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Dr Antony Best, Associate Professor

Research and Publications

Dr Best's main fields of research interests lie in Anglo-Japanese relations, the origins of the Pacific War; the international history of East Asia; the history of modern Japan, and intelligence and International history. Recent publications include '"We Are Virtually at War with Russia": Britain and the Soviet Menace in East Asia, 1923-40', Cold War History, 2012 and ‘The Leith-Ross Mission and British Policy towards East Asia, 1934-37’, International History Review, 2013, as well as editing the following volumes: The International History of East Asia, 1900-1968: Trade, Ideology and the Quest for Order (Routledge, London, 2010), Imperial Japan and the World, 1931-1941 (Routledge, 2011) and (with John Fisher), On the Fringes of Diplomacy: Influences on British Foreign Policy, 1800-1945 (Aldershot, 2011) pp.1-15. He is also a co-author of International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Routledge, 2004) [co-written with J. Hanhimaki, J. Maiolo and K.E. Schulze].

Dr Best studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds before moving to London where he studied for his PhD at the London School of Economics. He joined the LSE as a Lecturer in 1989.

The main focus of his current research is a monograph which will deal with the role of race and monarchy in the shaping of the course of Anglo-Japanese relations in the period from 1854 to 1975. The book will study the way in which Japan was perceived by various groups in Britain such as the royal court, the political parties, the media, industrialists, the financial community, the labour movement and the church, and investigate to what degree domestic politics and perceptions influenced policy towards Japan.

To listen to Dr Best presenting a paper on Japan and the Cold War: An Overview (from 2009), follow this link|.

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Teaching and Supervision

Dr Best's teaching at the LSE reflects the research interests outlined above. He usually teaches the following courses:

At undergraduate level:

HY113: From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century| (taught jointly with other members of staff in the Department)

HY235: Modernity and the State in East Asia: China, Japan and Korea since 1840|

At Masters level:

HY461: East Asia in the Age of Imperialism, 1839-1945|

Dr Best also supervises the following PhD students:



Danya Barnes

The Development of Policy for the US Occupation of Japan, 1937-1945

Scott Gilfillan

Convenient Imperialism: Britain and France in Tokugawa Japan, 1858-1869

Cees Heere

The British Empire and the Challenge of Japan, 1904-1911

Yu Suzuki

Exploring the Origins of Alliance: Anglo-Japanese Diplomacy in Late Nineteenth Century

Takahiro Yamamoto

Collective Constructions: The establishment of borders and the emergence of modern Japanese state, 1861-1875

Contact Details

Office: Room EAS.E405
Telephone: 020 7955 7923
Email Address: A.Best@lse.ac.uk|

Office Hours

Monday: 11:30am-12:30pm and Thursday: 2-3pm


Dr Antony Best