th-Century Germany”.

Dorothee Wierling studied History and English Studies at the Ruhr University, Bochum. She gained her doctorate at the University of Essen in 1986 with a dissertation on the everyday experience of housemaids: “Girl for Everything. Biography and Working Day of Urban Housemaids around the Turn of the Century” (“Lebensgeschichte und Arbeitsalltag städtischer Dienstmädchen um die Jahrhundertwende”). In 2000 she completed her Habilitation at the University of Potsdam with the study “Born in Year One. 1949 as a Birth Year in the GDR. An Attempt at a Collective Biography” (“Geboren im Jahr Eins. Der Geburtsjahrgang 1949 in der DDR. Versuch einer Kollektivbiographie”). From 1990 to 1993 she built up an external branch of the Essener Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts NRW in Leipzig. This was followed by a DAAD Professorship at the University of Washington, Seattle, and several other Fellowships and Visiting Professorships, at institutions such as the University of Tel-Aviv, the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since 2003 she has been Deputy Director of the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg (FZH) and Professor at Hamburg University. Her research interests are in the sphere of social history and the history of mentalities in the late 19th and 20th centuries, with special reference to the links between gender, generation and class, and the relationship between biography and history. As an “oral historian” she has looked in great detail at the methodological and theoretical problems of personal recollections and narratives as a historical source.

The Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship for the research sphere “Germany in Europe” has been awarded annually since 2009. Previous Visiting Professors are Prof. Dr. Andreas Rödder (Mainz), Prof. Dr. Ute Daniel (Braunschweig), Prof. Dr. Christoph Cornelißen (Frankfurt am Main) and Prof. Dr. Johannes Paulmann (Mainz). The German Historical Institute London, the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf have recently announced an agreement to continue awarding the role for a further two years.


Dr Robert Barnes

Dr Robbie Barnes and Dr Paul Moore New Positions

The Department of International History is very pleased to announce that Robbie Barnes has been appointed as Lecturer in History at York St John University and Paul Moore has been appointed as Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Leicester.

We wish to thank them both for their contribution to the department and wish them well in their future careers.





Martin Abel Gonzalez Class Teaching Awards

The department is pleased to announce that Bryan Gibson, Chris Brennan and Daniel Strieff have been awarded the class teaching prizes by the School's Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC). Each year, TLC invites all departments to recognise the special contribution made to teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and guest teachers. The awards are based on the result of student feedback surveys, feedback from the lecturers responsible for the courses in departments that employ GTAs and guest teachers and other informal feedback available locally.
From this year onward, the department's teaching prizes will commemorate Dr Martin Abel Gonzalez, who died in tragic circumstances in 2011. Martin taught extensively during his time at LSE and was awarded the teaching prize on three occasions. The naming of the prize is a fitting tribute to Martin and his commitment to teaching excellence.



National Student Survey

History @ LSE - 92% Student Satisfaction in National Student Survey 2011

LSE History graduates have rated their degrees among the best in the country in the National Student Survey, the results of which were published on 17 August 2011. The overall satisfaction rating for History of 92% was also the joint highest recorded by LSE as an institution. The full results of the NSS for 2011 can be found through Unistats.



Alvandi Thesis - "Best Dissertation of the Year on a Topic of Iranian Studies"

Dr Roham Alvandi's thesis "Nixon, Kissinger and the Shah: US-Iran Relations and the Cold War, 1969-1976" has been awarded the "Best Dissertation of the Year on a Topic of Iranian Studies" by the Foundation for Iranian Studies for the academic year 2010-11. The Committee praised the dissertation for "shedding new light on the political and geostrategic context that provided the framework for close cooperation between the Shah and President Nixon, including the Shah's agency in the initiation and evolution of the Nixon Doctrine" and "identifying openings to further refinement of the study of Cold War politics".



IDEAS Co-Director Arne Westad Elected Fellow of the British Academy

Professor Arne Westad was one of only 38 academics to be elected to the British Academy at its Annual General Meeting on 21 July.

The British Academy is the UK's national academy for the promotion of the humanities and social sciences. It is an independent, self-governing body of more than 900 Fellows, including Marina Warner, Seamus Heaney, Eric Hobsbawm and Lord Bragg.

Professor Westad was recognised for his field-leading work in the history of the Cold War, and for his expertise in contemporary international affairs. As well as co-directing IDEAS, Professor Westad is an editor of the journal Cold War History, and general editor of the recently published three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War. Professor Westad has published fourteen books on a wide variety of topics in international history. His new book China and the World: A Global History of Chinese Power 1750-2050 will be published in the autumn.

The Academy's President, Sir Adam Roberts, said, 'I congratulate all the distinguished Fellows who have been elected to the Academy this year, on achieving this peer group recognition of the outstanding contribution they've made to scholarship and research in the humanities or social sciences. Election is not only an honour, but also a beginning. I look forward to their active participation in the life and work of the Academy.'

Dr Angela Romano


Dr Angela Romano Joins the Department as a Marie Curie Research Fellow

Dr Angela Romano has been awarded a two year European grant to carry out a project entitled 'EC Ostpolitik' which will explore the European Community's (EC) relations with the Soviet bloc across two periods: the flourishing of détente in the first half of the 1970s, and the decade of increasing East-West tensions in the period 1975-1985. We're delighted to welcome her on board.

Professor Daniel Ute


Professor Ute Daniel Appointed Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor for 2011-12

The German Historical Institute London (GHIL), the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Düsseldorf are pleased to announce that they have made their third appointment to the position of Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor in the field of Germany in Europe. For the first time, the timeframe for the research promoted in this position has been extended to cover the period from 1890 to 2000.
From 1 October 2011, Professor Daniel, professor of modern history at the Technical University in Brunswick, will spend a year researching at the GHIL and teaching at LSE. Professor Daniel's research will be on relations between the mass media and politics in the twentieth century, a topic which she will investigate comparatively in Germany, Britain, and the USA.


Zhong Zhong Chen

International History PhD Student Awarded Partnership Mobility Bursary

Zhong Zhong Chen, a first-year PhD candidate in the department supervised by Dr Kristina Spohr-Readman, has been awarded one of the two Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries available for 2011-12. The bursary will enable him to visit PKU for 2-3 months in order to work with academics on his thesis project.

Mr Christopher Parkes


Class Teaching Prize Awarded to Chris Parkes

Chris Parkes has been awarded a recent departmental class teaching prize by the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC). Each year, TLC invites all departments to recognise the special contribution made to teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and guest teachers.
The awards are based on the result of student feedback surveys, feedback from the lecturers responsible for the courses in departments that employ GTAs and guest teachers and other informal feedback available locally. Congratulations to Chris.


Arne Westad

Nominations for the 2011 AHA Election

Arne Westad, professor of international history and co-director of LSE IDEAS, has been nominated as one of two candidates for president of the American Historical Association. With more than 18,000 individual members, the AHA is the world’s largest organization of historians, and plays an important public role as a leader and public advocate for the field. Within the profession, the Association defines ethical and professional standards, and offers advice on good practices in the field. Externally, the Association works broadly on behalf of historical studies, the collection and preservation of historical documents and artifacts, and the dissemination of historical research. The election will be in the autumn.


Stephanie Hare

TV Documentary Featuring Former International History PhD Student Thesis

The thesis of former International History PhD student, Stéphanie Hare, Duty, Death and the Republic: The Career of Maurice Papon from Vichy France to the Algerian War (completed in 2008, supervised by Dr Robert Boyce) was featured in a documentary shown on French national television (France 2) on April 14. Read more details on the documentary, Maurice Papon, Itinéraire d'un Homme d'Ordre.  A review and a short extract from it can be seen here.


Nabila Ramdani

Nabila Ramdani on Turmoil in the Arab World

Nabila Ramdani, a PhD candidate in International History and a freelance journalist, recently participated in an Intelligence Squared debate at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Tuesday 15 Feb 2011. The debate, entitled "Turmoil in the Arab world: Is the genie of democracy out of the bottle?".

She has also written on recent events in the Middle East in a piece for Open Democracy.

More information on Nabila's work can be found in her website. She was recently voted the inaugural European Muslim Woman of Influence (2010) and is currently completing a thesis on the Egyptian Revolution of 1919.


Row Zambezi 2011

International History Student in Row Zambezi Expedition 2011

Dr Lewis has written a short essay in support of the Row Zambezi Expedition 2011. A charity event, designed to raise money for Water Aid, it is being organised by a second year History student, Oliver Cook. Dr Lewis was happy to be able to support this event following Livingstone's journey down the river, and she looks forward to seeing the team at the finishing line near Victoria Falls in the summer.



Abraham Lincoln: Saint or Sinner, Thursday 3 February, 9pm, BBC 4

The documentary film about Abraham Lincoln, on which Dr Alan Sked acted as historical adviser, will be broadcast on BBC4 on Thursday 3 February at 9pm. It will be available on their iPlayer service for a week thereafter


Wes Ullrich

Wes Ullrich Awarded the George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowship

Wes Ullrich has been awarded a George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowship for 2011 for his PhD research into 'US foreign policy, destalinisation, and regime change in the Soviet Union, 1953-1956'. The fellowship will be used specifically towards research into the prevailing perceptions of the Soviet Union and communism at the outset of the Eisenhower Presidency in 1953 that set the stage for the Eisenhower Administrations interactions with the new Soviet leadership in the following years.
The George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowships are given to encourage doctoral or postdoctoral research in 20th-century U.S. military or diplomatic history and related fields. The fellowships are administered by the George C. Marshall Foundation – a non- profit, non-governmental institution – and generated from a gift provided annually by the Baruch Family Foundation of Encino, California. The fellowships honour the career of George C. Marshall, 20th-century solider-statesman, and the Baruch family.



Jan Lemnitzer

Dr Jan Lemnitzer Wins PhD Dissertation Prize

Dr Jan Lemnitzer has been awarded the British International History Group 2010 prize for the best PhD dissertation completed on international history. The title of Dr Lemnitzer's thesis is The 1856 Declaration of Paris and the Abolition of Privateering: an International History. He is currently revising the thesis for publication with Palgrave.


Dominic Lieven

Professor Dominic Lieven Wins Fondation Napoléon Prize

Professor Dominic Lieven's recent book, Russia against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814 has been awarded the Annual Prize of the Fondation Napoléon, worth €5000. The Fondation Napoléon is a registered charity committed to the encouragement of the study of and interest in the history of the First and Second Empires, and the preservation of Napoleonic heritage.


Cambridge History of the Cold War

Publication of the Cambridge History of the Cold War

The three-volume Cambridge History of the Cold War has recently been published by Cambridge University Press. It is co-edited by Professor Odd Arne Westad of the Department of International History and one of the directors of IDEAS, LSE's renowned research centre on international affairs, strategy and diplomacy. More details on this work, including a list of contents and contributors, can be found here.


Vanni Pettina

Class Teaching Prize Awarded to Vanni Pettina

Vanni Pettina has been awarded a recent departmental class teaching prize by the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC). Each year, TLC invites all departments to recognise the special contribution made to teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and guest teachers.
The awards are based on the result of student feedback surveys, feedback from the lecturers responsible for the courses in departments that employ GTAs and guest teachers and other informal feedback available locally. Congratulations to Vanni.


Complete University Guide

History at LSE Ranked No.1 in The Complete University Guide 2011

LSE's International History department has been ranked in first place in the History subject listings (select History from the drop-down menu) in The Complete University Guide (in association with The Independent newspaper) for 2011, beating Oxford in second place and Durham in third place. This excellent rating maintains the first place standard from last year's Guide.


Steven Casey

LSE Academic Wins 2010 Harry S. Truman Book Award

Dr Steven Casey, an LSE lecturer in international history, has received the prestigious 2010 Harry S Truman Book Award for his work Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States, 1950-1953 (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Selling the Korean War, which previously won the 2009 Neustadt Award in American Politics, was selected from a record field of thirty-three entries to emerge as the winner of the Harry S Truman book award. This award recognises the best book published within a two year period that addresses an aspect of the life of US President Harry S Truman or the history of the United States under his presidency. Dr Casey is the first non-American to win this award, whose previous recipients include Dean Acheson, McGeorge Bundy, Bruce Cumings and John Gaddis.

Commenting on the book, Dr. Jeffrey Gall, chair of the Harry S. Truman Book Award subcommittee, said:

“The committee believes that Dr. Casey’s work is a unique and important contribution to the historiography of the Korean War. He explores how, at all levels, the Truman administration worked to control and shape the public’s understanding of what was occurring on the Korean peninsula and to maintain both popular and Congressional support for a conflict unlike any the nation had ever seen.”
“U.S. setbacks in the war clearly helped lead to Truman’s plummeting approval ratings as he left office, yet Casey argues the administration succeeded on other levels. Support for the war never totally collapsed as it might have, and the administration helped the public come to better understand the long, perilous, and complex situation faced by the nation in the emerging Cold War.”

Selling the Korean War has just been published in paperback.


Dr Tanya Harmer

British Academy Grant for "Brazil and the Cold War" Project

Dr Tanya Harmer participated in the Latin America International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS and the Centre for Documentation and Research at the Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (CPDOC-FGV) after the award of a joint British Academy grant worth £20,000 to organise two international conferences in Rio de Janeiro and London. Scheduled for September 2010 and April 2011, these conferences brought together academics from across Latin America and the UK to focus on Brazil's role in Latin America during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras.



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