In this section you can find news of relevance about the Department and its members, such as new appointments, publications, book launches, awards received, conferences invited to speak in, media coverage and standings in world and national ranks.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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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.
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 artefacts, and the dissemination of historical research. The election will be in the autumn.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 at the project's homepage.
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.
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.
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.
British Academy Grant for "Brazil and the Cold War" Project
Dr Tanya Harmer will be participating 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 will bring 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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